Because we have numerous medications to relieve the pain of fibromyalgia, it's important to choose a pain-relieving drug that is likely to help with multiple problems — including spastic colon, a very common problem in people with CFS/FMS.
The good news from a recent study conducted by doctors at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine: the drug Lyrica (pregabalin), which is proven to help fibromyalgia pain, also can relieve spastic colon — reducing sensations of gas and pain by 25%.
Additional good news: a generic (and therefore less expensive) form of Lyrica has been approved by the FDA.
"Effect of the Α2δ Ligand, Pregabalin, on Colonic Sensory and Motor Functions in Healthy Adults." Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol, May 19, 2011 ajpgi.00085.2011; published ahead of print May 19, 2011, doi:10.1152/ajpgi.00085.2011
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.