Abdominal pain or stomach pain is a common complaint in ME/CFS. It often forms a part of a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or gastroparesis both of which are common in ME/CFS patients, although it may have other causes, such as ulcers and should be investigated to rule out alternate diagnoses.
Prevalence[edit | edit source]
- Katrina Berne, PhD, reports a prevalence of 50-90% for IBS symptoms (including diarrhea, nausea, gas, and abdominal pain).
- In a 2001 Belgian study, 81.8% of patients meeting the Fukuda criteria and 85.6% of patients meeting the Holmes criteria, in a cohort of 2073 CFS patients, reported gastrointestinal disturbance.
ME/CFS[edit | edit source]
Symptom recognition[edit | edit source]
Long COVID[edit | edit source]
Research studies[edit | edit source]
- 2010, Gut inflammation in chronic fatigue syndrome
Possible causes[edit | edit source]
Potential treatments[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
- Digestive signs and symptoms
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Pain signs and symptoms
Learn more[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- The Gastroparesis and Dysmotilities Association. "Your Upper Digestive Distress is NOT: IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)" (PDF). The Gastroparesis and Dysmotilities Association. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
- Berne, Katrina (December 1, 1995). Running on Empty: The Complete Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (2nd ed.). Hunter House. p. 58. ISBN 978-0897931915.
- De Becker, Pascale; McGregor, Neil; De Meirleir, Kenny (December 2001). "A definition‐based analysis of symptoms in a large cohort of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome". Journal of Internal Medicine. 250 (3): 234–240. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2796.2001.00890.x.
- Maes, Michael; Leunis, Jean-Claude; Geffard, Michel; Berk, Michael (2014). "Evidence for the existence of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) with and without abdominal discomfort (irritable bowel) syndrome". Neuro Endocrinology Letters. 35 (6): 445–453. ISSN 0172-780X. PMID 25433843.
- Jason, Leonard A; Jordan, Karen; Miike, Teruhisa; Bell, David S; Lapp, Charles; Torres-Harding, Susan; Rowe, Kathy; Gurwitt, Alan; De Meirleir, Kenny; Van Hoof, Elke LS (2006). "A Pediatric Case Definition for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 13 (2–3): 1–44. doi:10.1300/J092v13n02_01.
- Soriano, Joan B.; Allan, Maya; Alsokhn, Carine; Alwan, Nisreen A.; Askie, Lisa; Davis, Hannah E.; Diaz, Janet V.; Dua, Tarun; de Groote, Wouter; Jakob, Robert; Lado, Marta; Marshall, John; Murthy, Srin; Preller, Jacobus; Relan, Pryanka; Schiess, Nicoline; Seahwag, Archana (October 6, 2021), A clinical case definition of post COVID-19 condition by a Delphi consensus, World Health Organization (WHO) clinical case definition working group on post COVID-19 condition, World Health Organization
- Lakhan, Shaheen E; Kirchgessner, Annette (2010). "Gut inflammation in chronic fatigue syndrome". Nutrition & Metabolism. 7 (1): 79. doi:10.1186/1743-7075-7-79. ISSN 1743-7075.
myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.
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