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We Still Don't Know What Causes Fibromyalgia – But Could The Answer Lie In Your Stomach?

Friday 16 August 2019


From HealthCentral:


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We Still Don’t Know What Causes Fibromyalgia—But Could the Answer Lie in Your Stomach?

A new study found a link between the bacteria that populate the digestive tract (called the gut microbiome) and this chronic pain condition. Here’s what that could mean.

By Stephanie Stephens
M.A., Health Writer
August 15, 2019
© 2019 HealthCentral.

For the more than 10 million Americans who have fibromyalgia, a new study from Canada provides valuable information about this often-mystifying condition whose cause is still mostly undetermined.

Fibromyalgia causes widespread body pain, sleep problems, and fatigue, among other symptoms. To wit, it can take months or several years to diagnose, contributing to the emotional and mental distress that is also common with this condition.

But the new research, published in the journal PAIN, is the first of its kind to investigate variations in the makeup of the gut —basically, the trillion or so bacteria that inhabit your digestive system—between patients with fibromyalgia and healthy control participants. Could these bacteria differences hold the clues to why people get fibromyalgia in the first place? Here’s what you should know.


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