Monday, January 25, 2010

Benefits of Eating a Healthy Diet for Fibromyalgia

One of the diets many people, including myself, use for fibromyalgia is composed of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lean meats, and low fat dairy. This type of diet is designed to keep energy levels high. It also may help you lose weight which my help the fibromyalgia symptoms.

Ideally you are eating high protein, low fat meals with regular snacks in between. The snacks should be high fiber and/or fruit, but no more than 100 calories. In this way you are actually eating six times a day. This also keeps your blood sugar smoother throughout the day. You want to make sure you do not get overly hungry.

Many people with fibromyalgia also find that it is beneficial for them to eliminate certain preservatives or additives from their diet. Two of those additives are MSG and nitrates. You will find these in hot dogs, bacon, and of course Chinese foods. Read the labels. I was very surprised at how many foods I found with MSG in it.

A sweetener that some people with fibromyalgia have problems with is aspartame. Some people find a certain amount of relief when they eliminate this sweetener. It may be worth a try when you are trying to take off the edge of your pain.

Another sweetener that gives some people problems is sugar. Sugar in some shape or form seems to be in everything. At least try to eliminate it from snacks and candy.

Monday, January 11, 2010

9 Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Signs Facts

These are some of the most important things to know about Fibromyalgia symptoms and signs. When you know these you are well above the curve.

1. Fibromyalgia overlaps with other diagnoses. It has some of the same symptoms and signs of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lupus.

2. More women than men have Fibromyalgia. No one is sure why this is so but it is.

3. Medical personnel think there are two types of fibromyalgia. One type people just seem to have. The other people seem to get because of some type of stress or other disease.

4. Which came first the chicken or the egg? Medical personnel don’t know if depression comes before Fibromyalgia or because of it. Either way antidepressants seem to help with the pain and are one of the first medications prescribed.

5. Medicine is bitter, so is exercise. Exercise helps with the stress that contributes to Fibromyalgia and stress that comes from having Fibromyalgia. Whether stretching exercise, water aerobics, or whatever type of exercise get up and move.

6. Learn about tender points. You probably already know more than you realize.

7. A rheumatologist usually makes the diagnosis. People who have fibromyalgia usually are between 20 and 55, but children can have Fibromyalgia.

8. Do not be surprised it you have to go to several doctors to get a diagnosis. This is common. You will probably have to have a lot of medical tests too. Try not to become frustrated and stressed when you have to repeat tests.

9. Major symptoms of Fibromyalgia are muscle pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, sleep problems, memory problems, and problems moving in the morning.