Sign up for this email series:
“I’ve been dealing with a constant bloated feeling, stomach pains that come and go (especially when I eat), and I also flip flop between having constipation or diarrhea.” - A member on myRAteam
Stomach bloating and other gastrointestinal problems like constipation and diarrhea are prevalent among people with RA. Digestive issues are caused by a few different factors, including medication side effects, inflammation and immune problems associated with RA, and commonly co-occurring conditions like fibromyalgia.
Methotrexate is a frequently cited cause of stomach discomfort on myRAteam. Some members take half their dosage in the morning and half at night to resolve their issues. Others have switched from pills to an injection to reduce gastrointestinal problems. Several myRAteam members use diet, probiotics, and supplements to manage digestive troubles.
It’s important to discuss stomach problems with your doctor, even if they seem minor. People with RA are at greater risk of developing major gastrointestinal issues than people without RA. Treating digestive symptoms early is one of the best ways to prevent them from becoming more serious.
On myRAteam, the social network and online support group for those living with rheumatoid arthritis, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Stomach bloating and gastrointestinal problems are one of the most discussed topics.
Here are some question-and-answer threads about stomach bloating and gastrointestinal problems:
Here are some conversations about stomach bloating and gastrointestinal problems:
Do you have any tips for managing stomach problems? Share them at myRAteam.
Connect with others who are living with rheumatoid arthritis. Get members only access to emotional support, advice, treatment insights, and more.sign up