Low FODMAP diet, Sjögren’s Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: Is there a connection?

As someone living with Sjögren's Syndrome and Fibromyalgia and as an active member of the Sjögren's Society of Canada's support groups, I can attest that digestive issues are often a common theme among us. Let's review the connection between a Low FODMAP diet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Sjögren's Syndrome. At the end of this post, I will share an example of a day in the life's menu sample on the Low FODMAP Diet.

Have you ever heard of the Low FODMAP Diet?

Unless you have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or Fibromyalgia, you probably haven’t. It is a therapeutic diet designed to help ease the symptoms of IBS, and its potential effects on symptoms of Fibromyalgia are now being studied as well. This isn’t just a coincidence though, as patients can often have both diagnosed IBS and Fibromyalgia concurrently. Additionally, a 2017 study found that 39% of their study participants with Sjögren’s Syndrome also reported symptoms of IBS and Fibromyalgia! While there is not much research currently available on how the Low FODMAP Diet may ease the symptoms for those with Fibromyalgia or Sjögren’s, it is emerging as an area of interest.

* Sjögren's (SHOW-grins) Syndrome is a systematic autoimmune disease that attacks the body's moisture-producing glands causing dry eyes and dry mouth, but it can also include extreme fatigue, generalized pain and organ involvement, including the digestive system.