Fibromyalgia & Gluten-Free – Wednesday Wisdom

In clearing out a stack of papers, I came across a 2-page document entitled “Best and Worst Foods for Fibromyalgia Pain” posted by the NSPC Team. It is a document in my possession for decades; you guessed it, I have diagnosed Fibromyalgia Pain.

The NSPC is the National Spine and Pain Centers (NSPC) who is a healthcare brand of 120 locations with 750 medical professionals. These physicians are experts in pain management using a range of non-surgical treatment options.

I was reading it over quickly to decide whether to keep or trash. I have not looked over this paper in years. It starts with recommending a few adjustments to your diet which can make a big difference in controlling the fibromyalgia symptoms.

Of note was Avoid Foods Labeled ‘Gluten Free’. “Foods labeled ‘gluten free’ can be tricky. These frequently include gluten-free substitutes that shoot blood-sugar up. Common ‘gluten free’ substitutes are starchy flours such as potato flour and tapioca flour. It’s not that these are necessarily bad, but your body may react to them with unpleasant digestive symptoms.

Further on the page is Avoid Gluten & Yeast. “Gluten intolerance frequently accompanies other fibromyalgia issues. It is also frequently associated with fatigue in patients with fibromyalgia.“

In hindsight, I wish I had understood ‘gluten’ when initially experiencing fibromyalgia pain. Now with the elimination of gluten in my diet, my fibromyalgia pain has been greatly reduced. Hooray!

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