|Doctors answers to viewer questions | vol. #6|
Dr. William C. Shiel Jr., Chief Medical Editor of MedicineNet.com discusses Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
The following is a partial transcript taken from this audio broadcast:
"Dr. Shiel, is it common that people with fibromyalgia also suffer with irritable bowel syndrome? Actually that is a very interesting question. It turns out that recent research has been pointing to information that would indicate that patients with fibromyalgia have an extra sensitivity to pain in their pain receptors. Their pain receptors are much more sensitive than the average person. What this means is that for a given stimulus where someone else might not feel pain, patients with fibromyalgia can detect pain. Analogous to that, there is definitely a higher incidence of irritable bowel syndrome (also known as spastic colon)..."
Listen to the entire audio segment: Fibromyalgia and IBS - What's The Connection? in this edition of / Checking Your Pulse/.