Are Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Fibromyalgia Connected?

Irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia both have one thing in common. They both are pain syndromes that are chronic.

Fibromyalgia is a painful common condition that involves the muscles. The pain is more often than not very severe and may involve muscles, ligament, tendons and soft tissues. The other symptoms seen in this condition are sleep problems, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, headaches, anxiety and depression.

Irritable bowel syndrome on the other hand, is a condition that is characterized by cramps, abdominal pain, bloating and changes in the bowel movement. The patient may suffer from constipation, diarrhea or both alternatively. Anxiety and depression is also commonly seen in these people.

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