How to Battle Fibro Fatigue
Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a neuromuscular disease characterized by wide-spread pain, depression, and fatigue. The fatigue associated with FMS is debilitating. It can totally wipe you out for any length of time. Patients who suffer from this fatigue have also been fighting the pain and depression that goes along with this symptom. Once a flare-up is over, most patients find themselves lacking any energy because they have spent a great deal combating the pain and other symptoms during the fibro flare-up. To help with this, here are some suggestions that may prove to be some light at the end of the fibro tunnel.
B vitamins, magnesium and D-ribose and vitamin D can help your body gain lost vitality. If you make sure you have adequate amounts of these nutrients, you will boost your energy levels.
- B Vitamins: Since food needs to be converted in order for your body to run, B vitamins help build the energy molecules, which combats fatigue, especially just after a fibro flare-up. Be sure to take separate amounts of the B series instead of a B complex supplement. This way you will be sure to get the right amounts of each one. It is recommended that 25-50 mg each of B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6, and 500 micrograms (mcg) of B12 be taken. You can also boost the B-vitamin intake in your fibromyalgia diet from food, including fish, poultry, meat, eggs, dairy products and whole grains, as well as leafy green vegetables, beans, and peas.
- Magnesium: This important mineral is essential to producing and maintaining your body’s energy stores. Low levels can disrupt sleep and 80% of fibromyalgia patients report sleep problems, thus reducing the levels even further, according to a study. To help with this, be sure to get the daily recommended dosage of magnesium. Supplements are available but you can also get this through food, which means your fibromyalgia diet should include nuts (almonds, cashews and peanuts), seeds, legumes (beans and peas), whole grains and green leafy vegetables such as spinach.
- D-Ribose: Body builders use supplements of this sugar because it fuels muscle cells, boosting energy. According to a study, fibromyalgia patients who consumed this sugar boosted their energy level by 61%. For the proper dosage, consult a nutritionist or dietician.
- Vitamin D: Many fibromyalgia patients are deficient of this important vitamin because they avoid sun exposure. The body makes vitamin D from sunlight on the skin – but outdoor activities such as walking, running and gardening often bring on fibromyalgia pain. Your doctor can take a blood test to see if you are deficient. If so, he will prescribe supplements and encourage you to eat D rich foods like milk, salmon. Vitamin D has been shown to ease fibro pain and fatigue.
There are other supplements that may help with fatigue but these are some of the main ones. Always consult your doctor before beginning any supplement regimen.