Leaky Gut is a symptom that is frequently associated with CFS and
In my experience, a lot of
people who go on to develop Fibromyalgia and CFS often have IBS/ Leaky
Gut symptoms in advance of developing CFS/ Fibromyalgia.
Conversely people who had NO
problems with their gastro-intestinal tract prior to developing
Fibromyalgia/ CFS, often begin to report IBS and/or acid reflux (Gastroesophageal
Reflux Disease or GERD)
symptoms later in the illness. There also appears to be a higher
incidence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease as part of ongoing CFS/
there is good evidence that undiagnosed IBD in its early stages, can
often masquerade the symptoms of CFS/ Fibromyalgia, but this is outside
scope of this article.
Approximately 25% of
individuals report having gastro-intestinal symptoms including
bloating, gas, cramps constipation or diarrhoea BEFORE going on to
develop Fibromyalgia CFS.
Approximately 25% of cases
report having gastro-intestinal symptoms including bloating, gas,
cramps constipation or diarrhoea AFTER developing Fibromyalgia CFS.
Usually, after the trigger
infection is passed and sufferers are into the realms of CFS/
Fibromyalgia they discover that the IBS/ GERD symptoms gradually start
In CFS and Fibromyalgia
sufferers it is notable that the intestinal symptoms are most
noticeable at night and the stomach and GERD symptoms are more
noticeable during the day.
The nerve sensitization caused
by CFS and Fibromyalgia is triggering adverse reactions all along your
Firstly in explaining this i
must define Leaky Gut as oppose to IBS, as the actual process whereby
there is damage to the walls of the gastro-intestinal tract. This is
sometimes a thinning of the mucosal lining and in some cases a visible
I have recently come to the
conclusion that although there is evidently crossover between the
fatigue syndrome conditions and the gastro-intestinal conditions IBS/
Leaky Gut/ IBD.
However, i do NOT believe
Fibromyalgia/ CFS is caused by Leaky Gut, IBS.
But there appears to be a
certain predisposal amongst IBS/ Leaky Gut sufferers to go on to
contract Fibromyalgia/ CFS.
Just as there is a predisposal
amongst people who suffer from stress and anxiety and Fibromyalgia/
CFS, to complete the triangle there is predisposal amongst stress and
anxiety sufferers to develop IBS, Leaky Gut.
It is plain to any lay person
that the chance of these links being coincidental is highly unlikely.
I have written previously about
stress and anxiety and its link with the fatigue syndrome conditions.
Indeed it appears that people
with IBS/ Leaky Gut/ IBD are often misdiagnosed as having Fibromyalgia/
CFS on account of the number of symptoms that are identical.
However normally a General
Practitioner should pick this up as part of the routine testing of
suspected CFS/ Fibromyalgia sufferers, and treat any gastro-intestinal
issues accordingly. But it seems that some individuals can be too
embarrassed about admitting to problems with their intestines and
possibly have not fully disclosed the issue.
It goes without saying that
this is a chronically detrimental practice.
a lot of Fibromyalgia/ CFS sufferers who had no previous IBS/ Leaky Gut
symptoms appear to develop Leaky Gut, IBS, post
Is the Autonomic Nervous System
being compromised by IBS, Leaky Gut IBD to such an extent that they are
facilitating a predisposition to develop the fatigue syndrome
Or vice versa is the fatigue
syndrome condition predisposing these sufferers to develop the IBS/
I believe the answers all lie
in the specifics of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
Effects can be stimulated from
either side of the equation, the nerves of a Fibromyalgia/ CFS sufferer
can stimulate anomalies in the gastro-intestinal tract, or the tract
itself may become damaged by external influences and affect the
recovery of a Fibromyalgia/ CFS sufferer.
We have previously discussed
how large sections of the immune systems are based around the
gastro-intestinal tract by design in
order to deal with the enormous amount of work
that has to be done to filter toxins and poisons out from what we put
into the gastro-intestinal tract on a daily basis.
It goes without saying that a
full recovery from Fibromyalgia CFS cannot be contemplated while this
system is still malfunctioning.
Please read part two of the article for treatment
Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut, Helicobacter Pylori and Acid Reflux.
Fibromyalgia. A Treatment Strategy. Part 2
Clive L. Haslam,
(B.A, M.Sc, PgDip)
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Research.
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Sufferer.
Fibromyalgia/ Chronic Fatigue
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