Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Muscle/Joint Pain

Published: September 29, 2012

Inflammatory bowel disease has been shown to be associated with muscle and joint pain, including fibromyalgia, in one quarter of people who have Crohn's or ulcerative colitis. In my experience, both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease both are helped by addressing bowel infections and food allergies. As a fringe benefit, the joint and muscle pains often decrease along with the bowel inflammation.

To learn more, see "Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's."


Musculoskeletal manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease. Leonidas A Bourikas and Konstantinos A Papadakis, Inflamm Bowel Dis, April 30, 2009.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

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. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. 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.

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