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Posted Dec 07 2010 5:05pm

I have just read that certain foods may effect the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Obviously any headline like that would attract my attention but the list has shocked me more than the headline.

Some of the foods they tell you to avoid are Aspartame (Nutra Sweet) which they say foods sweetened with this could exacerbate Fibromyalgia symptoms. It is something to do with our pain receptors which can be stimulated by taking Aspartame. However, other artificial sweeteners such as Splenda, saccharin and stevia do no appear to have the same affect as aspartame.

Food additives including MSG (monosodium glutamate) and nitrates are also to be avoided as these additives or flavour enhancers, which you find in processed and frozen foods can cause a flare up in Fibromyalgia symptoms.

Sugar, fructose and simple carbohydrates will not actually make any difference to your Fibromyalgia but it can reduce symptoms of chronic yeast infections.

Caffeine including coffee, tea, colas and chocolate should be avoided as they they think it is considered a stimulant and many Fibromyalgia sufferers will find that the false surge of energy you get from these is actually false and can quickly exacerbate fatigue.

Yeast and gluten are another two foods they think you should avoid which you can find in bread and cakes. Again yeast can overgrow through eating these which can cause joint and muscle pain. Gluten is associated with fatigue in sufferers of Fibromyalgia.

Dairy of any type, be it low or full fat they say can actually turn a patients health around !!!

Nightshade plants like tomatoes, chillies, peppers, potatoes and egg plants should be avoided as these can trigger flare ups of various types of arthritis including Fibromyalgia.

When I looked through the above list it was like reading the diet my daughter is on for her IBS so there has to be a link there somewhere.

I also noted that nightshade plants are to be avoided 'as they can trigger flare ups of various types of arthritis like Fibromyalgia', so do this mean that Fibromyalgia is classed as one of the many arthritic conditions and not something that is 'all in your head'.

I must admit I would struggle cutting out a lot of the above as it's basically everything I eat although I did stop aspartame a long time ago.

I think if I tried to cut out all of the above I would be a very miserable Fibromyalgia sufferer and although I agree with some of the statements like the food additives, my diet has been the same for most of my life and I certainly haven't had Fibromyalgia all of my life.

I suppose the way to do it is to cut out one at a time and be without it for at least 12 weeks (that's what the IBS diet sheet says) and see if there is any difference then repeat the process cutting out something else on the list.

This is going to have to be one of my new year resolutions !!!!!

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