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IBS and Whole-Body Pain

Or - Why do I hurt everywhere when my IBS acts up?

By Dr. Don Davis
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)  sufferers have enough problems with stool frequency, bloating and abdominal pain without having to deal with pain anywhere else.  But that’s just what recent research is beginning to show us.

 

We already know that there is increased “overall” pain in other syndromes like fibromyalgia and in many other degenerative diseases like diabetes and heart disease.  But pain in areas outside of the gut with IBS is a little hard to relate to.  The reality is, it’s there, and its common.

 

The research has been building for a while, in fact in 2003, studies showed that body-pain outside the GI tract with IBS was actually greater than Inflammatory bowel disease and Crone’s disease. 

The Gut, Inflammation and Depression

America is finally realizing that depression is a serious concern. Of course, the pharmaceutical companies have known for years that there’s money to be made, but now society is on full alert. It’s taken a few miss-steps with celebrities, but the message is clear; those suffering from depression aren’t just having the “blues”, they are suffering, and in a big way. What can we do to help these people? Well, this is one of those times where the best approach is to get back to finding the underlying cause.

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