Fibromyalgia patient describes the pain she experiences
IBS, which stands for irritable bowel syndrome, can develop at any age, but the symptoms usually start to advance between the ages of 20 and 30 years old, and are most prevalent in women.
The condition is a common, long-term disorder which affects the large intestine and digestive system.
The symptoms of IBS vary from patient to patient, but the most common associated with the condition include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, excess gas, diarrhoea, constipation, and mucus in stools.
IBS symptoms tend to come and go periodically, lasting from a few days to a few months at a time, and often increase during times of stress or after eating certain foods.But according the London Pain Clinic, people with IBS may experience other medical conditions which have nothing to do with the bowel or stomach, such as fibromyalgia. But what is it?
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterised by widespread pain in the body
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterised by widespread pain in the body.
The symptoms tend to be experienced by the sufferer between the ages of 20 and 60, though the condition is more common with increasing age.
The pain may be worse at some times than others, and can feel like a deep ache in your muscles, like a burning or throbbing, or intense, persistent pain.
Fibromyalgia can also make you more sensitive, meaning that even the slightest touch can feel painful.
The condition can also make you feel tired and worn out, but eating certain foods can give you more energy, according to nutritionists at Healthline.
IBS symptoms: Pain and bloating could be caused by fibromyalgia
IBS symptoms most commonly include cramps and bloating
According to the site, because fibromyalgia can make you feel tired and worn out, so eating certain foods, such as beans, can give you more energy.
It states: “Avoid sweets, which will only give you a quick sugar boost. Your body will burn right through them, and then you’ll crash. Instead, eat foods that will five you more energy to get through your day.
“Combine protein or fats with carbohydrates to slow down their absorption. Choose fresh, whole foods high in fibre and low in added sugars.”
Alongside beans, foods it lists include almonds and other nuts and seeds, broccoli, tofu, oatmeal, dark leafy greens, and avocado.
Fibromyalgia can also cause other symptoms, particularly three linked to sleep.
IBS symptoms: Fibromyalgia tends to be experienced between the ages of 20 and 60
According to Bupa, fibromyalgia can cause a person to feel stiff, especially when they wake up, feel tired, and cause them to sleep badly.
If you have had these symptoms for at least three months, the health organisation advises you go see your GP to get some help.
There are also a variety of other symptoms and health conditions that can be associated with fibromyalgia. These include, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Is there a test for fibromyalgia?
There’s no specific test to diagnose the condition, but when you visit your GP your body will be examined to check for visible signs of the condition – for example, swollen joints could suggests arthritis rather than fibromyalgia