Diet Helps Fibromyalgia
November 07, 2001
People with fibromyalgia may experience
reductions in their symptoms if they eliminate one or more
foods from their diet.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition,
often accompanied by depression and fatigue, in which a person
feels pain in the muscles and tissues surrounding the joints.
in 10 fibromyalgia patients are female.
While the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown,
researchers have found pain-processing abnormalities in the
spines and brain stems of some people with fibromyalgia.
In the study, investigators reviewed
medical charts of 17 fibromyalgia patients who agreed to eliminate
common foods from their diet such as corn, wheat, dairy, citrus,
soy and nuts.
After 2 weeks without eating any of the
potential food allergens, nearly
half of the patients reported "significant reduction
of pain," and 76% reported a reduction in
other symptoms such as headache, fatigue, bloating, heartburn,
and breathing difficulties.
After the food elimination phase of the
study, the patients were then instructed to reintroduce a
particular food every 2 or 3 days and monitor their reaction
to the food.
Some of the reactions to foods were pain,
headache, and gastrointestinal distress. The most common problem-causing
foods or ingredients for the patients in this study were corn,
wheat, dairy, citrus and sugar.
Meeting of the American College of Nutrition in Orlando, Florida