Recent research has uncovered interesting findings linking digestive health and fibromyalgia.

What is fibromyalgia?

This common but poorly understood condition is a collection of symptoms. People have a burning or sensitive painful feeling in various locations around the body, often accompanied by digestive issues like IBS, brain fog, trouble sleeping, allergies, headaches or flu-like symptoms.

It can be different for each individual. Some people have constant symptoms and pain, for others it can come and go. 

It’s unknown what causes fibrymyalgia, but it can be linked to a trauma like an accident, traumatic emotional event, or virus. It’s also linked to poor sleep, and nervous system disruption so people feel more pain. 


Fibromyalgia & Gut Health – The connection


A recent study showed a link between gut bacteria as well.

This study was on humans looking at differences in stool bacteria between people diagnosed with fibromyalgia and controls. The gut microbiome of fibromyalgia patients showed significant differences when compared to that of controls.

And pain levels were correlated to increases and decreases in certain microbes. It’s not clear if the bacteria are causing the increased pain levels, or there because there is pain. 

Although we don’t know all the mechanisms and interplays in the gut yet, there is definitely a role to play to work with the digestive health of anyone with fibromyalgia. 

Not least because it normally comes with digestive symptoms too.

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