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Fibromyalgia (fi-bro-my-AL-ja) syndrome (FMS) produces chronic body-wide pain, which migrates and can be felt from head to toe.

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Fibromyalgia Diet

    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.

 

Fibromyalgia Resources:   Fibromyalgia Diet by nfra.net
  Fibromyalgia Diet by fibromyalgia-syndrome.com
  Cure Fibromyalgia by fibromyalgia-treatment.org

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