I’ve decided to tackle a topic that not many people want to talk about, but many people with the above diagnoses often experience. Before I get to the article, let me explain what the acronyms are for:
CFS = Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
ME = Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
SEID = Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease.
All of these are different terms for the same diagnosis. In the US, CFS is more commonly used and outside of the US, ME is more commonly used.
I’m sure many more people are familiar with the acronym of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). According to the article, Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME, there is no known reason behind why these disorders/diseases are often connected; however, “we do know that all three conditions can include, imbalances of the chemical serotonin…” In my opinion, IBS is more easily treated that Fibromyalgia or CFS/ME, and it is important to treat the condition as IBS can cause the other orders to become inflamed.
Talking about your digestive system is often not comfortable, but it is important to bring up your symptoms to your doctor so that they can be addressed.
I struggled with IBS for many years, even before my Fibromyalgia and CFS diagnosis. While medicines worked a bit, changing my diet made a larger difference. If you would like some help to navigate this co-morbid diagnosis, OR need help with how to approach your doctor about it, I’d be happy to help!
I’m Kate Straus and I’m a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor. I help Jewish women feel confident in their ability to practice their faith while navigating the ups and downs of fibromyalgia. I’m using the disease that at one time knocked me down, to help support others live life to their fullest.