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5 Food items to be avoided if you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia

People who have fibromyalgia can experience more pain due to some of the food choices that they make. It need not necessarily be the case that all the food items can cause problems to fibromyalgia individuals.

Proper diet plan can be very helpful for a fibro body with problems like pain in muscles and tissues, stress, fatigue, depression, digestion problems, sleep problems.

Certain chemical substances in the food that you consume can be responsible for triggering sensitivity by releasing neuro transmitters that increase pain in muscle and nerves. We don’t have enough studies about the effect of food items in fibromyalgia.

However, from the studies and researches that we already have, people can implement some eating rules in their life if they are affected with fibromyalgia or chronic pain. Below are the list of food items that an individual with fibromyalgia should avoid.

fibromyalgia and Caffeine

Caffeine

Consumption of caffeine rich food has become very common among people. Though some people believe that coffee, cola drinks or other food items rich in caffeine help them fight against fibromyalgia symptoms, there are also other complications that it can create.

Caffeine consumptions can increase sleep problems in fibromyalgia individuals. There are lots of studies being conducted to understand the impact of sleep problems over fibromyalgia.

As an outcome from these studies, we can clearly see that the symptoms of fibromyalgia develop if the person has sleep problems. There is also a suggestion given by some of the experts.

Since caffeine can induce sleep problems, it is advised to consume caffeine rich foods and beverages during the first half of the day so that it will not affect your sleep during the night time. The ideal solution would be to avoid caffeine completely.

Reducing sugar rich foods

Irrespective of being diabetic or not people should consider reducing sugar consumption. Studies say that high sugar levels in the blood can increase pain symptoms in fibromyalgia.

There are also claims that sugar that comes as part of natural fruits or fresh juices (without added sugar) are good for health and does not amplify any of the symptoms. Additive intake of lots of sugar can be of great risk to both diabetic and people with chronic pain.

Sugar is important for providing energy to the body. If people have fibromyalgia, excessive intake of sugar and carbohydrate will make them fatigued.

This can also amplify the pain they already experience. For fibromyalgia people physical activity is also difficult compared to that of normal people.

In such cases burning calories to reduce the levels of sugar becomes difficult. The problems that becomes severe after excessive consumption of sugar are morning stiffness, fatigue, pain and sleep problems.

Natural sugars are always healthy and neat. But it is necessary to make sure the sugar that you consume is 100 percent natural from fruits and plant extracts. Any additives in those products can create further side effects or complications.

Dairy products

This can be brought into confirmation only based on experiments. There are quite a lot of people who find good relief after removing dairy products from their regular food.

After consuming milk and other dairy products people feel they are fatigued and slowed down from doing their day to day activities.

People can experiment if this can be a problem for them by eliminating milk based products in their diet plan for about a week’s time and see if there are any improvement in their symptoms of fibromyalgia.

fibromyalgia and dairy products

If they really find it to be positive, they can go for alternatives for dairy products. There are some food items that provide exactly the same nutrition that any dairy product can give. With experiments people can seek out which can be the best dairy alternative for them.

Junk food to be completely avoided

Most of the problems and symptoms in fibromyalgia are amplified if the individual consumes lots of junk food. Some of the junk food that you consume can provide you lots of calories which may not be very easy to break down.

This can lead to other complications making the person experience more pain in their body. Researchers say that obese people experience the effect of fibromyalgia more compared to that of a lean person.

Junk food can be highly responsible for gaining weight. This will also lead to unhealthy eating habits that can disturb not only the appetite of the person but it will also affect immune system and lead to sleeplessness during night.

Some food items can even irritate your stomach and muscle region. If you have the habit of eating junk food and find it difficult to get rid of it, you can break your meals.

If you normally consume 3 meals in a day, you can increase it to 5 meals but strictly very less quantity of food in each meal.

fibromyalgia and aspartame

Completely avoid aspartame

This is one of the chemical compound seen in soda and other food items and beverages. It is claimed to be sugar free and alternative to sugar.

This is a chemical compound that belongs to a chemical group called excitotoxins. These artificial sweetening agents can create more sensitivity to the nerves that can induce or increase pain symptoms in a fibromyalgia individual.

This can be harmful for even people without fibromyalgia as in a long run it can create some side effects.

Though this is a debatable topic, there are some researches that claim aspartame to be dangerous. Instead of using aspartame, you can use the natural sugar instead in very less quantities.

For some of the above mentioned items long term side effects are still unknown but it is identified that it can be responsible for increasing the pain symptoms in fibromyalgia individuals.

The above food items can be categorised in questionable food items so it is good to avoid such food even though we don’t have enough research works available to claim the harmful nature of such foods.

Some of the food items can be checked out on an experimental basis. You can visit your doctor to know more about the food items that you can avoid apart from the ones that you find out with experiments as experience with food items can vary from one person to another person.

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  • My fibromyalgia doesn’t NB let you. I can’t sleep. Pain is unbearable. I take 100 milagrams Twice away if lyrica. It’ll help me for a few days ,then stops working.. there’s times I can’t even walk a few steps. So I’m mostly laying down. I can’t do much for it. If the pain would ease up. I could at least try to get some exercise

    • Have you tried Gabapentin or any other pain medication? I’ve been on Lortab 10mg for about 15 yrs. That quit cutting completely after awhile and I was given a Fentanyl patch. Plus I take a muscle relaxer at night. In the past year I have started Gabapentin (start low and go up, you can have 2400 mg a day) I have since gotten rid of the patch and cut my Lortab dose in half. I also take Magnesium Malate, fish oil and vitamin D.

    • Lyrica didn’t work for me. Cymbalta and trazadone to help me sleep. Gentle massage, Epsom salt baths with lavender oil. Cannibus butter helps me with the pain as well.

  • I have ditched caffeine n I’m finding that I’m not getting as many headaches. Plus I eat a better diet due to having IBS, my diet now is fresh fruit n veg, chicken, lots off fish n not a lot of dairy. Still have horrible flare ups but I’m keeping on with the healthy stuff as I feel better in myself. I try to go walking short distances n keep my joints from being painfull. It’s all trial n error coz every person wi fibromyalgia has different symptoms.

  • I haven’t been diagnosed with fibromialga but 30 years ago with rumatoid arthritis I get up to 14 other things wrong with me that people with fibromialga do have it have been diagnosed with migraines ibs carpel tuneless low back pain and hip pain and numerous others I am wheat free and dairy free and don’t have too much sugar.

  • Gabapentin gave me side effects. Now taking Cymbalta which seems to be better. Had allergic reaction to 2 different muscle relaxers plus tried lots of other meds.
    Massage helps. Acupuncture. Hot baths with Epsom salt. Yoga/stretching. Magnesium citrate. Eating small meals throughout the day… oatmeal, hardboiled egg, baked sweet potato, apples, bananas, Greek yogurt, mandarin oranges… simple things easy to eat with little prep. Use paper plates. This helped me get through worst of it. Cymbalta made my overall muscle/joint/tendon pain subside but still have aches and pains. Try to pace myself throughout the day at work but still exhausted.

  • I hav fibro for 12yrs depression anxiety and arthritis my doctor of 12 Years quit I went and seen a new doctor and she took me off of all my pain meds she does not believe in depression anxiety and fibromyalgia goes hand-in-hand I’m hurting so bad I take something for migraines but I’m having one every day I called to make an appointment with another doctor and they said that I had done seen one and I told them our personalities did not click and I needed a new one so now I have an appointment with another doctor I was recommended to go to the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis Minnesota but they told me that the fibromyalgia was not taking new patients so I am at my wit’s end I just don’t understand anymore I have to help with other people’s problems to my mother-in-law has cancer my sister-in-law has diabetes and has to have one of her legs amputated and help with her I have to help with my son and his boy when is there time for me and my husband my husband is amazing he understands the fibro but I don’t feel like a wife to him anymore I don’t want him to touch me because it hurts it feels like I have no wanting to have relations with him because I’m in pain constantly I don’t want him to leave me I don’t think he will I tried to make sure that his supper is done for him whether I can or not somebody somebody just tell me what to do anymore 12 years of this I can’t even enjoy my grandkids what do I do

    • Rickki,
      You definitely need a good doctor that understands and has empathy for what you are going through. It’s hard for someone that doesn’t have chronic pain to know how it feels. You need a doctor that won’t judge you and will help you. You are in my prayers! Hang in there. I will pray for you.

  • There needs to be support groups for people who suffer from fibromyalgia. I have had it for 20 yrs. I try to do my best each day, which is not always easy. I have different levels of pain on a daily basis. I watch my diet and get as much exercise as my body will handle. I have accepted by life the way it is now, and do the best I can. I dont worry what other people think of me.

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