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Ever had spastic colon, functional bowel, irritable colon, IBS

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For persons age 18 and over SCFBICIBSEV indicates if respondents ever had any of four conditions: a spastic colon, functional bowel, irritable colon, or irritable bowel syndrome. Respondents who answered affirmatively were then asked to specify which one(s) or could identify another similar condition (OSBCONEV, ever had similar bowel condition). These terms were all respondent-defined.


The Supplement on Digestive Disorders had 3 sections. The first section asked about specific conditions , such gallstones, ulcers or colon or bowel conditions, as well as treatment of these conditions. The second section in the Digestive Disorder Supplement asked about abdominal pain (such as ABPAIN3XYR, had abdominal pain 3 or more times, past 12 months). The third was on normative bowel functions, which such as ABGASTRUBYR, had trouble with abdominal gas in the past 12 months.

Related Variables

Variables for these other specific conditions are included in the 1989 survey.

These include:

  • IRCOLEV ever had an irritable colon

Variables for these other conditions include:

  • GALBT ever had other (non-gallstone) gallbladder trouble
  • DIVEV ever had diverticulitis


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1989: Sample persons age 18+.


  • 1989