Hi, Everyone! I bet you were surprised to see this thread pop up! Well, I spent the weekend trying to figure out how to handle the food discussions. We have several members who are convinced that what they do helps their fibro. For most of us, food does not affect us unless we have digestive problems or food intolerances or allergies. There are sites like the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins that say that diet does not influence fibro and I will post those again here. But yet several members want to discuss food so this is the spot to do it.
You can post on this one thread and when it gets to around four pages, I will lock it and start a new thread with the same title. Our administrator doesn't want threads with a lot of pages. The only time we have that is when I have my virtual party in the winter and then I delete the whole thing in a day or two after the "party".
This was the best solution that I could think of and I did pass this by Debbie and Karen and they thought this was a good solution, also. This way we are still keeping the forum specifically for newbies, fibro support and questions and not be inundated with threads like what happened a few months ago. Quite a few members were very upset with that, too, and thought we were becoming a food forum so this seemed like a reasonable solution. I do hope this will solve the problem and everyone will be happy. It's the best I could do.
I now want to explain to any new members as to why the diet and food discussions need to be on this one thread. We had a problem a while back where food became the main topic on this forum. One would say don't eat gluten, another no lactose, another the Paleo diet, another a different diet. I have even see where people say don't eat fruit! The threads kept coming and food was discussed a lot...but not fibromyalgia!
Because of all the food posts, newbies were not greeted and their introductory posts were shoved to the bottom of the page because of the food threads being posted. Other members with fibromyalgia questions were not answered and I was receiving email from long time members saying they were not coming to the forum because all we talked about was food.
Actually, there is no proof that food influences fibro. Everyone is different and if you have noticed that a food affects the way you feel, you shouldn't eat it. The majority of us can eat just about anything but there are members that are gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant, have sensitivities to some foods, have digestive disturbances that can cause problems, etc. I, for example, can't eat MSG. I can't eat fiber and some raw fruits and vegetables but that's because I have Crohn's disease. If I don't eat well, I will feel bad all over. It's kind of like your car. If you put good gasoline in it, it will run properly but, if you put water in the gas tank, that baby will not start!
Since we are all different as to what affects us, I suggest you keep a food journal and record what you eat and how you feel several hours later. This way, you can pinpoint what foods affect YOU, if any. I can eat just about anything and it doesn't bother me. The things I know that do bother me I eliminate them from my diet. What bothers me probably doesn't bother 95% of the members on this forum. I'm sure you will get more ideas on this thread if you believe that food is affecting your fibromyalgia pain.
We do have a link in Fibro 101 that has a journal in it. You can print that out and use that if you are having food issues. If you want to discuss diets and possibly have IBS, we have an IBS forum that discusses diets that help them. The celiac disease forum is another good one. We also have an allergy forum.
Here are a few links that show that food isn't considered a main issue with fibro. Hope this helps all understand where we are coming from.
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7