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Digestive issues and fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia | Last Active: Dec 26, 2022 | Replies (25)

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@ gastrochic. I have all the gastro problems you have and more. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia after 15 years of having my symptoms dismissed by multiple Doctors. I am almost bedridden now. To answer your question. I find it hard to separate the 2 problems. I feel one just aggravates the other. You didn't mention your age but the younger you can find good Doctors to help and listen to your concerns, I would think the better you will find ways to cope. I never had that privilege. Best wishes to you. Wish I could have been more help.

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@gastrochic @diceanna21 you are not alone. I also have all the problems you have, and after several years was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

I find having the head of my bed raised on bed risers (available on Amazon and linen and bath stores) helps with the reflux, along with a Prevacid at bedtime. I stop eating and drinking by 9:00 p.m. the latest.

For constipation and irritable bowel I take two tablespoons of generic brand Metamucil (psyllium fibre - make sure it’s the whole husk kind and not the very fine powdered kind which gels before you can drink it down). I started with one teaspoonful and worked my way up to two tablespoonsful. That has made a world of difference with constipation. It takes two or three days to start working and you can’t skip a day.

I'm 46. Had problems for years. My GP never said fibromyalgia, my neurologist did. But I knew with all my complaints I baffled my DR. I'm glad my neurologist at least put the pieces for me, and with that everything makes a little more sense to me. But I also accept I have a lot more to learn, I just found out early November of this year. Thank you for your respond. I appreciate it and God's blessings to you.