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Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredThere is no "miracle" diet for fibromyalgia -- and beware of claims that eating certain foods will treat or cure this condition. Instead, following a healthy, well-balanced diet is the best plan for people with fibromyalgia. Be sure to include plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. If you eat meat, chose lean cuts. Avoid caffeine, alcoholic beverages, and excessive sugar, which may irritate muscles and worsen your symptoms. Talk to your doctor about choosing a diet that's right for you.
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredDiet is an important part of your fibromyalgia treatment plan, but there is no specific fibromyalgia diet. While some people with fibromyalgia report that certain foods make their symptoms worse and other foods improve symptoms, no particular diet has been identified that provides relief. But a healthy diet is key.
Many people with fibromyalgia struggle with their weight, and being overweight or obese is associated with greater pain and other symptoms. Losing weight has been shown in some studies to reduce pain and other symptoms. The pain and distress of fibromyalgia may also compel you to eat unhealthy fat- and sugar-laden foods, which don’t nourish you and can lead to weight gain. A healthy diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources, low-fat dairy or other calcium-rich foods, water as the primary beverage, and a minimum of high-calorie, processed foods.
Celeste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered
There is no diet specific to fibromyalgia, like for instance diabetics. However, learning how certain foods correlate with your symptoms will help you learn how to adjust your diet to eliminate aggravating foods.
Minimizing the use of sugar and saturated fat will help you feel better. Sugar is known to stimulate the growth of microflora in the digestive tract, such as the dreaded candida (yeast), and many FM patients have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or leaky gut syndrome. Sugar also generates free radicals and raises insulin production, and insulin resistance is one of the metabolic disorders we talk about in the book. And fat? Well . . . fat is difficult to digest! It clings to the inside of blood vessels and the outside of hips.
Certain foods and nutritional deficiencies can be major perpetuating factors, and we all have specific needs. Foods with preservatives, additives, and sugar substitutes are not good for anyone, but may play a particular role for the FM patient. It is prudent to avoid these foods, and be sure to include proportionate amounts of protein in your diet. You can find out more about recommended diets and the glycemic index in “My Body is Matter and it Matters” in our book.
Before you make any blanket decisions regarding your food intake, be sure to clear it with your doctor.
Diet is discussed at length in chapter four, “Managing Your Diet.”
All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press
Celeste Cooper, RN, patient, advocate, Share Care fibromyalgia expert, author, "Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain" (co-author, Jeff Miller, PhD).
Find out more about this book:Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection
National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredDespite loads of internet sites and diet products to treat fibromyalgia, there’s little scientific evidence to support any single eating plan as a way to manage fibromyalgia. However, “diversity” seems to be the name of the game with this condition, with symptoms ranging from widespread muscle pain to joint pain to overwhelming fatigue. It’s not a surprise then to learn, in treatment what works for one person very frequently does not work for another. Working closely with your health care provider, and possibly keeping a diet record to determine when symptoms come and go with dietary changes, may help you determine the foods you’ll want to avoid and those to include.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.