Hi, I was just wondering if you could give me any advice as to what foods I should avoid if I have Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed 5 years ago, cope well I think and have a small child and still go to work 2 days a week. However, the pain and fatigue is unberable at times. I have cut out artificial sweetners and caffine, don't have a lot of alcohol and have a healthy bmi due to losing 30 lbs to see if that helped! I have read that people avoid dairy products, but I am a vegetarian and have been for 20 plus years so this would be difficult. However, I would find a way around this if need be. ANY tips you may have would be really, really appreciated. Thank you!!
Dear Miffy1969, I've had fibromyalgia for 35+ years which is considered an auto-immune disease and seems that since that time,I have developed one more auto-immune trait after another. I started with an allergy to milk products after my first child; not just lactose intolerant but an allergy to the protein in cow's milk which causes stuffy, hay-fever type allergies as well as bloating, pain and irritable bowel symptoms. Forget about going to gastro-enterologists--they know nothing about nutrition or dietary problems! Not too many yrs. after that, I started having the fibro pain in the all-too familiar tender points and started a long-standing medical relationship with Dr.Don Goldenberg who I still see every 1 1/2 yrs. now. I had a couple of yrs. where I felt like I was in total remission (I know not why)but that is over. I've been suffering badly again for the last yr. I was recently diagnosed with celiac by a whole foods nutritionist and have found that I'm allergic to dairy, soy, wheat, rye, barley, peanuts and almonds. So I've changed my diet tremendously which helped me lose 7-8 lbs. and helped stop my gastrointestinal problems. My instructions are to try to eat every two hrs. and eat some protein w/every meal; dilute fruit juices w/1/2 water, avoid anything white (potatoes, white rice, white bread etc;) eat 2 vegetables to every 1 fruit, drink 1/2 my weight in ounces in water/daily. I also take some supplements. I've been soaking in epsom salts which seems to help, esp. with my exzema of my hands which I've developed in the last 2 yrs. Hope any of this is helpful to you!
My doctor said that no one diet has been research proven to help everyone. She suggested I write down how I feel, what I eat, what I did, and what the weather is like every day. This helps track what does and doesn't cause a problem for me. I have noticed that I feel better when I cut out artificial ingredients, preservatives, and eat organically. You might want to try the same method to figure out what helps you!