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How common are digestive problems in people with fibromyalgia?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Digestive complaints are common in fibromyalgia, including:
  • Irritable bowel syndrome in two of five people with fibromyalgia.
  • Bloating in two of five people with fibromyalgia.
  • Indigestion or heartburn in one of five people with fibromyalgia.
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Patients with fibromyalgia may frequently experience nausea, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, or gas. This could indicate irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that commonly coexists with fibromyalgia. Some findings suggest that a fibromyalgia-related overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine may be a culprit in the fibromyalgia-IBS connection. Certain fibromyalgia medications may cause gastrointestinal side effects.

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