A survey of 100 randomly selected people with fibromyalgia also found that those who were obese were:
- More sensitive to pain
- More likely to be out of shape
- More likely to have a poorer quality of life
Losing weight should substantially improve your fibromyalgia pain. In a 20-week study conducted at the University of Albany, overweight and obese people with fibromyalgia were treated using a weight-loss program that focused on dietary restrictions and increased physical activity, including 30 minutes of daily aerobic exercise. Participants lost an average of a little more than 9 pounds, and their pain, disability, and mood disturbances improved significantly. Another study that treated morbidly obese people with fibromyalgia using weight-loss surgery reported substantial reductions in weight, severity of pain, and medication use.
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