Archive for April, 2007

Recognizing The Early Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Posted in Health & Fitness on April 23rd, 2007

Fibromyalgia is hard to diagnose as the early symptoms of Fibromyalgia can be masked as other conditions. Someone who thinks they may have it might have to go to many different doctors to find one who does not think the symptoms they are having are ‘all in their head.’ This can make the whole diagnosis process extremely frustrating.

If you suspect you might have Fibromyalgia you should document everything you feel and everything that happens to your body. This might help a doctor diagnose you more quickly. However, because many of the early symptoms of Fibromyalgia can be mistaken for something else, it can be hard to figure out what is going on.

Pain:  This is something that happens most noticeably in the neck and shoulders first, but a person with this pain might simply think they have strained or pulled something. The pain tends to be more pronounced in the joints, but radiates into the muscles. These areas will feel very tender when pressed. In some cases, the pain will shoot down the back and the arms.

Stiffness: This is something that happens in any of the joints of the body. It feels a little like arthritis, but when you first experience it, you might think you are far too young to be having problems such as these. You may notice the stiffness in the morning when you wake up or when the weather changes. This might also be accompanied by a burning sensation near the joints.

Headaches: People with Fibromyalgia will notice they get more and more headaches that vary in degree and intensity. These headaches might be the tension variety that radiate into the neck and shoulders, or the more debilitating migraine variety.

Fatigue: This is also an early symptom that a person might brush off as something else. We all feel tired now and again, but someone with Fibromyalgia will notice they feel tired every single day no matter how much sleep they are getting. This fatigue may also be accompanied by ‘brain fog’, or feelings of depression that happen more frequently.

Horrible Sleep Patterns: Those with this condition will notice early on that they are having problems with their sleeping each night. Some have insomnia, and others wake frequently throughout the night. Some have both problems. Someone might also notice that they have Restless Leg Syndrome as well. All of these sleep problems are a common link to all those with this condition.

There are also a variety of other symptoms that may or may not be apparent in the early stages of this condition. Some of the other early symptoms of Fibromyalgia are not common for everyone, but many will have at least some of them. These can be frequent urination, painful menstrual cycles, problems with bowel movements (irritable bowel syndrome), and some might have problems with rashes and other skin problems.

If you have any of the more common early symptoms of Fibromyalgia, along with some of the secondary ones, you should find a doctor to help you sort through what you are feeling to see if you might have Fibromyalgia or if something else might be going on.

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10 Tips for Your Fibromyalgia Diet

Posted in Health & Fitness on April 13th, 2007

Though there are really no proven Fibromyalgia diet, there are some steps you can take to help you feel better, and to help balance areas that might be out of whack in the body. These dietary changes certainly won’t cure this condition, but a person who take the time to modify their diet somewhat, and watches what they are eating (and what they are not eating) might find some relief. You should talk to your doctor about your diet and any plans you might have for modification. Here are ten handy tips to help you get started.

Watch your sugar intake. Those who cut down or eliminate sugars altogether often feel better. Don’t forget about the less obvious sources of sugar like high fructose corn syrup, which is the most troubling of all sugars, and is found in many sodas and some juices. If you drink juice, make sure it is 100% natural.

Limit caffeine. Though you may be feeling tired and think a jolt of caffeine will help you might be making your sleep issues worse. If you must have some, have it in the morning only, and have only a cup or two of coffee. Caffeine will exaggerate your sleeping difficulties, so watch for caffeine in any form and in things like chocolate and medications, especially when taken later in the day.

Got food allergies?  If you are allergic to any type of food, you should eliminate it completely from your diet. One common problem is lactose intolerance. If this is a problem, you have to stop drinking milk and having milk products. Ask your doctor how to supplement vitamin D and calcium if this is something you must do. You need both of these nutrients for a healthy body.

Balance your meals.  Though carbs will give you a burst of energy, they should not make up the majority of your eating plan. It is recommended that you have equal amounts of proteins and carbs each meal.

Eat smaller and more frequent meals. You may find that eating a smaller meal will help you feel better, and adding healthy snacks in between can help hold off hunger. Think of it as having five or six small meals a day rather than three large ones. This might help eliminate fatigue in some people.

Avoid preservatives. This is a tough one, but it can be done. You should avoid foods that have preservatives as they can be like toxins to the body. Instead, opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats for the main staples of your diet. Don’t forget about dairy if it is okay for you to have it.

Stop drinking. Alcohol can make sleep patterns worse, and also harm the liver. Many think they sleep more heavily when they are drunk, but in reality, it is not the deep, restful sleep that someone with Fibromyalgia needs.

Ask about vitamin supplements.  A lot of Fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t getting the vitamins they need. Vitamins are helpful to almost anyone, and they are a great way to make sure your body is running at it’s optimum. There may be reasons why your doctor does not want you to take them though, so be sure to talk with them about this first.

Be wary of artificial sweeteners.  These can have the same toxic affect on the body as preservatives. Eliminate them if you can.

Avoid glutamates. These are something that are found in the red tomato, some potatoes, and certain peppers. They may not be a problem for you, but they can cause problems with muscle pains in some. If you eliminate these from your Fibromyalgia diet, you may find muscle pain diminishes.

Try keeping a food diary for a month and note down what you eat and how you feel. If you notice any patterns regarding certain foods and worsening symptoms work to eliminate that food from your Fibromyalgia diet.

Grab your free copy of Jane Thompson’s brand new Fibromyalgia Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you find out about fibromyalgia treatment and for information on fibromyalgia pain relief please visit Natural Cure to Fibromyalgia.