Fibromyalgia and GERD and one proven home treatment

I am a great believer in doing everything I can to support myself in reducing symptoms. Sometimes there are easy things we can do instead of taking medications or as well as taking medications. Things that are actually evidence-based and therefore proven to work. This post discusses GERD and one such important and studied simple approach to reducing GER and GERD symptoms. 

Fibromyalgia and GERD and one proven home treatment

Fibromyalgia often coexists with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A connection has been made through research into 35,000 patients discovering that people with fibromyalgia have a high incidence of GERD and also that there is a high percentage of people who have GERD that go on to later develop fibromyalgia. 

Fibromyalgia and GERD and one proven home treatment


Did you know there is GER and GERD? According to NIDDK Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) happens when your stomach contents come back up into your esophagus. Doctors also call GER  acid indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn, or reflux. 

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a more severe and long-lasting condition in which GER causes repeated symptoms or leads to complications over time.


  • acid reflux
  • heartburn
  • some people have GERD without heartburn
  • chest pain
  • pain when swallowing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • nausea
  • chronic cough
  • a hoarse voice
  • bad breath
Heartburn is that uncomfortable burning feeling or pain in your chest that can move up to your neck and throat. 

On-going GERD can lead to more serious problems such as Esophagitis, an inflammation in the lining of the esophagus; Barrett's esophagus which changes the cells in the lining of the esophagus and can lead to cancer of the esophagus; and strictures that can interfere with eating and drinking due to scarring and narrowing of the esophagus. These are all the reasons why you must have the help of a medical professional if you have GERD.


It has been proven that eating 3 hours before lying down reduces the symptoms of GERD in the following study aptly named Association between dinner-to-bed time and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Objective: It is generally recommended that patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) refrain from eating within 3 hours of going to sleep. In addition to a remarkable lack of supporting clinical evidence, whether GERD patients have shorter dinner-to-bed time is unknown. This study was designed to determine a possible association between dinner-to-bed time and GERD, compared with healthy adults.
Conclusion: In this matched case-control study, shorter dinner-to-bed time was significantly associated with an increased odds ratio (OR) for GERD.

This is why when our doctor tells us to refrain from eating 3 hours before bedtime we should actually do it as it can reduce GERD. You would have to agree that it is a strategy that we can do at no extra cost to us and probably has other health benefits.

I'm sure there are many other proven strategies for GERD and I will investigate them and report back here.

Are you following your doctors' instructions for GERD and have they helped? Let's chat in the comments.


  1. I had GERD several years prior to Fibromyalgia diagnosis. I ended up getting the NISSEN procedure which I'm now wishing I hadn't done. I love Dr. Ginevra Liptan's chapter in THE FIBRO MANUAL on digestion helps.

    1. Hi Katie, it is unfortunate you had a procedure done for GERD that you now regret. I have not heard of it. Dr. Ginevra Liptan's book is so helpful and thanks for letting us know it mentions digestion.

  2. I love your sentiment being able to help yourself. But there is no way I'd last three hours before bedtime plus the whole night of not eating! I am lucky that I only suffered reflux during pregnancy.

    1. Thanks for sharing your opinion here Melissa. Best wishes to you.

  3. Anonymous3:46 AM

    I have suffered with heartburn and reflux since I fell pregnant 40 years ago. It has got worse over the years. Had all the tests but they said they don’t know why I suffer. I have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia so have a lot of pain to boot. Plus osteoarthritis. I eat at least 4 hours before I go to bed but still suffer all night. I am taking omeprazole but still have to take tenues as well.

    1. Sorry to hear about your ongoing issues... so frustrating to not get any relief even when trying all the right things.


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