How Diet and Nutrition Can Impact Fibromyalgia Pain

Are you diagnosed with fibromyalgia? How do you deal with the flare-ups? Have you ever felt like your pain is all-consuming? Do you feel like you can't do the things you used to enjoy because of your pain? Is connecting with friends and family now difficult because you often feel misunderstood? Do you feel like you're the only one who understands the fibromyalgia pain you're going through? 

What symptoms do you often experience? Do you notice fibromyalgia back pain, sleep problems, pain, and stiffness all over the body? How about fibromyalgia nerve pain? Do you know what triggers your flare-ups? How do you cope with your condition now? 

Fibromyalgia pain affects about 4 million US adults. People living with this chronic condition report widespread pain throughout the body, fatigue, sleep problems, and cognitive difficulties. There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but different methods can help you manage your symptoms to cope better and live comfortably.

One of the things that you can do to help manage your pain is to pay attention to your diet and nutrition. Certain foods can help reduce pain and triggers, while others can worsen your symptoms.

Diet and Fibromyalgia Pain: The Connection Explained

You can support your fibromyalgia care with foods and nutrients that can help ease your symptoms, such as:

  1. Anti-inflammatory foods

These foods are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, that can help reduce inflammation and pain. Anti-inflammatory foods are generally considered beneficial for overall health. 

  1. Magnesium

This mineral plays several essential roles in the body, including muscle function, nerve function, and bone health. Some people with fibromyalgia have reported experiencing improvements in their symptoms when they increase their magnesium intake. Some foods high in magnesium include include leafy greens, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, and dark chocolate.

  1. Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce oxidative stress, which can influence fibromyalgia pain and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). You can get omega-3 fatty acids from fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, canola oil, and algal oil. At the same time, some animal products from grass-fed sources and fortified foods also contain omega-3s.

  1. Lean Proteins

These can help with muscle repair and maintenance, support muscle health, and may help alleviate fibromyalgia back pain and other symptoms. Make sure you go for lean protein sources, such as poultry, lean cuts of meat, fish, tofu, and legumes. 

  1. Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates, like whole grains and legumes, gradually release glucose into the bloodstream, leading to more stable blood sugar levels. This can help prevent energy crashes and mood swings, common among people with fibromyalgia.

  1. Fiber-Rich Foods

Fiber helps with digestive health, and some people with fibromyalgia pain experience gastrointestinal symptoms. For adequate fiber intake, incorporate whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Fiber-rich foods can also make you feel full and satisfied, reducing the temptation to overeat or consume unhealthy snacks.

You may find it beneficial to avoid highly processed foods, sugary snacks, and excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, as these dietary choices can contribute to inflammation, energy fluctuations, and disrupted sleep patterns, which may worsen your symptoms.

How Upper Cervical Misalignment Can Impact Fibromyalgia Back Pain 

Upper cervical misalignment can interfere with the function of the brainstem and nervous system. The brainstem is a vital part of the nervous system that controls many essential functions, including pain perception. When the brainstem is not functioning correctly, it can lead to increased fibromyalgia pain sensitivity. In addition, upper cervical misalignment can also cause distortions in the pain messages that are sent to the brain. This can make fibromyalgia pain feel more intense and widespread.

In addition to improvements in your diet and nutrition, Upper Cervical Care can also be a helpful way to manage your condition. This method is gentle and non-invasive and can help correct upper cervical misalignment and improve the function of the brainstem and nervous system. This can help reduce sensitivity to various stimuli and improve recovery. If you're experiencing fibromyalgia symptoms, consider consulting with an Upper Cervical Chiropractor to explore how this approach may benefit you.

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