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IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN IBS AND FIBROMYALGIA, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME AND GLANDULAR FEVER?...

Posted Dec 01 2010 11:28am 1 Comment

For anyone suffering from IBS they know that it can make their life a misery. With symptoms including stomach pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, fatigue, relationship problems, sleep problems, stress and depression, it's no wonder an estimated six million sufferers in Britain, hope for some kind of cure in the future.

There's no really satisfactory treatment for IBS and after your GP has done all the necessary blood tests and they come back clear, which also includes a colonoscopy and stool samples taken which still come back clear, then the chances are you will be diagnosed as suffering from IBS.

Dietary and lifestyle changes are offered, some of which work and the NHS also uses hypnotherapy as one of its treatments for this really uncomfortable disease.

Another treatment that they have found helpful is a drug called Amitriptyline, a low-dose antidepressant often given to help the nerves of the gut and also Imodium and Questran if you suffer from chronic diarrhoea.

The Gut Trust, is the national charity for IBS, www.theguttrust.org which has lots of information and links on its website, which says IBS is a disease of the whole person, which I completely agree with.

What I am trying to find out is if there is a link from other diseases such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and in particular Glandular Fever. I'm also interested in finding out if this is a hereditary disease.

My reasons for researching this are personal as well as hopefully helping other sufferers which include my daughter who suffers badly with IBS but has been told that most of her symptoms are 'in her head'. Why some GP's use these words is beyond me as I can quite assure them the pains are real and far from just being 'in the head'.

I went through many years of people saying this to me until one spinal consultant recognised that a lot of my symptoms were Fibromyalgia and referred me to see a Rheumatologist. When I was diagnosed with it, although I knew there was no cure, it made me feel a million times better for someone to tell me the pain and discomfort was 'real'.

I started suffering from IBS when I was young after suffering a really bad bout of Glandular Fever, and although I lost my Mum when she was only 53 years young, I remember her really suffering badly with Fibrocitis (now called Fibromyalgia). My daughters health problems also developed after a bad bout of Glandular Fever and some of her symptoms could easily be Fibromyalgia.

Lots of research is the only way I will find out if there is a link with these diseases but I would love to hear from anyone else who is suffering from IBS who has also had any other diseases like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Glandular Fever.

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Hi I came upon your post because I was trying to see if there was a link between glandular fever and irritable bowel syndrome. I had it as a child and from whst im told it was quite serious. Since my teens i started having an intolerance towards a certain sauce. And then at the age of 21 my ibs symptoms started. I cant recall if i had problems before, but I was aware if i overdid things i would get ill, I was aware also that I had a low immune system. But recently reading about how viral infections can trigger ibs I wondered about Glandular fever even though there is a good few years in between me having the glandular fever to then experiencing ibs. 
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