Sunday, June 24, 2012

Irritable bowel? Maybe not.... 

This was posted today on a fibromyalgia Facebook page. While it studied CFIDS/ME patients, I'm pretty sure the results would also apply to people with fibromyalgia:

Gastric emptying is slow in chronic fatigue syndrome

I've spent a considerable amount of fibromyalgia message boards lately, and I have been astounded at the number of people with GI symptoms whose doctors have labeled it as "irritable bowel" without proper testing. I think it would be a good idea for those people to have a gastric emptying test to rule out gastroparesis. I had no idea it was this common; when I was diagnosed with it in 2003, I was told it was rare. Apparently not.

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