Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia: What's Normal, What's Not

Everyone experiences pain occasionally—and then there are people with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder whose often debilitating symptoms overlap with other diseases. So where does your pain fit in? This guide will help.

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Upset stomach

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is characterized by stomach cramping, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation, is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. But many people have the condition on its own.

IBS can be triggered by stress, hormonal changes, certain foods, or even antibiotics, and it can be treated with diet and lifestyle changes and with medication. If you have chronic abdominal discomfort with diarrhea or constipation accompanied by the pain described in the previous slide, it’s worth asking your doctor if you might be suffering from fibromyalgia.

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