Fibromyalgia is characterised by:
- chronic generalised pain
- chronic fatigue
- poor sleep
- brain fog
- IBS – bloating, wind, abdominal pain, constipation/diarrhoea
A considerable proportion of patients with fibromyalgia experience gastrointestinal symptoms. Causes of gastrointestinal symptoms may include sensitivity to dietary constituents such as FODMAPs. Following the Low FODMAP Diet may significantly improve bowel issues.
The low FODMAP diet is used in the short-term to identify problem foods, followed by a re-introduction phase of higher FODMAP foods in order to normalise the diet as much as possible. For this reason working with a dietitian is very important.