Fibromyalgia pain (or Fibromyalgia syndrome) is a disorder that causes widespread pain all over the body or at certain points in particular, known as “trigger points”.

There is no single test that can uniquely diagnose the condition ; and no known cure for Fibromyalgia, although the symptoms can be reduced by certain clinical procedures.

What are the symptoms of Fibromyalgia pain?

While pain is the primary symptom, the patient may experience symptoms a heightened response to pressure, chronic back pain, neck pain, headaches etc.

How can physiotherapy help?

Research indicates that physiotherapy can provide immediate relief from Fibromyalgia pain. A study conducted in Norway found that Fibromyalgia patients who were treated with physiotherapy reported a marked decrease in pain and muscle stiffness.

Since the co-morbidities and symptoms Fibromyalgia pain might be different for different people, it is important that treatments are tailor-made and are adaptive to the patient, rather than being generic in nature. A skilled therapist (a physiotherapist in Vancouver is not exactly hard to find, given the abundance of such practitioners in the city) should be able to able to pinpoint a patient's needs and capabilities and identify his/her specific treatment requirements. Your physiotherapist will identify your reflexes, muscle strength, motion range etc. during a physical exam and then determine your treatment needs accordingly.

Based on these parameters and measurements, your physiotherapist might recommend treatments that generally fall into the following categories:

Manual Treatments which include different types of massages with a combination of appropriate exercises.

Physical Treatments such as water therapy or paraffin waxing which help increase flexibility of muscles and healing of wounds.

Electrotherapy treatments.

A typical physiotherapy session lasts between 45 minutes to an hour. You might feel a bit sore after the session, which is normal. The pain generally subsides completely within a day or two, after which you should be able to experience heightened muscle strength and motion range. You may need to undergo a long term physiotherapy program for up to six months, consisting of regular therapy sessions, to achieve permanent results.

How do I find a skilled physiotherapist?

Speak to your family doctor to find out if he/she can give you a referral. You can also try asking friends or people you know. While finding a skilled physiotherapist in Vancouver is no difficult task, it would be better to ensure that your physiotherapist has experience in treating Fibromyalgia pain in particular.

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13 thoughts on “Diet Fibromyalgia Symptoms

  1. grizzeybear1

    Does a low-carb diet help alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

    What do those mysterious medical words mean? In English please.
    The last response of mine was in response to Conner, Ja.

    1. JMITW

      a good diet will help any condition slightly—but don’t expect a major improvement..

      you need to regulate the central nervous system to feel better

  2. toonew2two

    Has any one found any other treatments for fibromyalgia?
    I know that a huge one is to stay away from Monosodium glutamate (MSG) also allowed to be called Natural Flavoring, guaifenesin, having low stress, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

    I also know how important a good diet it and getting enough good rest is.

    But sometimes all H*** breaks loose and despite all your hard work you just can’t maintain the house of cards you have built to deal with this DD.

    So what I am looking for is any other treatments, supplements, techniques or something to fix the damage that the last couple of days of chaos have caused.

    As for the chaos, we are having two rooms in our house redone and stuff ended up blocking up my kitchen so that I ended up not cooking at all — so where do you suppose my food came from! And all the stress of people being in my home and on and on… Now when it is done it will be so very nice but in the meantime… And I am really hurting even after two doses of guaifenesin.

    Any idea would be appreciate!

  3. Nattie

    I am starting a gluten free diet to help my fibromyalgia…?
    I can’t stand the taste of rice pasta. Does anyone have recommendations for a good pasta and white sandwich bread that taste like the real thing? Otherwise I may not last on this diet… Thank you to anyone who helps 🙂
    I don’t need home remedies. I just need to know some brands I can find at Meijer or Kroger that’ll have good food.
    I’m a pasta/ bread fiend. I’m hoping I can find something that will help that isn’t medication.

    1. ★☆✿❀

      A gluten free diet isn’t going to help your Fibromyalgia.

      Before starting on a gluten free diet you need to speak to a doctor. It can actually do more harm than good. A gluten free diet is low of fiber, which you need to help feel full and keep you regular. This can lead to over eating (to feel full), weight gain and constipation. Also a lot of gluten free alternatives are not only more expensive (in some cases 300% more) than regular food, they also contain high levels of sugar, salt and fat. So lower bank balance and bigger waist line and higher blood pressure.

      You need to tell your doctor what you’re planning to do BEFORE you start this diet. I would also recommend asking to be tested for Celiac Disease. Once you’re on a gluten free diet you can’t be tested for this disease.

      Some people who have Fibromyalgia find that there symptoms get better because of two reasons. First, they may have Celiac Disease (which is an autoimmune disease) or a gluten intolerance (which a doctor must diagnose). These conditions have small amounts of joint pain involved, but not Fibromyalgia. So once you remove gluten your symptoms from these other conditions lessen and then you feel better overall. Or, you remove food that contains gluten (like cookies, cake, pizza, lollies, pasta and bread; please note that pasta and bread themselves are not high in fat and sugar, but the toppings people put on them are!) are high in bad fats, high in sugar and sodium and other nasty things. Once your remove them (and don’t replace them with gluten free options) you feel better because you’re putting healthier things into your body.

      If you truly have Fibromyalgia a gluten free diet will not make you ‘better’ it MAY lessen some of your symptoms.

      I recommend- drinking lots of water, avoiding caffeine and soda, eating plenty of fresh fish, lean meat and fruit and veges. Avoid saturated fats, added sugar and salt.

      Eat a naturally low gluten diet and you’ll feel better, you’ll look better and your wallet will feel better too!

  4. .

    What disease should I choose to do my report on?
    So, for my science assignment, I have to research a disease of the human body & write a scientific report on it including its catergory, frequency, causes, symptoms & treatment. Not too hard, I know.

    However, I’m not really sure what disease to do.

  5. Abigail

    What damage am I doing to my body drinking a litre of diet coke daily?
    I am addicted to diet coke. I was wondering what damage it will do to my health long term, I know acid erosion to teeth is a problem, as is bone loss through the phosphorous (maybe) but what else if anything?

    1. Eccentric

      why dont u jumps urself from a high storey building and end ur lfie in one go instead of murdring urself step by step? pls for god sake stop urdiet coke immediately. some fact below to show u how deadly diet cola is

      The problem with most Diet Cokes is that they contain the artificial sweetener Aspartame (Some Diet Coke is made with Splenda instead).

      There have been some studies finding that Aspartame is a multi potential toxin and possibly a carcinogen. The methyl ester component of Aspartame is metabolized to methanol, which in turn is broken down into formic acid and formaldehyde. Methanol can lead to serious eye problems; formic acid and formaldehyde are potent carcinogens. Many people have found a connection between the ingestion of Aspartame with symptoms such as memory loss, headaches, and more pronounced problems including diabetes and brain tumors. But the most serious reasonably established problem with Aspartame is that one study has found that Aspartame decreases evoked extra cellular dopamine levels in rat brains.

      Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, that is, a chemical that nerve cells release that aid in the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles and organs. The lack of dopamine affects all nerve functions, from walking to chewing, to breathing. The basic “cause” of Parkinson’s disease is the lack of dopamine, and the basic treatment for Parkinson’s for more than 50 years has been the administering of dopa drugs, such as L-Dopa, which crosses the blood-brain barrier and restores some of the missing dopamine.

      The lack of dopamine, as in Parkinson’s, first manifests as a slowing in voluntary movement and difficulty in basic muscular functions, including hand and finger manipulation, walking, turning, etc., and as it progresses, effects speech, swallowing, and breathing.

      It will be interesting to see the follow-up to the “rat-brain” study, in several aspects:

      1. Can the results be duplicated thus verifying the conclusions from the scientists and students of Muskingum College;

      2. Will there ever be human studies that produce similar findings in people;

      3. If so, will this result in either the banning of Aspartame, or at least the recommendation that Parkinson’s sufferers stay away from it;

      4. Will further studies investigate whether something in Aspartame, that people have been exposed to and have ingested for many years (from before Aspartame was first marketed) that has contributed to loss of dopamine and possibly the development of Parkinson’s;

      5. Will anything really develop in this regard, given the fact the all of the earlier studies associating Aspartame with brain tumors, lymphoma, leukemia, fibromyalgia, etc., have either not been taken seriously by the medical science establishment or have been banished to the circular file by big business and lobbyist money, or is that because the studies deserved no more consideration than they have been given due to their questionable starting points of the ingestion of unreasonably large amounts of the subject products. Thus has certainly been the criticism of studies of Splenda, and a earlier saccharin studies.

  6. Ariah!!!

    what are signs or symptoms of a thyroid problem or disorder?
    Hello, I have not had mine checked yet, but one of my doctors (for anxiety) told me to because I have anxiety and night sweats. I am in the process of finding a doctor to do blood work for me to get it checked. In the meantime though, can you tell me what other signs or symptoms are associated with thyroid?


    P.S.. I am 27 year old female, if that makes a difference.

    1. Earth Mama

      hypothyroidism/Hashimotos disease:
      weight gain or inability to lose weight even when dieting
      high (bad) cholesterol
      low (good) cholesterol
      high triglycerides
      joint pain
      light sensitivity
      dry skin
      cold hands and feet
      low blood pressure
      tingling hands & feet
      sleeping too much
      heavy periods
      cold intolerance
      low body temperature

      hyperthyroidism/Graves disease:
      heart palpitations
      weight loss
      bulging eyes
      eye problems
      trouble sleeping/inability to sleep
      weight loss/inability to gain weight
      heat intolerance
      elevated body temperature
      high blood pressure

  7. armymom

    What seems to be the best treatment for fibromyalgia? What is the medical opinion on tx with narcotics?
    Someone I know takes hydrochodone and I would like to know if the benefits outweight the almost certain dependency.
    For clarification purposes, I am not speaking ill of those who use narcotics for pain management and not trying to tell someone how they should be treated. I am just asking a question. Please don’t be so defensive in answering. That is the purpose of this place, is it not?

  8. Ash♥

    Should I go to the doctor with these symptoms?
    I’m scared that I have Leukemia. My mother was tested and she was negative for it. She does have many health problems such as Fibromyalgia, Anemia, and slight Von Willebrands Disease. I feel like I’m turning into a hypochondriac or whatever. My symptoms include: Fatigue, Joint pain, Bleeding abnormally, shortness of breath, irregularities of female stuff, Red bumps, frequent bad bruises, and I’ve been getting sick alot lately. Help?

    1. Theo

      yea Id suggest going to see a doctor. Especially if you have not already.

      Could be a hundred different things though so don’t freak out. It most likely wont be anything serious. Make sure to think over your lifestyle (diet, risks, family history) before hand so you could give the doctor some ideas about what may be causing it.

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