Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have many physical and emotional umbrellas of symptoms. In patients with fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, this patient's experience, body aches, abnormal digestion, sleep interruption, joint aches, and mental fog. They also are experiencing emotional problems and have specific tender points in the body. Generally in Fibromyalgia 11/18 tender points are present. Based on the symptoms and the pain symptoms of fibromyalgia waxing their daily body has specific tender points, which is in effect.

CFS and fibromyalgia is mostly in the age of 30-50 people, mainly women, but men are not spared. They are usually active and mentally strong, and feel that you can fight out of disease. It is true that they are able to fight it out, but depending on the underlying etiology of CFS, fibromyalgia if the underlying cause of the condition is not treated or removed then slowly progresses of the disease may happen. The aim should be to trace the cause of the illness of the trigger.

The etiology or the basis of fibromyalgia and CFS disease is not totally clear. There are several causes of illness that are listed. It is different from person to person; it must be assessed case by case basis. The list of causes of CFS or Fibromyalgia can vary from infection, drug side effects, traumatic events in life, inability to accept the conditions of life and many more.

Sometimes the CFS or Fibromyalgia may be related to the infectious etiology as mono or Lyme disease. Sometimes it can be drug reactions or side effects of drugs that one is taken for a long time to build the side-effects. If taken for a long time, a drug that is used for the disease can cause side effects or chronic fatigue. Drugs like estrogen, pharmaceuticals agents for depression, statin drug like Lipitor, etc., are a group of drugs that one might want to look at. They can cause Fibromyalgia like symptoms in some patients. There are many other drugs, but they must be assessed on an individual basis, as a symptom of fatigue is unusual. Drug related fatigue and chronic medications side effects need to be evaluated by their own doctor. You may need to do your own research for drug side effects, as it may or may not be listed as a side effect of all the time. Your healthcare professional can help, if needed for further help into this. Even if one stops the medication may take up to 6-9 months to see if the side effects, related or not, it may not be just few days or couple of weeks.

Other causes of CFS and Fibromyalgia may be underlying non resolved anxiety and depression, illness or which may be part of the disease. This may be addressed by professional counseling and understand the underlying problem associated with life. It may be in relationship with one of the issues of personal or professional life. Usually mind focuses on the issues of life and focuses on the weakest areas in life. Over time, nature of the human mind is to forget the strong points and look for weakness. Because of this one is always mentally dwelling around the weak area of the life rather than the strong area of the life. The common issues that mind revolves around are family , finance , personal relationships , security issues, business issues , ego , or issues with control.

Drug therapy for Depression/anxiety helps control symptoms of mental illness, but may not cure him completely in most cases unless the underlying cause is not addressed. While the underlying non-acceptance of unchanging situation in life is there, the underlying anxiety/depression can persist. Usually it is very difficult to accept change, but we have seen in our patients that found its own way to change their situation or that acceptance of unchangeable situations they do best. Depression/anxiety medication helps an extension and can be used initially in some patients as a bridge to help maintain an acute situation of course.

The treatment is multifaceted and individualized and not same for all, as patient with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have different causes. One needs to see a physician who regularly follows and treat patients of fibromyalgia and or CFS as not all physicians are comfortable taking care of this disease. An integrative treatment approach with Ayurveda, Yoga, diet, exercise, relaxation in combination of medical therapy gives better results as compared to just drug treatment.

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23 thoughts on “Diet Fibromyalgia Chronic Fatigue

  1. cluelessblue

    why is fibro myalgea and chronic fatiuge so hard to diagnose?
    And why is it that some doctors don’t even think it really exists? How do you find a doctor who does. Does a person really have an illness or is it all in their head?

    1. Chaya

      Diseases without treatments like surgery or drugs don’t get diagnosed as often or as quickly. Part of this has to do with economics, with reimbursement, with managed care, education of the doctors, and preparation of health care providers. Behavioral therapy, diet, and some of the alternative/complementary methods that are most beneficial for chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are not integrated within the health care system.

  2. too.muchtv

    What are some possible reasons for unexplained bruising on the legs?
    Only on the legs, not the arms. Only on the calve area, not the thigh nor the feet.
    Yea, I know, just want to know possible causes prior to going in.

    1. tuesday

      If you bruise easily you could be Anemic. If you supplement your diet with Iron and even a multivitamin, it’ll help.

      Bruising may mean you’re lacking in nutrients so it’s good you’re being seen for a physical..hopefully tests. They can test your blood levels and determine if you’re suffering from something more serious. There are various blood disorders that may cause bruising. Depending on your age, weight, and general health. If you’re experiencing constant urinary tract infection, kidney infection..or have a weakened immune system, you may notice bruising. If you have kindey malfunctioning, or kidney stones, you may have bruising. Possibly Diabetes.

      You may have an auto-immune disease, or have a weakened immune system. Possibly Epstein-Barr virus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia..possibly Lupus, or Multiple Sclerosis. (DON’T FREAK..just saying there’re many reasons why someone may notice unexplained excessive bruising). If you walk in your sleep (I actually do)..then you may become bruised. Maybe you’re doing an action during the day and not even noticing that you’re repeatedly banging your legs.

      I experienced a great deal of bruising when I was determined to be Anemic. Changing ones diet and incorporating Iron-rich foods & supplements is the key.

      You’ll know soon enough. Make certain they draw blood and they’ll be able to assess the situation better. Before you go in, start keeping a daily log. Document when you eat, and how you feel physically. When you sleep, how much sleep you require..any other symptoms? Bring your log with you for your appointment. Jot down a quick family history of disorders, conditions or disease. That may help your Dr. to evaluate you.

      Good Luck.
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  3. Ree

    What are some good ways of fighting fatigue?
    Lately I have been feeling a little under the weather and battling migraines. I have the migraines under control, now with medicine, but I am still pretty tired. I don’t have any other symptoms of coming down with a flu cold virus. I feel fine in the morning, but by mid afternoon, I am exhausted and very tired. I’m not pregnant, and have just been given a clean bill of health after a recent physical. Any suggestions?

    1. amydormi

      You do not mention how well you are sleeping; are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Also, exercise; it seems crazy but moderate exercise including some cardio and some weight training can banish depression and fatigue. If you sleep well, exercise, and your diet is good, I would look into that clean bill of health a little further. If your fatigue continues for four or more weeks, go back to your doctor. Fatigue can be a symptom of literally hundreds of conditions, so blood and urine tests may be needed to rule out problems like anemia, diabetes, lupus, heart disease, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. Your doctor is the person best equipped to advise you about your health; why not call his office and ask if you can speak with him about your fatigue?

  4. Nicole S

    Where can I find a free website that helps plan a diet for someone with more than one medical condition?
    I have, polycystic ovarian disease, insulin resistance, interstitial cystitis, depression, fibromyalgia, asthma, and possibly chronic fatigue syndrome and complex migraines.
    Any help with the interstitial cystitis is the main thing. Is there a place I could find recipes to help with these? Or better a free site where I could put in my diseases and get back a diet plan or recipes that would help them? Any help would be most appreciated.

    1. Anonymous

      I get that you’re asking for something free, but that is a complicated mess of diseases that you just threw out there and I can’t imagine a website can account for all of that. Going to your doctor for a diet plan is probably the best thing.

  5. kowhai51

    is there any way of dealing with continual achy pain on a daily basis?
    I have continual achy legs, arms and tummy. I have difficulting walking and climbing stairs. My Dr says I could have musculoskeletal, or fibromyalgia. I have broken sleep every night with the pain. Nothing I have tried has even made it less aggravating. I dont want to rely on pain killers every day so need an alternative way of dealing with it. I am on warfarin so am not allowed to take herbal remedies as it affects the warfarin.

  6. Me

    What is the best diet for somenone who suffers from chronic fatigue?
    I was looking at a low carb diet but apparently that can lead to fatigue also. I dont know what to do??

    1. Mr. Peachy®

      For me, the best way is a very healthy vegetable based diet (high nutrition, low calorie) and plenty of daily walking. No naps and a capsule of valerian root before bed. On those occasions where I get a decent night’s sleep, the fibromyalgia symptoms (including fatigue) are minimized. It’s slowly getting better, the more I stick with the diet and the more I walk, the better I sleep and the better I feel the next day.

  7. Nicole S

    Where can I find a free website that helps plan a diet for someone with more than one medical condition?
    I have, polycystic ovarian disease, insulin resistance, interstitial cystitis, depression, fibromyalgia, asthma, and possibly chronic fatigue syndrome and complex migraines.
    Any help with the interstitial cystitis is the main thing. Is there a place I could find recipes to help with these? Or better a free site where I could put in my diseases and get back a diet plan or recipes that would help them? Any help would be most appreciated.

  8. Paula

    Can someone living with severe Chronic fatigue and Fibro possible have Celiac Disease?
    Struggling for years and years here with daily Chronic fatigue & Fibromyalgia……..Every Specialist and Dr. I’ve seen for tests have diagnosed with me CFIDS & FMS. I have never been tested for Celiac Disease. Is there a blood test for celiac? or can someone with this chronic condition actually have Celiac instead?

    1. Ginger


      Coeliac disease (pronounced /ˈsiːli.æk/; spelled celiac disease in North America[1]) is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy onward. Symptoms include chronic diarrhoea, failure to thrive (in children), and fatigue, but these may be absent, and symptoms in other organ systems have been described. A growing portion of diagnoses are being made in asymptomatic persons as a result of increased screening.[2] Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction to gliadin, a prolamin (gluten protein) found in wheat, and similar proteins found in the crops of the tribe Triticeae (which includes other cultivars such as barley and rye). Upon exposure to gliadin, and certain other prolamins, the enzyme tissue transglutaminase modifies the protein, and the immune system cross-reacts with the small-bowel tissue, causing an inflammatory reaction. That leads to a truncating of the villi lining the small intestine (called villous atrophy). This interferes with the absorption of nutrients, because the intestinal villi are responsible for absorption. The only known effective treatment is a lifelong gluten-free diet.[3] While the disease is caused by a reaction to wheat proteins, it is not the same as wheat allergy.

      Combining findings into a prediction rule to guide use of endoscopy reported a sensitivity of 100% (it would identify all the cases) and specificity of 61% (it would be incorrectly positive in 39%). The prediction rule recommends that patients with high-risk symptoms or positive serology should undergo endoscopy. The study defined high-risk symptoms as weight loss, anaemia (haemoglobin less than 120 g/l in females or less than 130 g/l in males), or diarrhoea (more than three loose stools per day).[48]

  9. ivy

    Any problems with getting the shingles vaccine when you have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?
    Has anyone with CFS/FM had the shingles vaccine and did you experience any bad side-effects?

    1. sylvester

      see a dr through the american academy of environmental medicine
      they ought to be on staff at county and neighborhood medical clinics,
      root assumptions in treatment are multiple allergies to foods,food dyes, preservatives,animal dander,mold,
      household and industrial chemicals,pollen,parasites,household dustmites,pets,farm animals,
      the drs above and mainstream parted company from large city hospital/university complexes in the 70s,
      mainstream drs,like those used by HHS to ‘objectively’ search for disabling conditions,,,,usually find
      ‘no clinical disease’,and pronounce bedraggled sick,beat up people of young,middle age,or elderly
      in ‘good health,,to get further beat up by medical care,or further weakened in a job ,this is wrong, useless and a waste of time,gas,and busfare.,and unca sam has to pay the bill.
      AAEM docs are as independant as housecats,want 800-1100 bucks due & payable up front,,they do meticulous,careful work,stick your skin ,not with board certified R,A,S,T, technique, but ‘rinkel’
      serial dilution,seeking immune misfiring in deeper tissues,and then neutralization of the offending food/s,chems,or other organic matter.
      The diet post testing emphasizes whole grain,organic food stuffs,free of yeast,sugar,dairy,no snacky wackies,pies,colas,goobers.the objective is to restore vitality by minimizing systemic inflammation,
      thence allowing nutrition to half functioning glands,organ systems.A further clue to the immune state
      is to study blood for nutrient levels,marking these before and after challenge/neutralization,
      numbers of circulating white cells,per mll,before and after challenge and neutralization.
      a daily multivitamin is usually reccomended too.
      this whole rigamarole which mainstreqm drs do not want to be bothered by,imposes a big burden on the patient,some thrive on the challenge,esp when improvement,sometimes dramatic improvement occurs,
      some cannot manage the necesary will power to act on ones own self interest.
      AAEM drs sometimes give the person an antidepressant,as a temporary boost,so they can
      do the larger job with the testing,shopping for the dietary needs.
      these guys have 2 plans,and one fall back if the chosen route does not work.
      not so the other mainstreamers,All they know is whatever the latest offering of their laptop toting pharma rep,with a small bottle of free samples.

  10. <>< captivated

    anyone ever suffered from consistent, chronic tiredness and fatigue?
    i am tired ALL the time and it’s starting to get frustrating. all i want to do is nap and stay curled up under the covers. is it possible that i have chronic fatigue. are there other things that might cause this?

    1. jersey girl in exile

      First of all you need to look at what you are doing……Are you eating well? Seriously……..make sure you eating a good diet of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean meats and fish.

      Are you getting sufficient sleep? Are you getting enough exercise? Are you drinking enough water? Are you taking a good vitamin supplement?

      If you TRULY believe you are treating your body like a temple but still feel tired, there are several diseases that could cause it and you should see your Primary Care Physician. Some of the diseases that cause extreme tiredness are; Epstein Barr Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to name a few.

      PS…..eliminate ALL artifical sweeteners, they are bad stuff.

  11. Ladyeagle7

    Please Please Please Does ANYONE know how a person can deal with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
    Someone who sleeps up to 20 hrs a day, and presently there is no help/hope for her?
    Her Doctors say force yourself to get up, have a healthy diet etc…
    I will appreciate your love and prayers for her, and anything you can say even websites to help her.

  12. JustME

    Any new ideas to help chronic fatigue?
    I just started a full time job and today was my first day off in several days. I was so tired I literally slept all night and all day too. I hate feeling so exhausted. The bad news is when I start my regular shift I will be working the graveyard shift from 7pm to 7am. I’ve been dx with fibromyalgia so the chronic fatigue is part of that. I eat healthy, exercise as much as I can and take multivitamins. What else can I do to feel better???

    1. ★☆✿❀

      It can be very difficult, I know what it’s like. I don’t have Fibromyalgia but I have a similar autoimmune disease. I find that once I start to get into a routine, things get a bit easier. If I wake up at the same time each day and go to bed at the same time each day then things seem to get easier. I think sleep hygiene is a big thing. Do you have a good sleeping pattern? Try to avoid eating 2 hours before bed and avoid doing things that keep you awake like watching tv and spending time on the computer. One thing that puts me to sleep, which might sound weird, is that I make up a scenario, what my life would be like if I was well or think about where I’d like my life to be in 5-10 years time. Then I imagine what I’d do each day and that usually makes me fall asleep. Then the next night I’ll just start off from where I fell asleep the night before.. Is that makes sense? That way I seem to stop thinking about things that keep me up or make me feel anxious.

      Another thing that my rheumatologist suggests is going for a walk. I know it’s the last thing you feel like doing or have energy to do, but it seems to be helpful. I try and go for a 30 minute walk each day. She said you have to do it for a while before you’ll start to feel better. Well I’m planning to do everything I can to get my health back so I’ve been doing it.

      Watch your diet. Cut out fatty and sugary food. Don’t drink alcohol, smoke or take illegal drugs. I have Celiac Disease, so I can’t eat gluten. But I know that some people with Fibromyalgia find that their diet improves when they remove certain food groups and eat a health diet.

      I’d also want to make sure you were correctly diagnosed. Fibromyalgia can mimic other conditions. I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but it was incorrect. Many doctors seem to not take enough time to make sure they’re diagnosing conditions correctly. Have you been tested for Celiac Disease? Diabetes? Thyroid problems? Other autoimmune diseases? Vitamin deficiencies? All of these things can mimic Fibromyalgia, but can be treated!

      Good luck, I hope things improve for you and I want to say good on you for working full time. I know so many people with Fibromyalgia and other conditions who let it restrict their lives. I know a girl who does not leave her couch because she says she cannot walk.. Use it or lose it. It is hard, but you’re doing the right thing.


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