Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that is very little understood even nowadays and even by medical professionals. Mysterious and still not completely known, this syndrome affects millions of Americans and it influences the way they live their lives: from how they wake up, to what they eat and to their daily activities.
There are a lot of symptoms that appear with Fibromyalgia, and some of them have also been considered to be causes and risk factors. The entire image of this syndrome is, in general, quite foggy, and this is precisely what makes it so hard to diagnose and so difficult to treat.
From depression to joint pain and from losing cognitive abilities to digestive issues, Fibromyalgia patients can experience a wide range of symptoms and each patient can be special.
Thus, once a medical professional has put the Fibromyalgia diagnosis, he/she will also prescribe the patient a combination of drugs and remedies that he/she can apply. All these suggestions are made according to the most common causes that may have led to this point and their main purpose is that of ameliorating the negative effect and potentially reversing the process.
Proper nutrition is absolutely crucial for patients with Fibromyalgia. Since this syndrome can affect all the areas of one’s body, making sure that you are not making your condition any worse by eating poorly is very important.
All unhealthy foods should be eliminated from your diet. Foods containing saturated fats (such as the fast-food products), foods rich in sugar, caffeinated products and, in the case of those with gluten sensitivity, foods containing gluten – these are the most common harmful things you should replace in your diet.
What to replace them with? Fatty fish, nuts, coconut oil and olive oil, vegetables, gluten-free products – these are just some of the foods you can start incorporating into your diet. Furthermore, milk may be appropriate for you, since you will need calcium and vitamin D, but if you have lactose intolerance, dairy products can worsen your condition.
Other than proper diet, your doctor will also recommend you to take some supplements and vitamins that will help with ameliorating your symptoms. Among these, vitamin D is probably the most commonly encountered.
Very often, patients with Fibromyalgia will experience comorbid depression and anxiety, in addition to chronic pain (the main Fibromyalgia symptom). Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with these disorders, as well as with muscle pain, so making sure that you get enough of it may help.
Another supplement a medical professional may recommend you if you are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia is fish oil. Unless you do eat a lot of fatty fish (salmon, tuna, and so on), you will most likely need the omega-3 fatty acids contained by it and you may take it from fish oil. Furthermore, this supplement has an anti-inflammatory effect, which will also be helpful with relieving pain symptoms.
Magnesium deficiency is very common in general and most of the patients with Fibromyalgia will show it as well. This mineral will basically help every single part of your body function properly, starting with your heart and ending with your kidneys.
Furthermore, muscle pain and back pain are also associated with this deficiency, and I is quite likely you will not be getting enough magnesium from food alone. Thus, taking a magnesium supplement daily can help you if you suffer from Fibromyalgia.
B vitamin deficiency is also very common and your doctor may also recommend B-complex supplements. B6 is one of those vitamins that will always help as an anti-inflammatory, and this is why patients with Fibromyalgia may be especially recommended to take it.
SAMe may be something you have not heard of before. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t until several decades ago that specialists discovered that it can be linked to certain diseases and disorders, such as osteoarthritis and depression.
Ever since then, SAMe started to be produced in the laboratory and it is now considered to be a supplement in the United States of America and a prescription drug in other parts of the world. This supplement can help with relieving chronic pain in the case of those with Fibromyalgia, but it can also be used for those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, liver diseases, dementia, ADHD, lead poisoning and many, many other medical conditions.
Whatever supplements it may be that you want to take, make sure that it was recommended by a doctor, since some of them may harm you more than do you any good. Other than that, eat healthy and maintain yourself positive!