Having IBS With Fibromyalgia
It’s fairly common to have IBS with Fibromyalgia on top of it.
Chronic illnesses often come in pairs or even groups, which is unfortunate, but the reality we have to face.
Just the thought makes me want to smack my head against the wall!
I have three chronic illnesses, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, GERD and Chronic Anxiety.
How do I manage?? How do the others do it?? We just do.
It sounds like a lot to juggle, but with some adjustments you can still live a great life.
You just got to get these suckers under control and you’re golden!
Why Would One Illness Cause Another?
A disruption in the body can easily disrupt other neighboring areas.
For example, my intestines are below the stomach, the constant abnormal muscle spasms below can push on and affect the stomach above, creating my GERD symptoms like acid reflux.
OR the bacteria from my gut also harbors in the stomach area creating both IBS and GERD, but who really knows the real answer??!
That’s the problem with IBS, there’s no 100 percent proven cause.
Did you know, the majority of our immune system lies within the gut??
Is that insanity or what? I would’ve never thought…
But it makes sense when you think about it.
So basically if your gut (G.I. tract) isn’t well, you’re not well!
What Is Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is very tiring and painful, it can leave you bedridden to be quite honest.
medlineplus.gov tells us “Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. People with fibromyalgia have “tender points” on the body. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them.”.
This illness includes other symptoms and is fairly common, especially in those who have IBS.
Other common symptoms include difficulty sleeping and headaches, just to name a few.
Why Do So Many People Have Both IBS and Fibromyalgia?
More research needs to be done on IBS with Fibromyalgia, so many questions are still up in the air.
However, both of these illnesses are disorders and are triggered in the same part of the brain.
There’s obviously some big connection, here, but the research isn’t all there yet.
Stress can make both of these illnesses worse and more painful, another similarity of IBS and Fibromyalgia.
Does One Come Before The Other?
You might discover that you have Fibromyalgia before developing IBS or IBS first then suffer from Fibromyalgia.
There’s no special order that these illnesses occur, they can show up at different points in your life or all at once.
If you have one of these illnesses it’s not set in stone that you’ll have the other, but it is very common and you should at least educate yourself on the two illnesses.
Treating IBS With Fibromyalgia
Both illnesses are often treated together with antidepressants.
But if you’re not on the “let’s go for the prescriptions train”…I GOT YOU!
There are tons of nature’s finest antidepressants out there waiting for you.
You’ll hear all about my personal favorites below!
Exercise is a great, natural and healthy option, actually, your BEST option next to a medication.
You can do cardio or even yoga!
My recommendation for IBS with Fibromyalgia would be a bit of both.
Yoga is one of my favorite things..EVER! It’s amazing and I feel like a completely new person when I finish a session.
I was even one of those people that thought yoga was a load of crap before I tried it, GUILTY!
Yoga For Days
Just for the record, I like to keep blog posts light and fun as much as I can, even though we’re dealing with some serious stuff!
Life should be all about enjoyment, even if you’re dealing with IBS and Fibromyalgia.
Yoga is light, fun, relaxing, de-stressing and makes your mind and body feel good.
But seriously, you’ll be doing yoga for days! Every day, baby!
Yoga can relax both the mind and body, which is our goal here.
Below are great resources to get you started on yoga for IBS and Fibromyalgia.
If you prefer a book with very detailed images, “Yoga Anatomy” is awesome!
But, if you’d rather have a beginner’s DVD, check out “Yoga For Beginners”.
And you can’t forget the Yoga mat, trust me, I tried to do without, it’s just not the same.
For a lot of these poses that are great for IBS with Fibromyalgia, you need the grip and support a yoga mat gives.
The one I’ve shown you below is affordable and loved by many! It’s also a little bigger than a standard-sized mat!
Good Ole’ Natural Antidepressants
Hit IBS with Fibromyalgia head on with some great natural antidepressants!
One great natural antidepressant is exercise, research has shown this to be true. Check out my thoughts and ideas above about yoga!
Pretty please? Yoga is awesome, give it a real good try! I think you’ll love it!
Other options include B Vitamins like B6 and B12, they can affect your mood, this info is all thanks to Dr. Mercola!
Also, simple changes like a healthy diet and sun exposure can work like antidepressants and help with your chronic illnesses.
What To Eat With Fibromyalgia??
If you’re experiencing Fibromyalgia stomach problems, or in other words, most likely IBS with Fibromyalgia, try an IBS-friendly diet!
One of the most popular diets for IBS is the low FODMAP diet. I’m actually on this diet as we speak…or as I write…or as you read?
All of the above, let’s go with that!
Here It Is…The Holy Grail Low FODMAP Resource!
The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders
I’ve probably talked about this book in at least ten of my blog posts, because it rocks!!
Seriously, there are a million diets out there and learning of a brand new one can be a bit of a chore.
But I’ve got you covered here, check out Amazon’s Choice: The Complete Low FODMAP Diet.
It even says right on the cover it’s great for “managing IBS and other digestive disorders”.
I find the low FODMAP diet to still be great in my life because it’s not super restrictive, I can actually still enjoy many of my favorite foods.
In a nutshell, the diet focuses on cutting out specific types of carbs, FODMAP stands for these different carbs, known to cause digestive disruption.