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How do you know if you have fibromyalgia related to irritable bowel syndrome?

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Up to 60% of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have this disorder, which causes lasting pain, stiff muscles, and tender spots around the body. People who have it also feel very tired and have trouble sleeping. Doctors suspect that IBS and fibromyalgia have a common cause, but they don’t know what it is yet. To help you feel better, your doctor may prescribe pain medication, antidepressants, or sleep aids. Light to moderate exercise, stretching, and massage can help, too.

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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