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Major Digestive Issues And Fibromyalgia ~ 5 Simple Steps That Will Help Heal Your Achy Gut

Ever wonder why you are experiencing so many digestive problems alongside your FMS?

Major digestive issues and Fibromyalgia are constant companions is my life. So much so, that it just seems ‘normal’ to me. Until it gets out of hand, like that bout of H. Pylori infection I had last year. Oh my gosh, that was truly one of the most miserable things I’ve ever experienced….ugh.

Digestive problems happen when you have Fibromyalgia for several reasons:

  • Food Intolerance ~ Many people with FMS develop aversions/reactions to certain foods. The further I go, there are some foods I simply cannot abide anymore. Milk is out of the picture. I miss a big cold glass with a cookie or two, but my gut gets so twisted up it’s just not worth it. Speaking of cookies, refined sugar can only be had in small amounts as well, or I feel like I’ve been thrown into some type of sugar shock! The list keeps growing. I’m sure you have your own itemized lineup of edible ‘no-no’s’.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome ~ 70% of Fibromyalgia patients develop IBS. In both conditions there is a shared ‘pain response’. In fact, there have been studies done that have shown a possible underlying link between the two conditions.

  • The Ol’ Nervous System ~ Your automatic nervous system is made of two parts: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The ‘sympathetic’ has to do with blood pressure, heart rate, adrenaline, fight or flight, ect. In FMS patients the sympathetic is almost always in overdrive. This throws the parasympathetic (which is involved in relaxation and digestion) out of whack.

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As we all well know, there is to date no cure for FMS. There is only symptomatic control. This can be good news though as far as our digestive systems are concerned, because a good deal can be done to improve these issues.

Major Digestive Issues And Fibromyalgia ~ 5 Simple Steps That Will Help Heal Your Achy Gut

  1. Going The ‘Gluten-Free’ Route ~ Many FMS patients, like the renowned Tami Stackelhouse, have found a vast improvement by forsaking gluten products. If you want to give it a try, I suggest trying a day ‘on’ GF, and a day ‘off’. Although it may take longer to notice a change, but considering its a response to what you eat in the moment, it should be noticeable pretty quick whether or not GF will help.

  2. Pro-Biotics…YAY! ~ Can’t say enough about a good pro-biotic to balance out all the flora in your gut. I’m taking a GREAT one right now, and will be doing a post in the near future to introduce you all to it!

  3. Mindfulness ~ Okay, not in a ‘NEW AGEY’ way…SO not into that. What I mean is, just be aware of your physical state when you go to put something in your mouth. Chances are you’re all ‘bunged’ up and tense. Purposefully relax your muscles, and take a deep breath. Slow down as you go to consume your meal. We actually do have a good measure of control over our sympathetic nervous responses, but it takes intent and practice.

  4. Acid Reducers ~ These were life savers for me when I had the H. Pylori infection. Because mine was caused by a peptic ulcer (a sore in the lining of the throat near the duodenum), taking Zantac was a huge help. You may not have a peptic ulcer, but acid reflux is a common complaint with FMS. A little FYI, Zantac is expensive, but Costco sells their Kirkland brand equivalent that is the same thing for a FRACTION of the cost.

  5. Clean It Up Soldier! ~ Eating a whole foods/healthy diet is SO key! Its not called ‘junk’ food for nothing. The body was made for clean eating, and responds with loving kindness when fed with the correct fuel.

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14 Comments

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    Dianna
    January 25 at 6:17 am

    Thank you, Kristine, for another great post. I think I could write a book on my gut problems. I had MAJOR issues with this close to a year ago due to an extreme change in diet. I now make my own yogurt (dairy doesn’t seem to bother me if done in small doses), take a probiotic , and my doctor encouraged me to try Linzess. Because of our insurance it was affordable and it has been such an answer to prayer for me.

    I’m still not really certain about the gluten. I think there is a slight intolerance, but I only consume it in small quantities. I like your approach…one day on and one day off.

    Have a wonderful day!
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      kristine
      January 25 at 9:45 am

      Interesting Dianna! I never thought to make my own yogurt…I’m intrigued! 😉 I’ll have to look into this ~ Have a great week! ♥

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    Tianna
    January 25 at 9:08 am

    thanks for these helpful tips! Healthy digestion is so important! xx

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      kristine
      January 25 at 9:44 am

      You are welcome Tianna, and thank you! Have a wonderful week ♥

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    Nikki
    January 26 at 5:59 pm

    Kristine, although I don’t have fibromyalgia my AI disease has issues with this too. Until I stopped eating gluten I was miserable. Living in the bathroom or starving. Not fun, is it? I like to use kefir to help, it’s tasty and not very expensive.
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      kristine
      January 26 at 7:18 pm

      Hey Nikki 🙂 Yes, I actually had you in mind when writing the tip on gluten free eating! Kefir is great, so is sauerkraut and kimchi! Have a great week ♥♥♥

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    Reuven
    January 26 at 6:06 pm

    So glad to have found your post through the #WayWow linkup. My wife has fibromyalgia and we’re always looking for steps to take to reduce her symptoms. I’m definitely going to be sharing your post with her as we haven’t yet tried the gluten-free route. Thanks so much for sharing all of this info with us. It’s certainly wonderful when people learn and grow through their challenges and then help others.

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      kristine
      January 26 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you Reuven! So sorry your wife has to deal with FMS, but I am VERY GLAD you found your way here! Hopefully she will be able to pick up helpful tips, as well as receive encouragement along the way 🙂 Blessings to you both! 😉

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    Amma
    February 3 at 3:15 pm

    This is one of the first posts I’ve read that is actually “sane” and doable. I do all these things and it does help, not cure. I’m so tired of reading things that require near impossible hoops to bring a promised cure. Often causes me to feel guilty that I’m sick because I’m not doing enough. I take Zantac also. I tried the natural route, but it just didn’t work. While I don’t like taking meds I have to do what works! Ty for common sense p0st

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      kristine
      February 3 at 11:43 pm

      Thank you Amma! I know EXACTLY what you mean about feeling ‘guilty’! I often think I should be ‘doing’ more than I already am. But you know what? It’s good enough to just be moving in the right direction, ‘perseverance’ not ‘perfection’ 😉

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    Brooke
    February 13 at 10:07 pm

    I have fybromyelgia and stomach issues along with acid reflux, I found over the counter meds didn’t work for me at all! I now use 2 tbs. Of organic apple cyder vinegar and a glass of water a day and I drink kumbacha multi green tea. It has worked great!!

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      kristine
      February 13 at 10:17 pm

      THanks for this Brooke! I’ve been reading alot about apple cider vinegar lately. Will have to look into it! Have a great week! 🙂

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    Sharon
    April 21 at 10:30 am

    Thank you for this post Kristine, a lot of it I know but it’s good to be reminded again because I tend to get into a rut. I have Fibro and always had IBS just in the last two weeks discovered that onion makes me ILL. I’ve eaten it all my life now not a chance. I find I have also lost all taste or desire for meat, it’s been an interesting month.

    Looking forward to future posts .
    Sending gentle hugs
    Sharon

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      kristine
      April 21 at 5:11 pm

      THank you Sharon! Glad it helped 🙂

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