Asked by mamacat3


Is there a connection between Crohns Disease and Fibromyalgia?


That's an interesting question; alot of patients with FM have abdominal problems and, of course, Crohn's effects the gastrointestinal system. There are some differences between the diseases however. Crohn's is an inflammatory disorder that results in vivid inflammation of the abdominal tract. The importance inflammation plays in FM is still unclear but it doesn't seem to be a major part of the disease. For instance one of the hallmarks of the pain in FM is that it does not produce the redness and swelling seen in inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

That said there are reports that Crohn's disease patients have a higher than normal incidence of FM and that FM patients have the same with regards to Crohn's but that the exact connection is a mystery. So while there may be some connection between the two what it is and how strong it is is unclear. FM clearly has a stronger connection with diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome that produce pain but not the really strong and sometime destructive inflammatory problems that diseases like Crohn's can.