Hey everyone, I'm new here.

What do you think?
Wow, this could actually work. - 20.0%
I'm not sure, can't hurt to try though. - 40.0%
There's no way. - 40.0%
Maybe it will work, but it's not worth trying. - 0.0%

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 2/26/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, it's been quite some time since I've been on a fibro forum.  Diagnosed at age 14.  I am now in college and thankfully my fibro has subsided some.  I just figured something out today that I have to share with other fibromites (hence, the return to the forums).  I have been trying different things over the years to figure out the cause of fibro (please keep reading, this isn't spam, I'm not asking you to buy anything, and I'm not putting any links for you to buy anything, just trying to spread the word).  I think I might have figured it out this time, I've been doing research and testing it out on myself (promise) to see what happens.
I've realised that raw tomatos make me sick, really really sick, and eveytime I eat anything with a large amount of tomatos or potatoes (a serving or more, even processed i.e. ketchup), I have a flare-up the next day.  Also, doing research I found out if you are allergic to tomatos you are probably also allergic to potatos, tobacco, and eggplant (they have the same protiens).  There is also some evidence to show that fibromyalgia COULD be caused by a delayed allergic reaction to "something". 
So I am eliminating all tomato, potato, and eggplant (not that I eat much of THAT) from my diet and I'm quiting smoking.  This is only my first day and I dont see much of a difference, however, because it's a delayed reaction it will probably take some time to get it out of my system.  I DO realize that fibromyalgia doesnt fit with the normal tomato allergic reactions, but doctors don't know everything (how many of you were diagnosed, mis-diagnosed, re-diagnosed, ect.)  If anyone else wants to give it a try, leave a reply, I would really like to know how it's going.  If a large part of people that give this a try see a significant improvement I am going to talk with someone that can help me start some trials so we can find out if this could actually be the cause of fibromyalgia.  If anyone has any questions about this or how I came to this conclusion, let me know.
~ Most allergic reactions are developed later in life.
~ Some allergic reactions produce the exact same symptoms of fibromyalgia.
~ I am NOT a doctor, just an average fibromite using comon sense with a desire to get rid of this PAIN.  I might be wrong, but it's worth a shot.
~ To the mod: Please don't delete this post, it took me a long time to type, I'm a real person and this is the only forum I have EVER posted this in.  This is BRAIN food.  :-)
Good luck to everyone,
I will figure this thing out.

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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 2/26/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
We wouldn't think of deleting a post from a newbie who is just trying to help out. Me, personally, I've had symptoms of fibro for my entire life, and from the research I've looked into it may be either a retro virus or there is some research indicating that it may be a micro bacteria that hides INSIDE our white blood cells. This would make it as hard to fix as AIDS since it's almost impossible to find a way to defeat the little bug. I take Malic Acid to help with my energy levels and basically just live with most of the pain.

Anyway, welcome to HW. We may not have all the answers but we enjoy sharing ideas.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 41827
   Posted 2/26/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   

If it is a retro virus, does that mean it could be contagious? Seems like more and more people are getting it around me. But I never thought of it as being contagious. What is a retro virus?

I take the malic acid supplements and they really do help. Also vitamin D3. Between the two I have had an increase in energy and a better all around feeling.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

Veteran Member

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 532
   Posted 2/27/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome , the Vitamin D has also helped me and also take a Bcomplex and the Malic Acid. It does seem to help
I dont eat alot of tomatoes or potatoes. I just dont care for them.
I am a carb addict though. I have never meet a bread I dont like..

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9657
   Posted 2/27/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, as allergies and asthma are Auto immune disease that's pretty much the link,
Although there is a website out there that actually links Fibro with Chronic Fatigue..
Usually an allergic reactions have no pain, except when it goes into anaphlaxsis shock,
and Fibro is pain, so it could be the allergic reaction triggered the Fibro, Still so much
reaseach is needed on Fibro, lets hope someday someone can figure this out...
Soft Hugz to you....
Keep us posted....
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, Enlarged Pituitary Gland
******** "We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world" from Helen Keller *********


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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17497
   Posted 2/27/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome!  I have eaten tomatoes and potatoes all of my life and I have them frequently...especially potatoes....my favorite vegetable.  If anything, I'm comforted by these foods.  They have never made me sick or caused a flare.  Stress, barometric pressure changes, and overdoing are what causes most of my flares.  But, you could have an allergy to these foods and that could affect you.  I hope it works for you.
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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