10 Food Rules for Pain Patients

Fibromyalgia's symptoms include muscle and tissue pain, fatigue, depression, and sleep disturbances. Although there is little clinical research on fibromyalgia and food, many patients say that following a careful diet can help ease aches and discomfort.
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The fibro-food connection

by Mara Betsch

Fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to treat. Medication tends to reduce muscle pain, fatigue, and other symptoms of the chronic condition by just 30% to 50%. As a result, many patients turn to diet and lifestyle changes for added relief.

Learning which foods to avoid is a good place to start, since fibro patients often have food sensitivities that may not show up in food allergy tests. In one survey, 42% reported that certain foods made their pain and stiffness worse.

Next: How does food affect pain?

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