Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)
Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder characterised by chronic muscular pain (tender points) that have no obvious physical cause. As yet, there are no tests to diagnose FMS with complete certainty and it is often misdiagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease. It is much more common in females than males, often beginning in young adulthood.
Symptoms may be triggered by a number of different factors including: over-exertion, stress, lack of exercise, depression, lack of sleep, grief, trauma, extremes of temperature and/or humidity and infectious illness.
- Eat a well-balanced diet to include fresh fruit and vegetables – including ‘live’ juices, wholegrains, nuts and seeds. Important nutrients that renew energy and build immunity.
- Pomegranates and/or pomegranate juice if packed full of anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants.
- Avoid high purine foods (those containing high levels of uric acid) e.g. red meat (especially organ meat such as liver), certain fish (especially shell fish) and yeast.
- Avoid foods from the nightshade family e.g. bell-peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes and aubergine.
- Try and limit consumption of stimulants e.g. caffeine, alcohol and also sugar
- Following a moderate exercise programme (government guidelines recommend 5 x 30 minutes of moderate pulse raising exercise weekly).
- Aim to get sufficient rest – approximately 8 hours of sleep per night (where possible)
- Soaking in a hot bath or steam rooms and saunas may help to relax muscles. (Add 2 cups of Epsom bath salts [containing magnesium – known as nature’s tranquilizer] to hot bath water and soak for 20-minutes twice a week).
It is always advised to consult a medical practitioner prior to embarking on any supplement programme. Supplements that may impact positively on the symptoms of FMS include:
- Beneficial bacteria
- B Vitamin complex
- Vitamin C
- Fish-oil supplement (containing EPA/DHA)
- Multivitamin and mineral complex
Contact Emma our nutrition advisor for a free initial assessment: https://woburn-osteopaths.cliniko.com/bookings#service.