Fibro-myalgia that is. Fibromyalgia is a very complex condition that affects the nervous system and the musculoskeletal systems of the body. It is still yet to be accepted by all doctors, but is much more widely recognized now than in recent years as being a real disorder. Fibromyalgia is not considered to be a disease because the cause of it is unknown and people often appear to be perfectly healthy on xray and lab tests. A person is unable to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia by specific testing and lab results. It is only through process of elimination and long term examination of chronic symptoms that a diagnosis can be reached. It has been said that people can suffer from these symptoms of fibromyalgia for up to 10 years before they get answers. Symptoms of fibromyalgia include but are not limited to:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic muscle pain and tenderness throughout the body
- Achy Joints
- Disruption of sleeping patterns
- Overactive bladder
- Bowel function disturbances
- Body stiffness
- Mood swings
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Poor memory
This list of symptoms can be also be found alongside other diseases and conditions like hypothyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, Paget’s disease, polymyositis, Epstein Barr virus and vitamin deficiencies. Ruling out all other possibilities is important and this is why extensive testing must occur before arriving at a fibromyalgia diagnosis. Although fibromyalgia feels like an arthritic condition there is no apparent inflammation or swelling evident to classify it as so.
When looking at any medical condition it is very important to consider all contributing factors. In the case of fibromyalgia there is no known cause and researchers are still working tirelessly for more answers on this disorder. A major issue to consider is that of a person’s dietary habits. Food plays a large role in how our bodies operate, whether they are properly or improperly operating, diet is the key. Yes genetics play a part here too but no matter the genetic makeup we can make a difference with what choose to eat. It is no secret that our society has a love affair with food. Making the wrong choices can contribute to many of the diseases and conditions we experience today. For instance: diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, certain types of cancer, heart problem can all be linked back to dietary issues. It is no different with fibromyalgia. Though the condition is still in its early discovery and research stages, there has been lots of evidence that shows dietary links to fibromyalgia flare-ups. Those who suffer from fibromyalgia have shown success in symptom control by making healthy choices in the foods they eat. Yes there is trial and error involved but success has been achieved over time by making healthy changes to their diets.
Sugar Effects On Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Sugar is something that needs to be monitored closely or avoided for people who have fibromyalgia. Too much sugar in the body can slow down the immune system, interrupt proper brain function, and create an abundance of uric acid all of which are harmful for the following reasons. Too much acid as you might imagine can break down healthy nerve structure making us more susceptible to pain. Proper communication between the nerves and the brain is essential for the body’s response to pain. People with fibromyalgia have magnified response to pain. It is believed that this could be because of high glucose levels robbing the brain from the energy it needs to communicate with the rest of the body’s nervous system. It is also this improper brain function that causes the inability to focus and poor memory referred to as “fibro-fog” The immune system is our body’s primary defense against all invaders; a weakened immune system opens us up to all manner of infections and viruses. It is for this reason our immune systems must be built up and made to stand strong. You will often find that eliminating simple sugars and starchy foods from your diet will bring clearer thinking, longer period of alertness, and reduced pain in as little as one week.
Lifestyle change is imperative to controlling fibromyalgia symptoms. Flare-ups can be reduced with light exercise, good nutrition and stress management. The mind, body, spirit connection is that when your spirit feels well, your mind feels well, and when your mind feels well the body will follow. Start small by taking a 15 minute walk daily. Introduce a small salad to your lunch and dinner everyday filled with green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli. Reducing your sugar and caffeine intake will help keep you calm. If you need a pick me up try using herbal supplements. Supplements like Ginseng, Bacopa or Gingko Biloba which have all been used effectively for healthy mood and brain activity. Being intentional about the things you consume can go a long way in your road to feeling well.