Last year, I was hospitalized for colitis. They couldn't find a cause - no infection, no disease, just extremely inflamed. Now I experience lots of bloating and some pain. I believe the colon problems are related to fibro. Has anyone discovered a way to ease the bloating?
A Possible Reason Why IBD is Connected to FMS
There are a number of theories as to why fibromyalgia is common among those with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis. One such theory is that because the onset and progression of symptoms for both conditions often occur at the same time, it may be that they have a common cause, that being excess pro-inflammatory cytokine activation. In a study done in 2009 at the Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospital of Heraklion, University of Crete Medical School in Crete, Greece, this theory was backed up.
It found that:
· In 25% of people with IBD, musculoskeletal symptoms develop - the most common of which are arthritis and fibromyalgia.
· The symptoms happen either before or at the same time as IBD, not afterward, indicating that whatever caused the IBD could be accountable for the other conditions.
· Symptoms of IBD and the other conditions manifest and move parallel to one another.
· Successful treatment of the IBD often results in remission of musculoskeletal symptoms.
The bottom line of this study - and what appears to be consistent in dealing with IBD and fibromyalgia - is that controlling intestinal inflammation is a cornerstone therapeutic approach for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Our article on Crohn's Disease goes into great depth about this specific IBD. Read about it in this section.
Here is the link to the article!
Get your doctor to give you colestipol. When I first started taking it, I was on 4 pills a day and now I am down to one pill a day. I have been in 4 hospitals, had so many colonastomys and had to swallow the lightbulb so many times I cannot count but Colestipole has helped me better than anything. I have very little gas and bloating.
@A MyFibroTeam Member Thanks for the link to that article. I was tested for Crohn's Disease and for ulcerative colitis. I don't have either. They don't really know how to treat this since the colon is just inflamed. My small intestine is fine. It's so weird and I don't believe the bloating is just from gas but is also from inflammation. The article makes a lot of sense.
I get bloated till I look 8 months pregnant n am in tears in pain. Only thing any doctor has said was either I'm not going to the bathroom like I should or I need to change my diet. That's where they start. I knew someone who has to swallow a camera n found out she has crons .