|From Psychology Today, Nov 2011|
When considering that bit of information it is no wonder we have so many issues with fibromyalgia when our gut is messed up and not functioning as it should. No wonder the neurotransmitters are in short supply and our nutrition isn't what it should be. Our gut has an awesome responsibility to nourish our bodies and keep us in tip top shape, so if the gut isn't working well then we aren't working well. My gut is to the point that it rebels no matter what I put in it and it can't take too much food at one time. My day actually revolves around taking good care of my gut. My gut is overloaded with sensory information and it sends me signals that something isn't right and other alarms that are disporportionate to the situation at hand. That's when my first brain takes over and serious self-talk calms the storm that is brewing.
Fibromyalgia is such a complex disorder and that complicates treatment, because one medication to treat one symptom can interact with another medication. For example, I take Reglan to get my gut working better, which interacts with ropinirol for the Willis-Ekbom Disease symptoms. The two don't mix well and Reglan counteracts ropinirol so my symptoms are worsened. Fibromyalgia isn't a simple problem to manage.
So as I fight this war, I take good care of my gut because when push comes to shove the gut rules! I think I'll eat some comfort food tonight . . . Blessings to you and your second brain.