There are numerous conditions that benefit from a well-balanced diet, and though more research is needed, nutrition appears to be beneficial for Fibromyalgia as well. At the very least, well-balanced nutrition will give those with Fibromyalgia more energy and improve the way they feel overall. Some people report improvements in symptoms when they eat or avoid specific foods, but unfortunately there isn’t a specific diet that has been proven to improve Fibromyalgia. As more research becomes available for nutrition and Fibromyalgia, a Dietitian can keep patients updated, and help them make appropriate dietary adjustments.
With Fibromyalgia there appears to be an increased incidence of osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia, and other nutrient deficiencies. Some of these nutrient deficiencies are hypothesized to play a role in the development of Fibromyalgia. A Dietitian can help you use nutrition to avoid/treat osteoporosis and iron-deficiency anemia, and resolve other nutrient deficiencies that may be related to Fibromyalgia.
Individuals with Fibromyalgia are more likely to be overweight, so if this describes you please know that you are not alone. The good news is losing weight can decrease your pain sensitivity and improve your quality of life. A Dietitian who specializes in weight management is prepared to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight through lifestyle change. Don’t hesitate; hire a Dietitian today!
Complementary and Alternative Treatments
Some dietary supplements are being studied for Fibromyalgia but there isn’t enough scientific evidence yet to show that they’re effective. Always talk to your doctor before adding any supplements to your treatment regimen. Some supplements can cause harmful side effects and interfere with your medications. For a detailed description of supplements and any evidence supporting their effectiveness and safety visit nccam.nih.gov/health/atoz.htm. Your doctor and a Dietitian can help you sort through this information and make an informed decision about whether or not to take any supplements.
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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (2012). Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia. Retrieved January 16, 2014, http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_info/Fibromyalgia/default.asp#g.