As we all know, we are not dealing with only ONE condition…..those of us with Fibromyalgia are dealing with any number of other conditions….
My biggest tormenter….in addition to everything else that I am and have dealt with….is IBS! Primarily IBS-D! (Gross as it is…it is one of the reasons I am SO thankful that I have a permanent colostomy! It buys me time! I do not have to rush to the restroom as fast…)
I was able to see a great nutritionist several years ago who placed me on a Low FODMAPs diet. The food journaling….the extreme start of the strict diet….was definitely worth it! Through the years I have been able to learn how my “gut” reacts to food….to seasonings….to additives…etc. I have learned what to completely avoid….what I can tolerate….what is totally safe….
However, the Fibromyalgia/Polyarthralgia/Chronic Pain Disorder completely override all this careful, proven planning! The stress that the body undergoes while dealing with our myriad of symptoms….triggers my IBS-D in such a nasty…horrific way!
No longer is it a simple notion of knowing I accidentally ingested a touch of garlic in the darn salad dressing! It is now….”out of the blue”…..those tell-tell cramps….those gut wrenching knots….that overwhelming “sick to my stomach” feeling…..the horrific bloating….not to mention the persistent diarrhea…..followed by the absurdly tired/sore tummy muscles!!
The IBS flares require total, complete rest…..which of course makes it difficult to do the stretching I need to do for my Fibromyalgia, etc…..
Thus….the most vicious cycle!