Fibromyalgia Patients Have Increased Risk of Developing Peptic Ulcer Disease, Study Finds

Fibromyalgia Patients Have Increased Risk of Developing Peptic Ulcer Disease, Study Finds
Researchers from Taiwan found that patients with fibromyalgia are 1.4 times more susceptible to developing peptic ulcer disease (PUD) than those without the disease. The finding were recently published in the journal Plos One in a study titled “Association between fibromyalgia syndrome and peptic ulcer disease development.” About 50 percent of patients with fibromyalgia also have secondary illnesses, such as gastrointestinal disorders. Previous studies have associated fibromyalgia pain with specific foods or even small intestinal bacterial outgrowth. Although the underling mechanism that associating fibromyalgia with gastrointestinal disorders is still unclear, some researchers believe that they can have the same drivers. Ulcers are often caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. Consumption of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) has also been linked to the development of ulcers. Researchers performed a nationwide study based on Taiwan's National Health Insurance program to evaluate the association between fibromyalgia and the development of peptic ulcer disease. A total of 26,068 fibromyalgia patients and 104,269 controls were included in the study. Fibromyalgia patients showed a higher incidence of secondary diseases such as diabetes, liver cirrhosis, hypertension, depression, and gastroesophageal reflux disease than the control group. NSAID use was also reported to be more higher in the fibromyalgia group than in the control group. The authors found a higher incidence of peptic ulcer disease in fibromyalgia patients — a 1
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  1. Julie Shenk says:

    Well now, this does make sense for my findings from my first ever upper GI I’ve had done. My gastro could not figure out (I did not have bleeding ulcers) why I had so many blisters within me. I avoid medications for that affect my stomach for years. I’m not crazy after all.

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