Embracing life with chronic pain.

Fibromyalgia and IBS

The joy of having a combination of chronic illnesses. IBS makes Fibro symptoms worse….and vice versa!!

I have found that recent studies have shown that people who have both IBS and fibromyalgia suffer from symptoms that are 38% more severe than those who only have one illness. IBS tends to exacerbate fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, while fibromyalgia tends to increase the severity and frequency of IBS symptoms.
Studies also show that people with both illnesses tend to have a worse quality of life than those with only one. This is because of the limitations that the combination of diseases can put on our daily lifestyle.

Living with a chronic illness/condition is difficult enough…..you know that we struggle to manage our symptoms and try to maintain some semblance of “normalcy”! Yes…our “normal” can mean just being able to get out of bed long enough to watch our kids get on the bus….or just having the strength to get dressed before resting on the couch.

I have been dealing with severe Fibromyalgia/Polyarthralgia symptoms for almost one full year…..made much more intense with the death of my Baby Sis.

Now the additional reading I have been doing makes sense of my IBS! I had really noticed improvement with my IBS since going on the Low FODMAPs diet….understanding all the trigger foods! (There are a lot!!!)

Yet…like today…out of the blue….my stomach started cramping….the knot was incredible….I couldn’t even stand up straight when I had to get into the kitchen so that I could take some of my Milk of Magnesia….(my go-to when I can tell that I am in knots)……

Should have known something was going wrong….my body was so extremely chilled earlier….(my body was trying to let me know something was going to cut loose)!!!

Day to day life is NOT easy….or predictable when dealing with our chronic illnesses/conditions. We do the best we can…..while being as patient with ourselves as possible.

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