Abdominal pain

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Abdominal pain is a common complaint in ME/CFS. It often forms a part of a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)[1] or gastroparesis[2] 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).[3]
  • 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.[4]

Symptom recognition[edit | edit source]

Research studies[edit | edit source]

  • 2010, Gut inflammation in chronic fatigue syndrome[5]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dellwo, Adrienne (Oct 22, 2019). "Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Fibromyalgia and CFS". Verywell Health. Retrieved Nov 20, 2019. 
  2. The Gastroparesis and Dysmotilities Association. "Your Upper Digestive Distress is NOT: IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)" (PDF). www.digestivedistress.com. Retrieved Jul 9, 2019. 
  3. Berne, Katrina (Dec 1, 1995), Running on Empty: The Complete Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS), 2nd ed., Hunter House, p. 58, ISBN 978-0897931915 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

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