Dieting with Fibromyalgia

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Posted: 18 Oct 2010, 23:51
I have had FM for 20 years. I started carefully watching my diet about 3 years ago. I was told to cut out all processed foods, such as white sugar, white flour, canned foods with high sodium and artificial additives.

I have heard that you should avoid all nightshade plants such as: eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes (yams & sweet potatoes are ok) and green peppers (red peppers are ok). Has anyone else heard this?

I am also not sure about how I should balance my daily healthy carbs and low fat proteins for FM?

I have to watch my fat intake because of a gallbladder problem, but I do allow daily, small amounts of healthy fat such as: olive oil, canola oil, canola mayo, light vegan spread, olives, nuts and healthy nut butters.

Looking for anything new that someone might add or I should avoid to improve my overall daily health with FM.

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Posted: 19 Oct 2010, 11:10
In my opinion and personal experience, sleep management is the most important tool for FMS. If you aren't sleeping with a solid and consistant pattern you will be in more pain. Food intake doesn't seem to have any impact on it for me.

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Posted: 19 Oct 2010, 12:24
I just read this article about fibro and diet - it says that food sensitivity is highly individual - that is, you have to figure out what makes a difference for you.

I haven't done this myself (thankful to not have fibromyalgia, though I've researched it as part of my job) but I'd guess that the food diary here could be a great tool for tracking what foods you're actually sensitive to (if any). Keep a symptom diary too and experiment with adding or removing foods from your diet for a week or so at a time, then correlate the symptoms and foods and see if there's a connection.

Check out the Pain Log and Fibro Log tools from the American Chronic Pain Association -
You might not want to use these exact forms for tracking your experience every day, but they will at least give you an idea of what kinds of things you might want to keep tabs on.

As far as weight loss, I'm not sure there is a difference when it comes to balancing carbs and protein if you have fibromyalgia. But I haven't looked into that.

There are tons of fibro resources available online, and self-help groups that can point you at other resources and helpful ideas for taking charge of your health and managing your life with fibromyalgia. Good luck!

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Posted: 30 Oct 2010, 17:31
I too have fibromyalgia and have poor sleeping habits.. My Dr. suggested lyrcia which I couldn't tolerated and neuontin. Neurontin did sit well with me so I didn't take it. But recently she suggested it again and I tried it only at night. It is really helping me to sleep. Diet does play some role but sleep is really the most important factor in feel better. Also recognizing your limitations as they develop and repsecting them. I have had it since 1989 when no really knew what it was(not that they do now)and I am still learning how to live with it day by day. Sometimes it is really depressing.
For all things I have the strength by virtue of him who imparts power to me.
Phillipians 4:13

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Posted: 30 Oct 2010, 20:49
I've had it my entire life so I have had a long learning curve and also an extremely high tolerance to pain. I always knew it was high and rarely took pain meds when most people would but didn't know why until about 6 years ago when I officially got diagnosed. I can remember it as far back as 2nd or 3rd grade in memories so I just never questioned it... I thought everyone had the pains that I did.

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Posted: 31 Oct 2010, 06:02
I also have Fibromyalgia since 2000. I struggle with weight gain and having a hard time losing weight since I do take medications. I recently started going to the gym and walking on the treadmill for an hour a day, every day if I can. Still haven't lost any weight but do feel a little better after my walk. Looking for buddies since I have 60 lbs to lose.

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Posted: 26 Nov 2010, 13:58
Hi, I am a retired advanced practice nurse, and I was dx with Fibro in 1989, but realize that I have had it a lot longer than that. I also have SLEEP APNEA and realize that I'd had that a LOT LONGER than I thought, I have treatment for the sleep apnea (the machine) and I am 90% better since I started treating the sleep apnea.

LACK OF PROPER SLEEP causes all kinds of pain and makes other kinds of pain that you have as well, WORSE. I suggest that anyone who has FM also be checked for SLEEP APNEA. The worst part of it is that the sleep test is very expensive (over $4500) and the machines are very expensive and many insurances won't pay but half the cost of the machine if they pay anything. Medicare and a supplemental policy will usually pay most of it. I just had a repeat study 9 years after my first study and am on my second machine. It takes some getting used to, but makes life bearable. The surgery to "correct" the causes of sleep apnea are VERY painful and don't work all that well either, mostly resulting in a lower pressure on your machine, is about all the benefit they do. So I do not recommend them. My husband had the surgery and it was terrible and didn't help a lot, and I know others who have had it and none would do it again.

FM is a disrupter of sleep, but fatigue from lack of sleep also causes muscle pain. Remember that LACK OF SLEEP has been used for centuries as TORTURE...with FM it is a case of which came first, the pain or the lack of sleep, but look at both possiblities and treat them both.

Good luck.

PS I have not had any help from avoiding any particular foods

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