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How can you tell if you have trouble with joints, muscles, and bones from irritable bowel syndrome?

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Two out of every three people with irritable bowel syndrome also have conditions that affect these body parts, called rheumatic diseases. Symptoms can vary, but you might get skin rashes, muscle pain, and headaches. Depending on the problem you’re having, different types of treatments can help. Talk to your doctor or see a rheumatologist to find out what might help you the most.

SOURCES:

NIH: “Celiac disease,” “Lactose Intolerance.”

FDA: “Living with Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Treatments.”

The Celiac Support Association: “Treatment of Celiac Disease and Gluten-Related Disorders: Gluten-Free Lifestyle.”

O’Leary C. , 2002. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Dukowicz A. 2007. Gastroenterology and Hepatology (NY),

The American College of Gastroenterology: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Other frequently asked questions about IBS.”

Parrish, C. 2008. Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #64,

Yang J. 2014. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics,

UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders: “The Association of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Ghoshal. U. , 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology

Ek, M. 2015. BMC Women's Health,

Lakhan, S. and Kirchgessner, A. 2010. Nutrition & Metabolism,

Lee, Y. , 2015. PLoS One

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 10, 2017

SOURCES:

NIH: “Celiac disease,” “Lactose Intolerance.”

FDA: “Living with Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Treatments.”

The Celiac Support Association: “Treatment of Celiac Disease and Gluten-Related Disorders: Gluten-Free Lifestyle.”

O’Leary C. , 2002. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Dukowicz A. 2007. Gastroenterology and Hepatology (NY),

The American College of Gastroenterology: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Other frequently asked questions about IBS.”

Parrish, C. 2008. Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #64,

Yang J. 2014. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics,

UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders: “The Association of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Ghoshal. U. , 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology

Ek, M. 2015. BMC Women's Health,

Lakhan, S. and Kirchgessner, A. 2010. Nutrition & Metabolism,

Lee, Y. , 2015. PLoS One

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 10, 2017

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