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Can probiotics help with digestive problems linked to fibromyalgia?

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Probiotics are dietary supplements that contain potentially beneficial bacteria or yeasts. They may assist with the breakdown and proper absorption of food and help improve digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is common in people who have fibromyalgia. Some of the ways probiotics are used include:

Side effects of taking probiotics are usually mild and include gas or bloating.

  • treating diarrhea
  • preventing and treating infections of the female genital tract
  • treating irritable bowel syndrome

SOURCES: Medline Plus: "All Herbs and Supplements." The Natural Standard: "Foods, Herbs, and Supplements." Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.




The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Melatonin."

Rossini, M. March-April 2007.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

SOURCES: Medline Plus: "All Herbs and Supplements." The Natural Standard: "Foods, Herbs, and Supplements." Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.




The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Melatonin."

Rossini, M. March-April 2007.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

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