If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you may need to start making informed food choices which will help to deal with your symptoms. While there are conflicting opinions and research around which diet is best for those who suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic pain, certain food groups and chemicals have been shown to make the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia worse. In this article we will focus on what is generally suggested that you avoid to help treat your pain.
Please note that we are not medical experts and this blog post serves the purpose of keeping you as informed as possible about your condition and any news or advancements relating to the treatment of fibromyalgia. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your diet, please consult a doctor or medical professional.
Fibromyalgia and alcohol
The extent to which alcohol is harmful for you if you suffer from fibromyalgia will depend on a few different factors. Firstly, the amount of alcohol you consume is important. Some research has shown that moderate levels of alcohol can be beneficial in the short term for people who are suffering from fibromyalgia.
Secondly, consuming alcohol while on certain medication used to deal with fibromyalgia can be harmful and potentially dangerous. You should always consult your doctor to ensure that you are safe to consume alcohol.
Speak to your doctor and discover what works best for you
Every case of fibromyalgia is different, and what works for one person may not necessarily work for everyone else. What is most important is finding out what helps to improve your day to day life as much as possible. Frustratingly, a lot of treatment for fibromyalgia is trial and error so it is important to see what is out there in terms of treatment and giving it a go.
Avoid processed foods and foods with lots of additives
If you suffer from pain, try to avoid foods which contain additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG). In some studies, high levels of glutamine within the body have been shown to correlate with pain levels in fibromyalgia patients. MSG can be found in many modern day convenience foods, including food from many fast food restaurants. Look out for hydrolysed protein,, glutamic acid and yeast extract on food labels, as they commonly contain MSG.
Cutting out caffeine could be beneficial
By cutting out caffeine, you are likely to improve your sleeping routine and sleep quality. If you find yourself combating a lack of sleep by consuming more caffeine, it could actually be doing you more harm than good. This is because fibromyalgia is often worse when people have experienced inadequate sleep and are suffering from fatigue. Although initially cutting out caffeine can be difficult, especially in the first few days, in could be beneficial for you long term.
Have you considered contacting a fibromyalgia solicitor?
We are leading fibromyalgia solicitors. If you believe your chronic pain condition has been caused as the result of an accident or trauma that was not your fault, we may be able to help you to claim compensation. If you would like to know more about this, please call us for free on 0808 123 0003 or fill in our online contact form.
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What works for you?
If you’re a sufferer of fibromyalgia, leave a comment below if you’ve found anything to be beneficial in relieving the symptoms.