Foods, You & Fibromyalgia
The pain associated with fibromyalgia is body wide pains and may start in one location on the body and then spread. The body begins to experience painful sensations in what is called “tender points”. Tender points are located in areas where soft tissue is had so in areas like the knees, elbows, shoulders, shins and even the buttocks. Pain is felt in the joints, muscle and tendons. Besides the aching body other areas of life can be affected by this painful condition. Fibromyalgia has been linked to further complications such as sleep problems, fatigue, headaches, depression and even anxiety attacks which we will look at in another section.
While the cause of fibromyalgia is not exactly known, researchers have some ideas about it. Everything from hormonal disturbances to stress has been thought to cause fibromyalgia. To this day, doctors will say that the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown because it acts differently for every sufferer. Though they cannot pinpoint an exact cause medical professionals do have several theories and hypothesis regarding the topic.
- Central Sensitization
- Physical or emotional trauma
- Sleep disturbances
- Genetic predisposition
- Dopamine dysfunction (hypodopaminergia)
- Abnormal serotonin metabolism
- Deficient growth hormone (GH) secretion
- Psychological factors
Some Believe That Food Plays A Role In Fibro Pain: Is There Proof?
While we do know that eating a balanced diet of the right kind of whole foods helps with the body’s ability to function better, it is especially important for people who suffer with fibromyalgia to have a well-balanced diet.
Patients with fibromyalgia should consume more raw fruits and vegetables than people who don’t have fibromyalgia because of these food items contain crucial enzymes that help aid in the digestion process. Raw fruits and vegetables are also loaded with antioxidants that help boost a person’s immune system. Researchers have found that Vitamin K helps calcium deposit into the bones which makes the bones denser. Vitamin K can be found in the following food items:
●Dark leafy greens
Some people who suffer with fibromyalgia have food allergies or sensitivities to certain foods or specific food groups causing the body’s response to inflammation to be different than those individuals who aren’t affected the same way. Foods or food groups that can cause some sensitivities or even allergies to people with fibromyalgia can include:
Foods To Avoid
Research has also shown that there are some food groups that should be avoided in order to better improve your symptoms, pain and overall life while living with fibromyalgia. These groups are listed as the following:
●Simple carbohydrates, sugar and high fructose
●Yeast and Gluten
●Food additives such as MSG
Aspartame is known to aggravate already painful symptoms. There are other artificial sweeteners that don’t seem to have the same affect that aspartame does. MSG and other food additives can cause pain to intensify, so these items should be avoided.
While there is no hard evidence that eliminating simple carbohydrates, yeast or gluten from a person’s diet will have a huge impact on a the condition of fibromyalgia, it has been proven to reduce some related pain and fatigue for those that that suffer with fibromyalgia. It can also help reduce symptoms of chronic yeast infections.
Caffeine tends to provide fast energy to someone who needs a pick me up, but it is not true energy that will last for any long length of time. In fact once the caffeine wears out, it can then leave the person feeling more fatigued than before. Something a patient with fibromyalgia should avoid due to their already existing fatigue symptom.
Nightshade plants are nutritious plants that are known to possibly trigger fibromyalgia symptoms as well as various types of arthritis. Some types of nightshade plants can include:
●Bell peppers and chili
If you suffer with fibromyalgia and find that you have some food sensitivities or allergies, you should keep a journal containing the food that you have consumed and note whether or not you have had any reactions to that particular food. By doing this, you can discover that certain foods or food groups can trigger pain or allergies. If you make any discoveries, you can eliminate those certain foods and hopefully experience fewer symptoms and less pain.