While there is no specific diet
for all fibromyalgia cases, different symptoms may suggest ways of improving
your health through diet. As fibromyalgia sufferers often have one condition
amplifying another (or several others), relieving even one can increase
your quality of life, sometimes substantially.
A common thread in many cases of fibromyalgia
seems to be a tendency to feel better when refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol,
fried foods, red meat, and highly processed foods, are kept to a sound
personal minimum in the diet. Many people benefit from cutting out all
sugar for a month, which can severely reduce the craving for sweets, and
allow your body to better manage its sugar intake when you add it back
in. Sharply reducing your intake of caffeine in all forms, and fried,
processed fatty foods, can improve cravings for these items in the same
way and allow you to see if they are contributing to your health problems.
Even if you do not have severe food triggers, eating a healthier diet
can have long-term benefits for any fibromyalgia sufferer. Try supplementing
your current diet with greater quantities of raw or lightly cooked fruits
and vegetables. Try substituting meats that are high in fat with fish
or lean poultry. Drink plenty of water and take a good vitamin supplement
to be sure that you are getting proper nutrition.
Also note that non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
(NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, can tear down the
lining of the gut and intestinal tract. They are also found combined with
narcotic pain medications, in preparations such as Vicodin or Vicoprofen.
If narcotic pain medication is a necessity for you, or you must use it
frequently, look into a medication that is not combined with a NSAID like
Vicodin Tuss. If you have any predisposition to food intolerance or digestive
disturbances, heavy use of these medications may make them worse, and
these symptoms are very common in fibromyalgia. If you have never had
digestive problems before, a steady regimen of NSAIDs may cause them to
develop. Infrequent or occasional use should not be a problem, but consistent
or daily use will likely pose a health risk over time. NSAIDs can worsen
the vitamin deficiencies and digestive problems so common in fibromyalgia,
while often doing little to relieve pain in the long term. It may be a
good idea to minimize your use of these treatments.