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Findings from a large study in the September 28th issue of BMC Gastroenterology indicate that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are at increased risk for migraine, fibromyalgia, and depression.

Previous research has linked IBS with these disorders, but much of the supporting data has come from case reports or from small clinical practices. The current study involved more than 125,000 subjects.

Compared with non-IBS patients, those with the condition were 60% more likely to have any one of the three target disorders, the report indicates. The elevated risks for depression, migraine, and fibromyalgia were 40%, 60%, and 80%, respectively.

The current findings support previous reports, which have promoted speculation that all four disorders share an underlying biological mechanism, the authors conclude.

BMC Gastroenterol 2006.

Heather’s note: Hrumph, it’s nice that it’s taken this long to provide substantial evidence to support the “speculation” that there may be some underlying biological mechanism between the four disorders. Now figure out the mechanism, wouldya?

2 Responses to “IBS Linked to Migraine, Fibromyalgia, and Depression”

  1. kledus says:

    just take your vitamins. you’ll be fine. Oh…i’ll be in AZ 1/5-1/17

  2. admin says:

    Sweet. Can’t wait! Shall I pick out some good movies for us to watch? hehe

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