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Had abdominal pain 3+ times, past 12 months

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For sample persons age 18 and over, this variable indicates if the respondent had
"any type of pain or severe discomfort in [the] abdomen three or more times" in the previous 12 months. Abdominal pain was defined as the area between the lower ribs and the hips, and respondents were shown a diagram to illustrate the relevant area of the body. Respondents were also instructed not to include pain related to kidneys, bladder, or arthritis or menstruation or pregnancy.


ABPAIN3XYR was part of the 1989 survey supplement on Digestive Disorders, which had three sections. The first section asked about specific conditions such as gallstones, ulcers or colon or bowel conditions (for example, see IRRBOWELYR , ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had "inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel, or constipation severe enough to require medication"). The second asked about abdominal pain (including ABPAIN3XYR), and the third section was on normative bowel functions, which (for example, see BMFREQXDAY, frequency of own bowel movements: times per day). This variable is different from ABPAINTRUBYR which was included in the normative bowel section (rather than the abdominal pain section) and asked about whether respondents had a "a lot of trouble" with abdominal pain, along with 17 other health problems.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1989: Sample persons age 18+.


  • 1989