Pills, pills, pills. If we aren't dealing with some form of pain directly, then we are dealing with other FMS-related conditions.
We know all too well how trying this illness can be, as well as the importance of staying on top of the conditions to reduce flares. It is like a house of cards. Following are a few of the most common conditions associated with fibromyalgia and how I have dealt with them.
Irritable bowel syndrome
I have had IBS-C (irritable bowel syndrome, constipation-predominant) since I was a young child. Coming from a stressful home, I would sometimes go without a bowel movement for more than a week. The onset of cramps, spasms, and pain was intense, and they worsened significantly, as my fibromyalgia did. The spasms and sweating would lead to feeling as if I would faint (one time I actually did). I assume this all is due to the vasovagal response, a reflex from the vagus nerve's interaction with the nervous system.
I still feel like a child at times when I curl up while sitting on the toilet, rubbing my abdomen and hoping the episode will end soon. Staying away from caffeine as much as possible (aside from green tea), not overwhelming my diet with too much fiber (like uncooked vegetables, nuts, multi-grain bars/cereal), in addition to eating very little red meat, help to deter episodes of colic. My gastroenterologist recommended Colace to aid in movement because standard treatments like Miralax were inconsistent, and others (Dulcolax, Phillips, etc.) caused intense crampin