Fibromyalgia Dietary needs differ with patient
I have fibromyalgia and seemed to have terrible reactions to any of the recommended medications. Can you please suggest a diet and something natural that I might benefit from?
As defined by Mayo Clinic, Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep and memory/mood issues.
Fibromyalgia is a confusing and very misunderstood condition. As a nutritional consultant, I see a direct correlation between sleep disturbances and the development of fibromyalgia.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, medical researchers have long sought to clarify the association between sleep disturbance/deprivation and pain and now a few key findings indicate that sleep and pain are intricately linked.
For many with Fibromyalgia, failure to sleep through the slow sleep wave, which is the deepest sleep, usually between 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. can be the main culprit according to NSF.
Then the question becomes why does one wake up? Bad diet, stress and indigestion, are just a few of the reasons for sleep disturbances.
Changing the diet can help dramatically although it can be a real challenge if the diet is really bad.
A few recommendations: try to not eat past 7 p.m. in the evening, eliminate caffeine and alcohol, avoid dairy, aspartame (and all other artificial sweeteners) MSG (monosodium glutamate), simple carbs, nitrites, nitrates, yeast, gluten and nightshades vegetables (tomatoes, chili and bell peppers, potatoes and eggplant.
Kent Holtorf, MD, is the medical director of the Holtorf Medical Group Center and says, "We're at the point now where we know diet plays a role in the disease, it's just not the same diet for everybody, and, not everybody is helped in the same way."
Dietary approach is as individualized as fibromyalgia symptoms are very different with each individual.
According to Dr. Mark Stengler, SAMe, S-adenosylmethionine, is an effective treatment for people with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
The Arthritis Foundation also concurs that SAMe is an effective anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Dr. Andrew Weil, suggests considering ginger and turmeric, both effective as anti-inflammatory agents.
Along with dietary changes, developing regular sleep habits, exercise, eating clean and drinking plenty of good, clean water, relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation may also be beneficial for reducing stress.
As I always recommend, before you start any supplements, please be sure to discuss your choices with your physician.
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Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.