Posts Tagged ‘fibromyalgia’

1. Aspartame (NutraSweet);
2. Food additives including MSG (monosodium glutamate) and nitrates;
3. Sugar, fructose, and simple carbohydrates;
4. Caffeine — including coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate;
5. Yeast and gluten;
6. Dairy; and
7. Nightshade Plants: Tomatoes, chili and bell peppers, potatoes, and eggplant.
Ok, there is no way I am giving up 3, some of 4, 6 or some of 7!! There are some days that coffee is the only thing keeping me going. Chocolate? Really? Again, no way, not going to happen. Gotta have my dairy, without it really what is there left to eat? Potatoes? Yes, those too. Nothing like a nice baked potato. So, after reading this article what I came away with is, like everything to do with Fibro, it is all trial and error. I know what works for me, you will just have to figure out what works for you.

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Find out what experts say really matters about the foods you eat — and why staying away from certain foods might help your fibromyalgia symptoms.

Fibromyalgia affects up to 4% of the population — mostly women. And there is still no known cause or recognized treatment that works for everyone. That’s one reason, say experts, that so many people have turned to diet as a way to relieve some of the symptoms.

Eat more whole grains. Don’t eat any whole grains. All fruit is good. Some fruit is bad. Tomatoes are healthy. Tomatoes are harmful. Sugar is bad. Sugar has no impact. Avoid meat. Eat. . . .

Confused? Don’t be. Experts say diversity is another hallmark of fibromyalgia.

“This is because fibromyalgia is not a specific illness,” says Michael McNett, MD. McNett directs the Fibromyalgia Treatment Centers of America, headquartered in Chicago. “Fibromyalgia is more like a symptom complex, and different people appear to have different reasons why they get this symptom complex,” he says. “So what works for one person very frequently does not work for another.”



Way back when I was first diagnosed with Fibro, there was only the tender point exam coupled with months of symptoms reported to your doctor to obtain a diagnosis. Even when you received a diagnosis, going to another doctor could change that original diagnosis to an undetermined illness or even that it was all in your head. I hope that the new criteria helps those that have this disorder get the diagnosis quickly and get them on the road to learning to live and thrive with this disorder.

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Until now, diagnosing the widespread pain disorder relied mainly on “tender point” exams or tenderness to the touch at 11 or more of 18 specified tender points and widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body for three months.

“The trick to fibromyalgia is diagnosing it,” he says. “A lot of people experience widespread pain, but when do you give it the label of fibromyalgia?”

The new criteria avoid tender points and tender point exams. Instead, a widespread pain index coupled with a symptom severity scale is used. The pain index is a 19-item checklist; a person marks the number of body parts where they have experienced pain during the last week. The symptom scale comprises unrefreshing sleep, fatigue, and cognitive issues — three hallmarks of fibromyalgia. Symptoms are rated on an ascending scale of severity from 0 to 3. The diagnosis revolves around the number of painful areas, number of symptoms, and their severity. The American College of Rheumatology gave its stamp of approval to these new criteria.

Using the new set of criteria, “we will be diagnosing more people because we are casting a wider net,” Katz says. Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3% to 6% of the population worldwide, according to National Fibromyalgia Association. “The number may double or even triple,” he says.