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   Posted 1/8/2009 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,

Perhaps you have thoroughly discussed diet and its affects on fibro but for those of us newer to this could we have the discussion.

I have talked with my rheumy and neuro doctors and neither feels diet is a major factor. But I am not so convinced. I have read about nightshade foods and their possible damaging properties. We all know sugar is bad in all forms. Have any of you found absolute no-nos that you cannot tolerate OR things that make it worse?

I have never smoked in my life but do enjoy a glass of wine at night. Now to be honest on the weekend I may have 2 glasses. Any input on this??? It turns to sugar in the body so just wondering. Again Dr. says no need to worry!!!!!

Please share what you have learned b/c we are the true sources. You people have been a life line.

Now I don't want tooooo much info from the party goers at Sherrines last night!!:)

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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 1/8/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Patsie,

I can eat just about anything. Never noticed anything other than occasional gas. The nightshade food problems are for people who have arthritis, which I do not. Sorry, I cannot help you but I am sure others will.


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   Posted 1/8/2009 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Patsie, I have never noticed any change when I limit certain foods.  I have gone for no wheat, no suger, no calorie (ok, that was a diet) no dairy, eaten mostly fruit & veggies, etc.  For me no change at all.  I even stuck to them for months at a time thinking I would find a miracle.  Nope!!!  not for me.  sad   I do believe that some people do find relief when they remove certain foods from their diets.  As we have all seen, we are different as night & day regarding what works for each of us & what doesn't.  So, I think I have left you with the same question you started with.   rolleyes   LOL  Sorry, there are no easy answers.   Hugs, Denise

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   Posted 1/9/2009 1:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I find that to much sugar makes things alot worse.   suse2z

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   Posted 1/9/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never changed my diet. I do need to get off the sugar but I crave it so much cause of the anti-depressants I take. During those brief times I have managed to go without sugar I do seem to have more energy, but they are very brief.
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   Posted 1/9/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I was recommended to go on a high protien diet. I love my fruits and vegetables. Especially raw. I am trying to eat more protien, and avoid carbs, but it is so hard. I do feel better on less carbs, but I too crave them. Exercise seems to help me the most. I do a lot of walking when I can.

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   Posted 1/9/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I have eliminated sugar, coffee and gluten, been "fairly" strict for the past 1-1/2 years...the coffee haven't touched at all, decaf or regular, but the gluten, I have gone back to on occasion. Has it made a differnce? Yes, but not a huge one. I use to get a lot of burning pain, which I was told was an inflammatory process, from those foods mentioned, and I do not get much of that any more. BUT, the rest is still with me...muscle, tendon, ligament pain, fatigue, fibro fog, all still there.

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   Posted 1/9/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Patsie, I do not think diet is a major factor in Fibro, but it does matter somewhat: I mean eating junk foods and whatnot are bad for anybody; coffee can't be good for Fibro!! And I have heard also to eat raw foods. I eat a lot of salads.
I, myself, am I strict vegetarian... so I eat a lot of fruits and veggies! Does any of the food HELP my Fibro.. I'm not sure confused   I'm pretty sure the salads are good to eat though (especially with cucumbers, from what I've read and heard)
And I stay away from chocolate, all caffeines, alcohol (though I used to like my wine also - I don't drink a drop of anything anymore), and carbonated stuff like sodas. I am very strict about what I eat and drink actually, not even so much from the Fibro - it's just the kind of person I am I guess.
Good topic though.
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   Posted 1/9/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know at this point if I'm right or not, but as part of my New Year's resolution to get healthier and lose some weight, I have stopped drinking soda cold turkey. I mean, zero, and I was drinking at least a couple cans of soda a day, sometimes up to a 2-liter bottle myself. Since I stopped on January 2, not only have I lost 5 pounds, but over the last week or so my pain has all but faded to a distant memory. I realize my pain is not nearly as severe as most sufferers, but this is big for me. I drink only water, and sometimes 2% milk, but nothing else. And I try to avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup, if I can. I don't know if there's any correlation between the pain and those things, but it's a nice coincidence that I stopped soda and the pain went away. If that works, I'll never touch a soda again and will diligently check every label at the grocery store.
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   Posted 1/9/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
that is so interesting, Shannon...did you drink regular soda or diet? I drink a lot of diet soda, Diet Rite, because it has Splenda, which I've read is better than the other artificial sweeteners, but who knows?

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   Posted 1/9/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shannon,

Oh I would also like to know if this is diet soda. The old mantra we are what we eat just sticks with me. I do admit being new to this I am still in that searching every possible link to find a possible cause. I will say watching my sugar is making a big difference. I too am not as bad as many I read about, subjectively speaking. I have begun the malic acid regimen too so perhaps that is helping.

We have to keep searching right?


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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   

I have been sugar free since December 26th.  I know that sugar has a negative effect on my fibro, I immediately crash and fog.  I can't think straight and I don't need much to cause this.  Long before I even heard the word fibro I knew that something was wrong when I consumed sugar.  I remember asking the doctor about it and he just said it happens to everyone.  To some point I'm sure he is right but my symptoms are severe.  So sugar is a definite no-no for me but I suspect that there are other foods that I need to identify.  Being food sensitive I think goes along with the other sensitivities that fibro is linked to.  I am hypersensitive in all of my senses so to me it doesn't suprise me that foods bother me.  We know our bodies best, if you suspect something is not right, then experiement and see if it makes a difference.

I have also given up pop (diet pop) because the artificial sweetner gives me a horrible stomach ache and makes me crave sugar; I don't understand why but I'm trying to avoid sweetner as well.

This is all very difficult for me but I just want to feel better, feel a little more normal.
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