MYTH: A special diet is required for people with fibromyalgia.
FACT: Although eating healthy can be a key to managing fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain, brain fog, and exhaustion, there is no specific diet that a fibromyalgia patient needs to adhere to. It is suggested that sugar and simple carbs be avoided, as well as processed foods and MSG, but the same could be said for the rest of us. The key is to eat a balanced diet, full of fresh and healthy foods and be aware of how you are feeling after each meal. Keeping a journal can help you figure out if there are specific foods that worsen your fibromyalgia symptoms.
There is still a lot to learn about fibromyalgia, its causes and how to manage its often devastating symptoms. The condition can affect the quality of life of those afflicted, impact relationships and even remove the sufferer’s ability to work. While there is no cure, there is now more research being done than ever to figure out ways to manage and treat both the mental and physical symptoms that this mysterious condition can cause.