Fibromyalgia is a disease that’s shown to affect the body’s muscles and tissue.
This causes continues nagging pain.
In addition to the aching, fibromyalgia appears to simulate other diseases, this causes a large variation of symptoms among the sufferers.
Some of the most common include indigestion, nausea and symptoms similar to IBS.
It can urinary difficulties comparable to irritable bladder, UTI’s and colon diseases. It can cause hormone depletions, depression, anxiety and fatigue.
Not all suffers have all of these symptoms, this is what causes fibromyalgia to be hard to diagnose and treat and why there still remains numerous inconclusive studies.
Can emotional stress make someone susceptible to Fibromyalgia? You’ll find answers to this and to a lot of other questions in the following paragraphs.
Why do I have Fibromyalgia?
There’s been numerous studies conducted on fibromyalgia, because of the inconstant findings, most of the studies are considered
inconclusive. Although the exact cause is still unknown, researchers has shown that Genetics and certain diseases appear to play a role in Fibromyalgia.
Others believe stress might cause this to occur. It’s also shown that people with fibromyalgia have had specific diseases like, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and specific infection and PTSD.
Fibromyalgia affects the endocrine system, usually the adrenal gland. This causes a decrease in estrogen and the growth hormone. This imbalance will cause an increase in stress, fatigue and pain and a decrease in the immune system’s ability to fight infection.
Other symptoms might include a low serotonin level and an increase in neurotransmitter activity, which intensifies the pain.
Studies also show that the blood flow to the brain is different in fibromyalgia patients. Some other common factors include females who have had either a recent surgery or trauma.
Although there are many uncertainties one thing for sure there are numerous factors that play a part in this disease.
Fibromyalgia affects numerous body functions. Some of these problems can be reduced by the foods you eat and the way you eat them.
Since the immune system is compromised, it is a good idea to eat foods that boost your immune system.
This includes; broccoli, kale, sweet chard, pumpkin, butternut squash, onion, wintergreen squash, collard, turnip greens, carrots, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, mustard greens, cabbage, rhubarb, spinach, romaine and iceberg lettuce. Red beans, black beans, kidney beans and pinto beans should also be included.
For the fruits you should include all of the berry family, watermelon, papaya, cantaloupe, apples, plums, grapes, apricot, persimmons, prunes and cherries, It’s also suggested to eat lean meats, fish and whole grains. You should only use canola, or coconut oil for cooking.
Doctors suggest to eat smaller, more frequent meals, and chew your food well, this will help with digestive issues. There are certain foods that make the symptoms worse.
Of course, some of the foods I have listed may not affect all my readers. So if you’re uncertain, eliminate that food from your diet for a week. Then introduce it back slowly, to see how your body reacts.
Some of the foods that affect most fibromyalgia suffers includes, foods containing sugar, flour, yeast, gluten citrus, egg and dairy products.
Although some people can consume dairy products if it isn’t processed and came from grass fed cows.
Foods that have saturated, trans fats and preservatives seem to intensify fibromyalgia symptoms. This includes, all processed foods, cookies crackers, store bought baked goods and cooking oils.
You should avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, energy drinks and aspartame. These products are known to stimulate the nervous system.
Night shade vegetables increase inflammation and swelling and shouldn’t be consumed. This include tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant.
Because the beloved junk food contains practically everything in my do not eat list, it’s a good idea to stay away from it. The one junk food you can eat, without reprimand is dark chocolate. In fact, this type of chocolate is good for you, helps build up your immune system.
- It’s suggested to take a multivitamin every day. The vitamins will help reduce pain, increase energy levels and help boost your immune system.
- Another suggestion is omega 3 and omega 6. They decrease pain and help the immune system.
- 750 mg of Calcium with vitamin D to prevent bone density
- 250 mg Magnesium this is to help reduce pain.
- Cod liver oil to help your immune system.
- 5 HTP to help with pain and sleep and it helps with the production of serotonin.
- Melatonin to help you relax so you can get a good night’s sleep.
- Saint John’s wart this will help with any depression you may be experiencing.
- SAMe help with production of the serotonin and dopamine, which are the chemical neurotransmitters.
- L-carnitine this will help relieve some of the pain and it will help with mental health issue, fatigue, stress, depression, anxiety.
- Probiotics this will put good bacteria back into your body. Which will assist the health of your immune system.
Some herbal medications will also help you with symptom control.
- For pain management I’d suggest wintergreen, rosemary, black pepper, eucalyptus, rose or kava.
- To help reduce the inflammation I’d suggest, burdock root, flax, nettles,licorice and juniper.
- To help with your stress, anxiety, fatigue and insomnia. I suggest, skullcap, chamomile, Siberian ginseng, sea kelp, liquorish root, jasmine and my all-time favorite herb lavender.
- When you have digestive issues you can try peppermint, lemon balm, fennel seed, artichoke leaf and Cheyenne.
- To help your immune system try ginger or turmeric.
Fibromyalgia is a disease of unknown origin. Although certain diseases, infections, trauma and surgery seem to have played a part in contracting this disease.
Researchers also believed that poor health combined with an increase in stress and anxiety can weaken the immune system, this will allow fibromyalgia and other diseases like it to invade our body.
This’s why it’s so important to eat healthy, take a multivitamin and get an adequate amount of rest, relaxation every day.