Fibromyalgia Recommendations and Considerations

Fibromyalgia Recommendations

❑ Eat a well-balanced diet of 50 percent raw foods and fresh “live” juices. The diet should consist mostly of vegetables, fruits, whole grains (primarily millet and brown rice), raw nuts and seeds, soy products, skinless turkey or chicken, and deepwater fish. Fibromyalgia Recommendations. These quality foods supply nutrients that renew energy and build immunity.

❑ Include pomegranates and pomegranate juice in your diet. They have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

❑ Eat four to five small meals daily to keep a steady supply of protein and carbohydrates available for proper muscle function. If the body does not have enough fuel for energy, it will rob the muscles of essential nutrients, causing muscle wasting and pain.

❑ Drink plenty of liquids to help flush out toxins, fibromyalgia Recommendations. The best choices are steam-distilled water and herbal teas. Fresh vegetable juices supply necessary vitamins and minerals.

❑ Limit your consumption of green peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and white potatoes. These foods contain solanine, which interferes with enzymes in the muscles, and may cause pain and discomfort.

❑ Do not eat meat, dairy products, or any other foods that are high in saturated fats. Saturated fats raise cholesterol levels and interfere with circulation. Fibromyalgia Recommendations. Also avoid fried foods, processed foods, shellfish, and white flour products such as bread and pasta. Make up your calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D needs from supplements.

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❑ In one study there seemed to be no benefit from eating a vegetarian diet for those with fibromyalgia. Still, another study showed that a raw, pure vegetarian diet—consisting mainly of raw fruits, salads, carrot juice, tubers, grain products, nuts, seeds, and a dehydrated barley grass juice product—improved quality of life, reduced pain, and improved range of motion and flexibility in people with the disease.

❑ Do not consume any caffeine, alcohol, or sugar. Eating sugar in any form—including fructose and honey—promotes fatigue, increases pain, and disturbs sleep. If these substances have been a regular part of your diet, your symptoms may actually get worse for a short period as a result of the “withdrawal” effect, but after that, you should experience a noticeable improvement in your condition.

❑ Avoid wheat and brewer’s yeast until your symptoms improve.
Caution: Brewer’s yeast can cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Start with a small amount at first, and discontinue use if any allergic symptoms occur.

❑ Use wheatgrass retention enemas to detoxify the system. To make the enema, add 1 ounce of wheatgrass juice to 1 cup of warm water. If fresh wheatgrass is not available, powdered Sweet Wheat from Sweet Wheat, Inc., is a good substitute. Use this treatment every other day for two weeks.

❑ Maintain a regular program of moderate exercise. A daily walk followed by some gentle stretching exercises is good. If you have been sedentary before, start slowly and be careful not to overexert yourself; this can aggravate symptoms. Fibromyalgia RecommendationsKeep in mind that what you need is some amount of daily exercise, not a strenuous workout two or three times a week. Once your body is accustomed to regular exercise, symptoms are likely to improve. Moderate exercise and stretching help to keep muscles flexible and prevent joints from stiffening up.

Caution: If you are thirty-five or older and/or have been sedentary for some time, consult with your health care provider before beginning an exercise program. Fibromyalgia Recommendations.

❑ Be sure to give your body sufficient rest. Set aside at least eight hours for sleep each night. Fibromyalgia Recommendations.

❑ Take a hot shower or a bath upon arising to stimulate circulation and help relieve morning stiffness. Or alternate between hot water and cold water while showering. Recent studies have shown cold showers to be beneficial for relieving the pain of fibromyalgia. Hot baths help to relax the muscles.

See also: “Fibromyalgia Nutrients and Herbs

❑ Consider trying massage therapy, which can help to relax muscles and reduce stiffness of the joints.

❑ Take chlorophyll in tablet form or in “green drinks” such as Kyo-Green from Wakunaga of America. Spiru-tein from Nature’s Plus is a good protein drink to use between meals to aid in maintaining energy levels and to reduce muscle pain. Chlorella pyrenoidosa, a unicellular freshwa-ter green algae rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, was shown to help with the management of symptoms for patients with fibromyalgia.

❑ Fibromyalgia Recommendations. Have your doctor check your thyroid function. Symptoms of hypothyroidism can mimic those of FMS.

Fibromyalgia Recommendations

Fibromyalgia Considerations

❑ Chronic pain sufferers, especially those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, tend to be deficient in magnesium.

❑ Common painkillers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are not usually effective at relieving the pain of fibromyalgia. Other approaches, including attention to diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation, are more likely to be of benefit.

Caution: If you are thirty-five or older and/or have been sedentary for some time, consult with your health care provider before beginning an exercise program.

❑ There are two FDA-approved treatments for fibromyalgia—Lyrica and Savella. Sevella is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). It was shown to reduce pain, fatigue, and improve cognition. In addition, two studies indicate that a majority of people who suffer from the disorder can find relief by taking duloxetine (Cymbalta), an antidepressant drug.

A report on the latest study of the drug was reported in the medical journal Arthritis and Rheumatism. Duloxetine may be effective because it works by boosting levels of two neurotransmitters that play a role in pain processing. New drugs such as sodium oxybate are under study.

❑ Many different disorders can cause symptoms similar to those of fibromyalgia, including anemia, depression, hepatitis, and Lyme disease, among others. Anyone who experiences muscular pain and/or fatigue that persists for longer than a week or two should consult a health care professional. There may be an underlying medical disorder that requires treatment.

❑ Recent research points to the possible involvement of chemical and/or food sensitivities in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and the pain associated with these disorders. This would hardly be surprising, as humans have been exposed to more chemicals in the last fifty years than in all the rest of our history combined.

❑ Studies are being conducted on the possible role of a genetic defect that interferes with the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP, the source of cellular energy) in this disorder.

❑ Some experts suggest that people with fibromyalgia should avoid salt-free diets.

❑ Plant sterols and sterolins (plant fats that are present in fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts) stimulate the immune system, thus helping the body fight off infection.

❑ Because malabsorption problems are common in this disorder, all nutrients are needed in greater than normal amounts, and a proper diet is essential. Colon cleansing is recommended to rid the gastrointestinal tract of mucus and debris, and to improve nutrient absorption.

❑ A vegetarian, Mediterranean-type diet and intermittent fasting were tested for their effect on changing bowel bacteria and immune function; neither therapy affected the flora or serum IgA levels.

❑ Many doctors prescribe low-dose antidepressants for fibromyalgia. These drugs can be beneficial in some cases, but can also cause a number of side effects, such as drowsiness. Other medical treatments that may or may not be of help to any given individual include muscle relaxants and/ or local anesthetic sprays or injections for relief of pain. Antianxiety drugs are sometimes prescribed as well. These drugs can cause a loss of equilibrium.

❑ Physical therapy, relaxation techniques, exercise therapy, massage therapy, deep heat therapy, and biofeedback are all helpful in some cases. Massage therapy is particularly beneficial for improved muscle function and pain relief. Acupuncture has also been shown to be effective at reducing pain and improving quality of life.

Neither Reiki nor touch therapy, frequently used by patients with fibromyalgia, were shown to improve symptoms of the condition. If you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it is wise to seek out a health care practitioner who has specific experience in the management and treatment of this condition.

Caution: If you are thirty-five or older and/or have been sedentary for some time, consult with your health care provider before beginning an exercise program.

❑ In one study, children (aged eight to eighteen years) who underwent an aerobic exercise program experienced improved physical function, fewer fibromyalgia symptoms, better quality of life, and less pain. Another group participated in qi gong, which did not show these improvements.

❑ An eight-month supervised program led to both physical and mental improvements. Women who exercised in warm water experienced significant improvements in physical function, and had less pain, stiffness, and anxiety. In another study, older women who were postmenopausal had reduced fatigue and increased strength by undergoing an exercise program that incorporated weights, strengthtraining equipment; and speed walking.

Caution: If you are thirty-five or older and/or have been sedentary for some time. Consult with your health care provider before beginning an exercise program.

❑ Food allergies can exacerbate the discomfort of many disorders.