In addition to the main symptoms of muscle pain, pain and fatigue, people with fibromyalgia syndrome may have a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms. These include heartburn, which can be caused by acid reflux (also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or GERD)), or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
The heartburn is uncomfortable, and MAY ALTER the sleep patterns, which can make the fatigue associated with fibromyalgia syndrome even worse. Other gastric symptoms may include pain, discomfort, and difficulty swallowing.
According to a study conducted by a doctor in Ireland in 1991, 70% of people with fibromyalgia syndrome also had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and 65% of people with IBS had fibromyalgia syndrome. About 40% to 70% of people with fibromyalgia syndrome have gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
If the valve in the upper part of the stomach (lower esophageal sphincter), is weak, can allow some of the contents of the stomach, including stomach acid, back to the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth and stomach, Also known as the feeding tube or throat). When the acid returns to the esophagus, it can cause the uncomfortable burning sensation of heartburn. Other symptoms include belching, pain, coughing, and feeling dizzy. The acid in the stomach should be very strong to aid the digestion of food. If the lining of the esophagus is damaged and inflamed by the acid, this is known as esophagitis.
Irritable bowel syndrome
IBS can cause heartburn, as well as stomach pain and discomfort, attacks of diarrhea or constipation, nausea, feeling fullness and bloating.
Triglycerides of heartburn
Some people find that their acidity is triggered by certain things. These may include:
Eat very large meals
Eat spicy food
Eat fatty foods
Drink lots of caffeinated drinks, like coffee and soda
Eat acidic foods
Wearing clothes that are too tight around the stomach
Drink too much alcohol
Eating too close to bedtime
Poor posture, including bent sitting
Bend down a lot
Treatment of heartburn
Doing what the triggers are acidity, and avoiding them when possible can help – these differ from one person to another. Small changes in the environment can also help even something as simple as putting blocks under two of the legs of the bed to allow sleeping with the head six to eight inches taller than the feet can improve the symptoms, helping Draining acid back out of the esophagus more quickly.
There are a number of recipes and over-the-counter medications for heartburn. These include antacids, which neutralize the acid in the stomach already, drugs that reduce acid production in the stomach (proton pump inhibitors or H2 blockers), and medicines that help move food faster through the digestive system (Prokinetics).
People with fibromyalgia syndrome, especially those who are already taking medications, should not take extra over the counter remedies without consulting the doctor or pharmacist. If the digestive symptoms change suddenly, this can be the sign of another illness that can be serious – Always consult a doctor.