I felt seriously awful for a few years – unexplained muscle pain, fatigue, depression, just a general sense of not being well. Doctors could not figure it out even with a battery of tests and all sorts of blood work
It took a while, but I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Where to go from here? My doctor let me know that there were medications available, but from his experience a lot of people got better by simply altering their eating habits and lifestyle.
I had a sneaking suspicion that my Fibromyalgia was strongly linked to what I was eating. I started cutting known allergens from my diet such as wheat, gluten, caffeine, dairy, potatoes, and corn.
It didn’t happen overnight, but I slowly began feeling better with my new diet. I later had a food allergy test done which confirmed most of my suspicions and allowed me to further tweak the foods I was eating.
My doctor also wanted to make sure that I was exercising regularly. It didn’t matter what I was doing and it didn’t need to be very intense, it just had to be daily or almost daily. To get the body into a healthy routine and use it every day as it was designed.
My next step was to deal with sleep. Fibromyalgia is definitely related to fatigue and if you are not sleeping properly you will not get better. I had already eliminated caffeine as a possible allergen and this also helped me fall asleep easier at night.
Pharmaceutical companies will want you to believe that you need medicine to get better. This is not true, at least not in my case. I took no drugs…
I believe fibromyalgia was a wake up sign being sent by my body that some major changes were in order if I wanted to feel good again. It seems too simple to work, but it did and I am living proof. Sure I still have some bad days and my lifestyle/food changes will probably have to be for the rest of my life, but I feel so much better after having implemented these changes:
Four Steps to Cure Your Fibromyalgia
- Cut out all primary known food allergens (wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, caffeine, potatoes) – these do nothing positive for your body anyways and I found my biggest gains with this step
- Get a food allergy test done and cut everything else that you have an intolerance for. Yes I know what are you going to eat? I eat vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and seeds
- Exercise daily – it does not need to be intense, just enough to get your body moving for at least 15 minutes
- Go to bed earlier, cut out caffeine and make sure getting a good night sleep is a priority
There are a few further steps to really tighten up your new anti fibromyalgia lifestyle, but I will save these for a further post after you have mastered the first four!