Fibromyalgia and IBS: What's the Connection?

  • 1

1 Answer

These messages are for mutual support and information sharing only. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and fibromyalgia often happen together, but how they are related is not understood. Up to 60% of people with IBS also have fibromyalgia, 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. Keywords: fibromyalgia ibs; ibs fibromyalgia.