I am a believer in low carb, low glycemic for FM although I can honestly say that I am not always good and find myself cheating on high carb items and when I do, I know I did, I end up with fatigue and muscle pain. Cane sugar is a huge one for me, along with caffeine and gluten, although I don't think I have celiac.
There is some wonderful information in Dr Jacob Teitelbaum's book, "From Fatigue to Fantastic"...he was diagnosed with FM as a medical student and has spent his professional years caring for people with FM. He has a more natural approach, using supplements, but does recommend prescript
ion medication too.
I have been following his advice now for over six months and honestly, my FM is not gone, but I do think I am managing it better. If only I could completely eliminate the cane sugar and gluten! I believe it is an emotional thing with me, when I am sad, depressed, angry, happy, whatever! I what to turn to things with gluten and sugar in them...what can I say? I wish I could be perfect, but I am not and I always know when I've had something I should not eat...I feel it in my muscles and fatigue.
I wish someone could get me to pace myself too. I am completely aware that I should not overdo, that I will pay for it in spades for days after and yet, when I have a good day, I ALWAYS end up overdoing. I was diagnosed 20 years ago with FM, you'd think I'd have the sense by now and yet, I do not. Just yesterday, I took a 45 minute walk, vacuumed and washed several floors in my house, worked 6 hours and had three play times with my dogs. Of course, that is in addition to throwing in a couple of loads of laundry, cooking dinner and cleaning up, etc. And then I wonder why I feel so lousy today.....duh!!! : )
Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, microdiskectomy C5/C6, bulging disks L3/L4, compressed nerve L5/S1, disc compression L5/S1, IBS, hypothyroidism (now FINALLY well controlled) Also angioplasty, and angiogram, high bp, well controlled, high chol, now normal, well controlled