After Thanksgiving, people are in a holiday mood, consumed with shopping, traveling, and party celebrations. This may affect health in some if they eat the wrong foods, become sleep deprived, drink excessively or stay up late too many nights for too many days. Many middle-aged women are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome or chronic fatigue symptoms or have fibromyalgia. The following list provides some helpful tips to prevent the exacerbation of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue symptoms during the holiday season.

1.Start sleeping longer just prior to the start of the holidays. Try to go to bed a half an hour to an hour earlier so that there is no sleep deprivation and exacerbation of symptoms even if you have had one or two late nights out. The key is to avoid deprivation or a sleep debit, thereby preventing worsening of the symptoms.

2.Avoid staying up late at night. After 10 to 11 PM the body gets a second wind and a feeling of a good time so it is tempting to stay up late. Avoid staying up late and not cross the midnight hour. Crossing midnight and staying awake has a relation with fatigue accumulation in the body and worsens chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

3.Sleep hygiene. No fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome patient can improve without good sleep hygiene. This is a key for good health. Many fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patients are suffering from poor sleep, lack of deep sleep or unrestful sleep. This may even become exacerbated further by staying up late, eating late and drinking during the holiday season. It would be a good idea to avoid drinking or at least minimize it. If one is on medications that interact with alcohol, replace alcoholic beverages with a non-alcoholic drink.

Good sleep hygiene helps control fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue symptoms. One should aim to sleep regularly from 10 PM to 6 AM as this has a relation with the body's circadian rhythm and hormonal balance. The number of sleep hours one can sleep before midnight provides a deeper sleep so if one is sleeping by 9 or 10 PM it may provide deep sleep also called N3 sleep. Six hours after midnight may provide enough dream sleep or REM sleep, which is what the body needs, and be up by 6 AM when cortisol is secreted the most and use it for the improvement of health. Normal sleep time is 10 PM to 6 AM. Sleeping outside this normal sleep pattern may affect the quality of sleep and health in some or many patients we have seen in our sleep medicine practice and especially for patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Generally, chronically waking up late, after sun is up (after 6 to 7 AM), may affects fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. If one needs to sleep later than 7 AM then he/she needs to go to bed earlier at night as sleeping past 7 AM is not a restful sleep and affects digestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel, and metabolism. Avoid daytime sleeping or taking naps. This again, will deprive one from a deep sleep at night and promotes weight gain in many. Sleep restriction may be needed in some if there is a lot of sleep interruption, insomnia or waking up multiple times at night. This may also help decrease chronic pain syndrome in some who have been suffering from that.

4.Avoid worsening of insomnia and/or sleep disorders. Many with fibromyalgia have mild to moderate fatigue and some have severe difficulty falling asleep or are suffering from insomnia. Some have sleep apnea and are on a CPAP or BiPAP machine, have restless leg syndrome or peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, etc., and these can become exacerbated by holiday stress, inconsistent bedtimes and wake times as well as lack of sleep. Good holiday planning, adequate travel time, selecting healthy foods and eating in moderation as well as avoiding drinking may help.

Based on research in insomnia patients, improvement of sleep hygiene, sleep restriction and behavioral changes work best for patients with chronic insomnia rather than drug therapy.

5.Avoid worsening of chronic lung disease. Many chronic fatigue syndrome patients and/or fibromyalgia patients are suffering from bronchial asthma, postnasal drip, GERD, environmental allergies, COPD, chronic lung infections, etc. They should have a rescue inhaler or nebulizer handy and use it if needed. Make sure you know the correct technique of inhaler and/or nebulizer use. In spite of using an inhaler or nebulizer for many years, many patients do not know how to use them correctly. If you do not know or are unsure how to use your inhaler or nebulizer correctly, it will be a good idea to learn. Keep a log of the your medication usage and peak flow meter if you are using it; keeping track of when you use it, the frequency of use and the symptoms associated with it. Make a plan of learning about the individual disease one has and how to control it. Create a routine and make an emergency plan with your family so that if your condition is exacerbated they will know how it will be handled.

Keeping a good log of your symptoms with a diary and following up with your healthcare professional helps you to learn about your own disease and helps your doctor or the health care professional assisting you. The better you are at keeping a log, the better subjective and objective ideas your healthcare professional has about you and your perspective of the disease and what you would like to achieve. The same is true for the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue for the pain, sleep symptoms, mood swings and overall sense of wellbeing.

Best wishes and happy holidays…

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31 thoughts on “Diet For Fibromyalgia Foods

  1. Mark

    What are the negative effects of aspartame if there are any?
    I don’t want to hear crazy, conspiriatorial nonsense that it causes brain tumors and that the FDA is covering it up. I know that in terms of long term health it’s fine. But what about issues such as lacking concentration or nauesa? I’ve recently become addicted to Diet Coke and was just wondering

    1. Minako

      “Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

      According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

      Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. The book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” by James and Phyllis Balch, lists aspartame under the category of “chemical poison.” As you shall see, that is exactly what it is.”

      This site has loads of info on how terrible Aspartame actually is for you. you should probably get yourself unhooked from diet soda as soon as possible. Not to mention diet soda really isn’t any better for you anyway.

  2. starchild8072

    What is the best cure for fibromyalgia?
    I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I have around the clock headaches, extremely low energy, sore spots on my body, aching joints and muscles, neck pain, back pain, I have a hard time concentrating or focusing, have anxiety, and stay worried and stressed all of the time and I can’t help it. These are all symptoms of fibromyalgia and everything I have tried hasn’t worked. I have 4 children who need more of me than what they are getting due to my physical condition. What is the best cure for this?

    1. Kathy

      I have had fibromyalgia for over 10 years and when I first got it, I felt pretty much how you described.

      It took me years of research and application to find what works best for me. Every person is individual, so you will have to go by trial and error, but here is some of what I do…

      1. Take an antidepressant. I’ve tried many prescribed by my doctor and found that even St.John’s Wort works very well. The antidepressants raise your seretonin levels, (the feel good chemical in your brain,) and you just generally feel better all over.

      2. Get some exercise every day. Not too little, but not too much. Too little will allow your muscles to become stiff and sore but too much will make them ache like crazy. I find yoga and walking to be the two best exercises for me. I do them every day and my body feels 1000% better.

      3. Eat a healthier diet. Too much sugar, white flour, fat and carbs, seem to exasperate the condition. Try to stick to natural foods, whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables.

      4. Get enough sleep and rest. Try to get 8 hours of sleep each night if possible. If you have what I do, and wake up each night and toss and turn, try taking a herbal sleep remedy. Valerian and passionflower worked very well for me. They sell sleep remedy blends in health food stores and I find they really help.

      5. Mediation and relaxation…even if it’s only for 5 minutes a day, will make a big difference. I know you said you have 4 children, and I have 5, all boys, so I know it’s really hard to get any time to meditate or relax, but it’s really, really, important if you are going to be any good to them. You have to take care of yourself.

      6. Journalling. Again, I know this takes time, but it is the best way to get your feelings out of you. If you don’t have someone you can share you feeling with, then write about them. Holding all your feelings inside causes a lot of tension, and I believe that’s where and how Fibromyalgia starts. Once I started writing, and crying, releasing some of my pain and withheld emotions, I really started feeling better.

      I wish you all the best of luck. You are living with a difficult chronic condition. Take good care of yourself. That’s always the best place to start.

      Take care.

      Kathy

  3. Mat the Elder

    Where is this elusive evidence?
    Recently I have been witness to a number of answers in the Vegetarian/Vegan category stating that there is scientific proof that a vegetarian diet is nutritionally lacking. I myself am a vegetarian and, after exhaustive research, have come to the conclusion that a thoughtful, healthy vegetarian diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains is not only nutritionally complete, but actually more healthful than a diet rich in meat. I am, however, interested in this “evidence” as well as its scientific validity. Please don’t waste my time with answers such as “meat is good”, “god made animals so we could eat them”, etc. If you have real, solid evidence, please enlighten me with it.
    I am well aware that there are no legitimate answers to this question, I merely asked it to make a point. If I need to spell it out for you, please, go shoot yourself for your foolishness.

    1. Gypsy Whitemoon

      Personally I have not seen any Over whelming evidence that meat is good for you. There are a lot of people on this forum who bag vegan/vegetarian diet. They make these silly statements that we have have to eat meat and that is an essential protein – it actually isn’t. The ex evegetarians who state the vegetarian diet made them sick – and there are a few and they say they went to the doctor and was advised to eat meat . If you read what they say they lived on candy, bread, crisp sandwiches and sweet coffee. THey did not not have a balanced diet but ate a variety of rubbish and often skipped meals.

      Being vegan is healthier, than any other diet possible and that isn’t even touch the hormones and antibiotics, used in raising animals, and the possibilities and realities of meat borne illness, Mad Cow Disease etc. .

      Better for your heart. Proven to reduce heart disease, and even reverse coronary heart disease.

      Automatically lower s your cholesterol levels. The only foods that contain cholesterol are animal products, like meat and dairy. And since a three-decade-long study found that not a single subject with a cholesterol level below 150 has ever developed heart disease, that’s hard to ignore!

      Vegans have lower rates of obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, large bowel disorders, cancers and gallstones.

      Reduces stroke risks and coronary artery disease.

      Reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia.

      Reduces food poisoning. 95% of food poisoning is linked to animal products.

      Your bowels will work much better, therefore, keeping your whole system healthier.

      Live longer healthier lives. One 21-year-long study that compared meat-eaters and vegetarians showed that the greater the meat consumption, the greater the death rate from all causes combined.

      Increased vegetable and fruit intake reduces your need for taking a multi vitamin plus increases your antioxidant intake.

      There is no proof, what so ever, that a person must eat animal flesh or any by products of animals to be healthy, yet there is overwhelming proof that it truely is best not to!

      These die hard meat eaters talk utter nonsense and are constantly making up these radical stories about vegetarians being unhealth and it real nonsense.

  4. Gaia

    Where do I start on a raw food diet?
    Tomorrow I begin my raw food diet (for medical reasons) but even though there is a wealth of information on the net, and tons of recipes, I still cannot grasp what I should eat on a daily basis.

    Some of the recipes require many ingrediants (many of which I can’t get in the UK) and ideally I would like simple, small meals and nothing complicated.

    Can any raw foodist lend me a few tips on how to get started?

    Thanks.. 🙂

    1. Anonymous

      Hi Peace! I cured myself of breast cancer more than 10 years ago when i started a raw food diet! Arthritis, fibromyalgia and a long list of everything else went away and I’m still in perfect health today and still eat all raw foods. You don’t have to make a lot of recipes you can eat mostly a lot of fruits, veggies and huge salads. You can make applesauce in a food processor with 2 Fresh apples and there are a lot of simple things you can make. too hard to go into everything here but raw recipe books would help and you can pick out the raw recipes that are basic and don’t require a lot of ingredients. many of the raw recipe books have simple recipes. The expensive books with the color photos are more complicated and have more ingredients but you can get simple easy raw recipes in many other books. Nurse Sue

  5. sissyfyia

    What are some alternative methods to treat fibromyalgia?
    My mom has had Fibro for 3 years now and is on TONS of pain killers. I worry a lot about her liver and quality of life on them and wonder what alternative methods there are. She is allergic to lyrica so please don’t leave a ton of posts about that drug. Serious answers only please!

    1. ☮Jen D☮

      Natural recommendations for treatment of fibromyalgia:

      Supplements:
      Co enzyme Q10 75 mg daily (improves oxygenation, boosts immune system)
      Acidophilus as directed (replaces friendly bacteria)
      Lecithin as directed – with meals (promotes energy, improves circulation)
      Malic acid & Magnesium as directed (energy production, chronic pain)
      Manganese 5 mg daily – (influences metabolic rate)
      Photolytic enzymes – as directed- (reduces inflammation, aids tissue repair)
      Vitamin A – 25,000 iu daily for 1 month, then slowly reduce to 10,000 iu daily.
      Vitamin E. – 800 iu daily for 1 month, then slowly reduce to 400 iu daily.
      Vitamin C – 5000 mg daily – (antiviral, boosts energy)
      Vitamin B complex – 100 mg 3x daily (energy)
      Amino acid complex – as directed- (repair tissues)
      Grape seed extract – as directed – (antioxidant)
      Garlic – 2 capsules 3x daily (immune function, energy)

      Herbs:
      Echinacea, Astragalus, Burdock Root, Dandelion, Red Clover
      Ginkgo Biloba.

      Dietary:
      Eat a well balanced diet of 50% raw foods and live (fresh) juices. The diet should consist of mainly vegetables, fruits, whole grains, raw nuts and seeds. Do not eat meat or dairy products as they increase inflammation- increasing pain; and interfere with circulation- increasing fatigue.
      Eat 4-5 small meals per day, and drink plenty of filtered water, herbal teas and juices.
      No caffeine, alcohol, sugar or honey, as they increase fatigue.
      Avoid green peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and white potatoes. These contain solanine, and may increase pain or discomfort.

      Rid your environment of chemicals: cleansers, detergents, pesticides, perfumes, air fresheners etc. Health food stores and large grocery stores carry natural alternatives.

      Get moderate exercise and plenty of sleep.

  6. Erica

    What is the best way to relieve joint pain?
    My mother has a lot of pain in her leg lately. Her doctor has given her some medicines, but they have not been working that well. What is the best way to cure/relieve this pain? I need to know both naturally (as in what diet) as well as some good medicines that might help. Thanks 🙂

    1. Lisa Penn

      This is from an article that will help:

      “What Causes Your Joint Pain?

      The most common causes for joint pain are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Bursitis (inflammation of the bursae).

      In fact, millions of people who suffer from various aches and pains like arthritis and joint pain, back pain, fibromyalgia and others do so because of chronic internal inflammation. The pain you feel is your body telling you about an injury or damage. The swelling is your smart body stopping you from moving to protect you from more damage.

      Then what happens is your body producing proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes fight the inflammation and repair the damage. They also clean your blood, break down scar tissue and even fight viruses and bacteria. The problem is that after the age of 25, your body produces dramatically less amount of these enzymes (we can’t stay young forever…). In addition, there are more factors that cause increased inflammation, like chemicals in our food and air, bad nutrition, allergies and even stress.

      This is how your body is flooded with inflammation it can not control anymore. Your pain increases and out of nowhere you are diagnosed with arthritis, chronic fatigue, heart disease and the list goes on and on.

      Most Common Treatment and Why It’s Dangerous

      Unfortunately, most doctors simply write prescription after prescription for drugs like Celebrex, Bextra and Vioxx – that have been proven to have side effects often much worse than the pain they are supposed to be treating.

      A study by the National Cancer Institute found elevated risk for heart attacks and strokes. Another study by Pfizer (Bextra’s manufacturer!!) found elevated risk of heart and blood clotting for patients that have undergone cardiac surgery. Several drugs have been recalled in the past few years such as Vioxx, Bextra and others. And what about those plain old side effects like cramping, headaches and even damage to the liver and kidneys?

      Natural Joint Pain Relief – What is Systemic Enzyme Therapy?

      Nature has its solutions for all our conditions and diseases. Your Pain is one of them. Natural joint pain relief is as effective as prescription drugs – but safer.

      Remember those enzymes we talked about earlier?

      Enzymes are basically the main line of defense against inflammation. They reduce inflammation by neutralizing the bio-chemicals of inflammation to the point where your body can repair injured tissues. They promote healing without the side effects of prescription drugs. Enzymes also Break down scar tissue and fibrosis, support a healthy immune system, clean the blood and fight viruses and bacteria.”

  7. Dana C

    what is a good numbing cream or ointment for aches and pains?
    I have Sarcoidosis, Fibromyalgia in my chest wall what is a good numbing ointment or cream to stop the aches ?

  8. Anonymous

    What’s the best diet pill for someone with hypothyroid, PCOS, fibromyalgia, and prediabetes & no metabolism?
    I have a low thyroid, PCOS, fibromyalgia, prediabetes, and a condition in which my stomach does not easily digest food. I seem to have no luck loosing weight and have no metabolism. Is there a diet pill that would work for me?

  9. merali-silda

    Is there anything new out there for fibromyalgia?
    I’ve been with fibromyalgia for several years, and would also would like to know about home remedies. And what can I do to prevent flareups.

    1. Cherokee Billie

      The latest medical drug people are using is Lyrica. Some people have success with it and others don’t. I suffer with Fibromyalgia so I know what you are going through. I find that getting massaged on a regular basis cuts down my pain tremendously. That is my number one recommendation.

      Nutrition is very important with this condition as with any serious physical condition. Avoid caffeine products, sugar, processed foods and fried foods. Low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia) is often a factor in causing the person with Fibromyalgia to feel fatigued. That is why a good nutrition program is very important, eating frequent small meals with some protein is very important in keeping the blood levels even.

      Whole grains, seeds, nuts, yogurt, chicken, Turkey, organic beef, eggs, natural cheese and cottage cheese should form the base of your diet. Accompanied by Appropriate vegetables and a minimum amount of fruit.

      A good quality multi-vitamin is absolutely essential with this condition. It’s important to replace what the body loses daily. If a person takes no other supplement but a multi-vitamin they’re helping to support their body daily.

      There’s no definite cure for Fibromyalagia but there are certainly many alternative methods that can help you improve the quality of your life. Physical therapy that is performed at home is very important for Fibromyalgia. Warm water stretches performed at least three times weekly can be of tremendous help keeping the joints and muscles flexible. A Jacuzzi or hot tub is without a doubt one of the best treatments you can do at home, not only does it improve circulation you can also perform warm water stretches in it. If you have access to one and can use this daily you would see a tremendous change in the body. Using a moist heating pad on areas of pain for 20 minutes can ease the pain.

      I also find that chiropractic care can bring tremendous relief.

      If you have any further questions please let me know.

      Billie77

  10. quizicalgal

    Does anyone know any good exercises to lose weight with fibromyalgia?
    I have had fibromyalgia my whole life, which has gotten worse since the birth of my son almost 3 years ago. I have tried exercising, but if I do too much, I get really sick. I was wondering if there are any other fibromyalgia sufferers out there that have had success with particular exercises and diets. Thank you very much!

    1. Milton

      Weight loss requires healthy food choices, calorie counting and exercise. You do not have to do stressful exercises to tone up. You can walk. If you can’t walk a mile, walk a block. If you can’t walk fast, walk slow. If you have to rest during the walk, go someplace like a mall where there are benches along the way and walk a piece, rest a piece. You do not have to do those impossible exercises you see at the gyms. Fibromyalgia steals your energy but you still have a little if you use it wisely and listen to your body while you are doing it. You have to work with the disorder, not try to beat it.

  11. sinistersister69

    How do you get a reluctant Doctor to prescribe weight loss medications?
    I am 5ft2 and almost 200 pounds. I have a hard time losing weight through excersise because I have severe Fibromyalgia. I eat a very good diet of 1,000 calories a day but although I am not gaining I am not losing either. My doctor says he doesnt like to prescribe any weight loss meds to anyone. I do not want to go see another doc because this current one is so good with my other illnesses and it is in my contract that if i see anyone else, he will not see me anymore. What do I do?? Help!
    Ive decided to add some more on this post to thank you all so far for your input and helpful advice. I have a Response for “M’s” question. Most doctors who deal exclusively with pain management will have their patients sign this sort of contract. It pretty much just means that since they are handaling all of the intricate specifics of your unique case that it would not be benificial and would cause much confusion to bring in other doctors without his permission first. If you, the patient wish to see a different doctor than your pain management doctor , you are more than welcome to a second opinion or whatever you are seeking but it is in your primary pain management care providers discretion to see you or to (more than likely ) not to see you as a patient again. Thanx for listening and responding.

    1. TPhi

      Ask him to recommend a nutritionist for you to consult with. If he won’t prescribe anything, then the least he can do is work with you in other ways. Maybe a nutritionist can adjust what types of foods you are eating and make it possible for you to lose weight. Actually, you might not be getting enough calories and if you ate certain foods and increased your calorie intake by 200, you might have better luck. But I’m only guessing. Don’t get discouraged. It might just be a 1 lb. loss per week, but that’s 52 lbs. in a year.

      I know you said you have severe Fibromyalgia, but can you just try walking 10 minutes each day and try to gradually work up to 30 minutes over time? If you don’t feel like walking outside, the Leslie Sansone walking DVD’s are easy and a lot of people like you lose weight using them. Basically it’s just walking in place in front of your TV for 15 minutes.

  12. Too Curious

    Does anyone have fibromyalgia? What have they done to improve your condition?
    Have they put you on any meds or physical workout? Everyone I know has advice, and there are some really out-there suggestions. One person suggested the raw foods diet.

    1. StarBug

      I have had fibromyalgia for over 26 years. I hurted so bad for a long time. I heard of this medication used for depression on t.v. that helps with pain. I thought it would be worth a try and asked my doctor to put me on it.

      OMGosh! I can’t tell you the changed it made in my life. I can do things that I could never have done in the past. Although I am not totally painfree because I have Neuropathy I am not in as much pain as I used to be.

      The medication is called Cymbalta. Now Cymbalta may not work for everyone but if it can help you it will be amazing…If you can give it a try!

      Good Luck hun!

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  13. linda r

    How can one with fibromyalgia build muscle strenghth?
    What is the best way to build muscle (core and upper body, especially) when one has fibromyalgia and suffers from 24 to 48 hours of severe spams and pain in the shoulders and neck whenever any lifting (with arms or of the upper torso against gravity) is done?
    I have a limited diet due to food allergies, and primarily rely heavily on fruits and veggies, and use chicken or eggs as animal protein. I need to build strenghth and endurance, but the effects of trying are severe.

    1. janice

      I would suggest a physical therapist. They know about muscle “triggers” and what works. Maybe they can give you the advice you are looking for. I applaud you on wanting to keep up the momentum. I understand that a person with your condition actually profits from staying active(painful as it may be at times)

  14. Paul

    Is there a corelation between fibromyalgia and the consuming of carbonated soft drinks?
    If I’ve got fibromyalgia (I think I do) I suspect my diet has something to do with it (prehaps other things too).
    If I do have fibromyalgia, carbonated soft drinks heads my list as a possible contributor to it and/or with cafeine as a runner up and/or equal to it? Is there a corelation with either or both if they are taken together in a can or bottle of soda pop?
    Thank you for any helpful input because it is getting painful.

    Ed

    1. Individual

      Foods/driks can contibute to it for soem people-

      but they do not cause it-

      Diet will not cure ior releive symptomst-but may help your body compensate

      FMS has been believed to be a disorder of teh central nervous system for about 10 yeasr now–and i would think caffeine affects the CNS

      I would think it is less likely to be the carbonation

  15. goodie

    Does anyone out there have fibromyalgia and how do you deal with the pain and the depression?
    I have had fibromyalgia for three years and it is getting to the point I don’t even want to get out of bed anymore.

    1. Jennifer R

      I have Fibromyalgia…have had it for years now. Some days I hurt SO bad I dont even want to get out of bed, but have to because laying there too long hurts too. Yoga helps alot as someone suggested. Swimming helps too. Big thing is to try to keep moving, cuz if you dont it just feels worse.

      I am on different pain meds and muscle relaxers, sleeping pills, plus I have tried many diff combos. Right now I am on Effexor XR which helps with serotonin production, which can help you cope with pain, and helps the depression from not taking over. Im on Robaxin, a muscle relaxer, Baclofen, for spasms, Trazadone to help with sleep, Estazolam, a sleeping pill, two different types of morphine for pain, Ritalin for energy in the day time, Levsin for the IBS. There are a lot of newer meds out there but my insurance wont cover them so I am on a lot of “older” type meds.

      My Fibro specialist recently told me he wanted me to try something called 5-HTP..hydroxytryptophan(basically a safer version of L-Tryptophan)…he said it helps with serotonin production as well and said in combo with the Effexor XR it may help. I wasnt able to afford it for the longest time…but I did pick some up last month finally, and took his rec. dose of 4 100MG capsules a day, and I have to tell you I really felt a whole lot better on most of the days this month so far.

      Another thing he suggested, strongly, is to stay away from Aspartame…diet foods and drinks with Aspartame, and to use Splenda. He never explained this to me tho…but a couple months ago I watched a DVD called Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World. Up until then I continued to drink the diet drinks, specially Crystal Light. After seeing that video I did an experiment, I stopped ingesting anything with Aspartame in it and I felt about 90% better, more energy, less pain, more sleep(which is a good thing for Fibro sufferers)…I drank only Kool Aide with sugar, and Diet Rite and 7-Up Plus which both use Splenda. I stayed off Aspartame for a couple weeks, and then tried another experiment…started drinking the Crystal Light again…and within a day or 2 felt like crud again. So now Ive been off it for almost 2 months now and in combo with the 5-HTP and the meds I take Ive been feeling pretty darn good. Ive included a couple good links to check out for Fibro sufferers, which have helped me.

      Also if your insurance covers it I highly recommend Ambien CR. Mine doesnt cover it but you can get a free 7 day trial from their website. It has 2 layers, one to help you fall asleep quickly, and the other releases slowly to help you stay asleep. Worked wonders. Also Lunesta helped a bit too, and you can get a free trial there too. (You just need your Doc to prescribe the trial amount, and you take that and the voucher you get from their website to the pharmacy and they give it to you.)

      Hope this helps…feel free to email me if you have any questions….I’ll try to help any way I can, including just emotional support and a friend…because its rough not having someone who understands what it is you’re going through.

      Also call your local Arthritis Foundation and see if they can put you in touch with a local Fibromyalgia specialist. That is how I found mine, and he is wonderful. Its SO nice to have a doctor believe what you are going through and know how to help!

  16. queentinkb

    I need a list of foods that are highly Refined?
    I have fibromyalgia and It is important that I identify these ffods. Your help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

    1. deb

      Its easy to figure out, if its processed its not for you. Meaning you should be eating a diet of fresh foods. Fruits, veggies, lean meats, poultry and dairy if you can tolerate it. No boxes of food, no TV dinners, no things with added sugar, no carbonated drinks, no artificial sweeteners or flavorings. Fresh foods. Drink water !

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