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Does fibromyalgia cause tummy problems?

Aug 25, 2015 10:43 PM

I have had problems with my stomach like not being able to potty so I had to have my large intestine removed so is there a link to my fibromyalgia and my stomach

Aug 26, 2015 1:26 AM

I know Fibromyalgia causes irritable bowel syndrome. I have issues with bowel movements as well so there is definitely a link. I wish you the best and a speedy recovery!

Aug 26, 2015 4:15 AM

I have stomach problems everyday. My problem is i go too much. Some days are worse than others.

Aug 26, 2015 5:57 AM

I have problems with my bowel moving to my doctor have me taking Linzess

Aug 26, 2015 2:08 PM

I think that doctors do not know the answer yet. There is still so much to learn. Finally doctors are actually recognizing that fibromyalgia is real. It was not that long ago that doctors thought people were crazy, faking, drug seeking hypochondriacs.

Aug 27, 2015 9:11 PM

I was Diganosed fibromyalgia. I find that the magic bullet does wonders for IBS. Lots of good fruits and vegetables. If this doesn't seem to help a serving of Metamucil will always do the trick every night one serving good luck.

Aug 27, 2015 10:05 PM

My mother and I both have fibro. She has been diagnosed with IBS I believe before fibro but I have some stomachnissues as well. Not as severe but there all the same. I avoid foods heavy is grease and high in acid. Tomatoes are the worst for me.

Aug 31, 2015 10:00 AM

My IBS started in childhood, predominantly constipation, before the 80's. I wasn't hit with fibromyalgia until 7 years ago, in the midst of extreme levels of inflammation in my body. When they removed the mass in 2010 the inflammation blood markers dropped drastically for five years, then sjogrens & hypothyroidism jumped on board. Fruits and veggies cause diarrhea, as simple as 1 apple a day. My IBS has never been close to being on an even plain. I do have to avoid fried of great, heavy foods.

Aug 31, 2015 10:04 AM

Potatoes and bananas are a good way to balance your digestive system between hard and soft. You also get the added benefit of the potassium from bananas to help with muscle cramps.

Aug 31, 2015 7:44 PM

I don't normally eat potatoes, unless they're sweet potatoes. I try to avoid most white starch foods. I know about bananas, but how do the potatoes help? 🙏🌼

Sep 01, 2015 9:16 AM

Hello I am new here but this is a good concept to I interact with others with the same issues.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia last summer but I'm sure I had it longer. A few years ago I went on a gluten free diet because I was having stomach pain. Being Wheat free is very hard at first but you get used to it. I wouldn't say the FM causes the tummy aches but it seems to go along with it. It's a complicated illness for sure.

Sep 02, 2015 9:52 AM

FlappysLady81, similar to white rice boiled potatoes are an easily digested food. They can absorb water decreasing diarrhea and add bulk to speed up transit time when constipated. I tried the gluten free diet which did help with inflammation but also dropped my weight too much so I stopped.

Sep 02, 2015 9:53 AM

Here is a good list of happy belly foods.

Sep 02, 2015 11:18 AM

Bull, Thanks for explaining and sharing the link! 🙏🌼

Sep 03, 2015 5:52 AM

Tummy troubles! Sheesh, I have to plan my day when I leave the house. I won't eat when I know I have to go somewhere. I never know when my tummy will start cramping and then diarrhea. My doctor is testing me for all sorts of things, why won't these doctors listen to me? Geez, I do a lot of reading and have done a lot of research. I don't want all this pain and medical issues, I would rather be healthy and living a different life!

Sep 03, 2015 6:44 AM

Many people are diagnosed with IBS prior to fibromyalgia so there is a definite link. Correct, though, not quite sure what that link is and I do not believe the medical profession is either. Hope you find some answers.

Sep 03, 2015 10:31 AM

We all know fibro is a nerve disorder/disease. After going through many doctors and pain clinics and research I have learned that the majority of the nervous system is actually located in the abdominal region ( parasympathetic nervous system) which controls breathing and heart rate along with digestion. It's also largely in charge of your immune system. "Belly breathing" or diaphragmatic breathing helps to engage this system and promote many positive things in the body. Lower heart rate & blood pressure, increase relaxation & aid with restful sleep. Even improve IBS symptoms and decrease pain levels. There are a few apps you can download to help learn this skill. Breathing with your belly going in and out instead of your chest feels foreign at first but has helped me a great deal. Hopefully it can help some of you too. I started out using "My Calm Beats"

Sep 03, 2015 11:05 AM

Thank you Bull! I will definitely check it out!

Sep 03, 2015 11:08 AM

MSRN28 thank you; I thought I was going crazy with all these medical problems hitting me at once. I was sent for an x-ray of my back; and the radiologist found a 10mm kidney stone in my right kidney. Aren't I just lucky?! Another issue to deal with.

Sep 03, 2015 6:52 PM

That's horrible :/

Sep 03, 2015 7:11 PM

Receptionist told me stones are spiky, doctor tells me laser to bust up the stone is painful. I thought, damn, just take it out then. No, CAT scan first...

Sep 03, 2015 7:38 PM

Bull, thanks for the information. It was very interesting. I have been abdominally breathing for years. It's the actual "proper" way to breathe and it does help when I do meditation and try to clear my head and distract myself from my pain. It's definitely a helpful tip!! Hope you have a great evening.

Sep 05, 2015 9:30 AM

Well, a test confirmed I have an infection and I was prescribed an antibiotic for 3 days. Then, I go back to doctor for a follow up. If I have to do the test again I am going to be upset. This tummy troubles is so limiting.

Sep 05, 2015 2:11 PM

I have found after years of being an advocate, I believe it's true, what works for one may not work for you, so try the suggestions that sound the best to you and go from there. I believe in listening to my gut, it's big enough to be a bully, I try and eat what I crave. Not just in the mood for but really crave. I've had less IBS trouble when I do this. It helps a lot of people I know so maybe it will help you too.

Sep 05, 2015 3:29 PM

The medication you are on could easily cause tummy problems and give you a tough time pinching a loaf hahaha drink lots of water eat lots of vegetables

Sep 06, 2015 8:49 PM

She, you aren't alone in not eating if you have to leave. I either don't eat or get up early enough to have 3-4 hours just in case. 🙏🌼

Sep 13, 2015 10:18 AM

I was just diagnosed this week and I have on and off again constipation with rounds of loose stools. Now I'm on iron supplements which make constipation worse. I'm tired. So very tired.

Sep 13, 2015 12:42 PM

Hoot, it's definitely no fun when you get backed up like that!! When you can't go, it's painful, can cause you to tear up your insides. I mentioned in another thread that one time I was so backed up I was in the bathroom for over 45 minutes with a Giant Sas

Sep 13, 2015 5:05 PM

Yes, IBS is very common with fibro. I deal with one extreme or the other. Sometimes I can't go at all for days on end and other times its a race to make it to the bathroom on time for days on end. Oh the joys!!

Sep 13, 2015 5:32 PM

Hi, I'm new, but check out microbiomes. It seems gut flora has a lot to do with everything.

Sep 13, 2015 6:01 PM

Ah yes, the wonder that is toilet time. I used to be regular as clockwork. Now I'm lucky if I can squeeze anything out more than twice a week. The doctor knows of course and now I've had iron added to my ever growing list, it's even more troublesome. I dread to think what the next addition will do, lol. It's not often you know when another will be added but my respiratory doc informed me last week that 'in about a fortnight you'll start another pill.' This one is for attempting to tamp down my allergy issues.
It's unpleasant, painful and takes a great deal of time to go. I can honestly say, it's not fun!
IBS is very common in fibro and many auto immune conditions. Also, the medication can play havoc with your digestive system. I suspect that's the major problem I have with mine.

Sep 14, 2015 5:33 PM

Oooh yes some days its like kangaroo poops (dried apricots seem to get the bowel moving again) others i just get there in time. There have been a few occasions where i cant move fast enough and well......... Sometimes I think I should be wearing a nappy! Lol

Sep 14, 2015 8:11 PM

Unfortunately the pain meds we're prescribed does cause problems with being able to have regular bowel movements. My doctor has prescribed Linzess. It's not perfect but it's much, much better than before.

Sep 14, 2015 8:50 PM

Thanks TigerChic
I'll ask about that one next drs appointment

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