Fibromyalgia Medication and treatment

Posted by Sundance(RB) @sundance6, Jun 1, 2019

I have been on the Mayo Connect for over six months. My symptoms point to the umbrella of things, Lyme disease, West Nile, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, and Chronice Fatigue. I have seen every doctor in my hospital system. Had every test and scans done. JUST MADE MORE $$ FOR THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM!
Yesterday I finally went to a Rheumatologist for a consultation on a blood test. When I expalined what I had been going through the last ten months he finally gave me a diagnoses. (First one after 10 months and 10 doctors.)There is a small chance I may have Lyme Disease, but to late to tell. He said he was sure it is Fibromyalgia. He said I should have been directed to him when it first started. (Again as many of you agree they put you through unecessay test and perscribe pills to make $$ for the industry.
So now that I fianally have some direction to move, I need some advice, information, what helps, what causes it and such. He said he feels mine is in the area of sleep. Does this make sense to anyone? He is sending me to a sleep clinic for evaluation.
I know I have seen many postings about Fibromyalgia, but I guess it is the “Fibro Fog” that dosen’t remember all.
Can someone lend me some advice.
I had been on Gabretentian but the side effects were worse than my pain! We are tryng Cymbalta. Can anyone let me know how it has worked for them. Anything to watch for?
As always this site is the Best! People are so honest and open about helping.
Thanks,
Sundance
🙂

@sundance6

Thanks Ginger! Sounds like our symptoms are very similiar. The last blood test showed up in an autoimune condition that they are researching now. Interesting you bring up the streching and Tai Chi. That is what the Rheumotoligist reconmended Friday. He said Tai Chi or Yoga. Can anyone chirp in if they have tried both and which works for them. We're all different! Being a senior, my YMCA has the Silver Sneakers program that I am going to look into this week. Funny thing is I don't want to embarass myself in front of others! Does that give you a clue of deep issues I have! LOL!

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I am 71. I have had fibromyalgia since the 80s. I also have Raynaud’s, Sjogren’s, and Sicca Syndromes as well as unnamed auto immune diseases. When the fibromyalgia is bad, nothing seems to help except perhaps a warm bath. Due to GERD issues I can’t take most pain meds.

For the last 2 and a half years I have been going to yoga, tai ch, Strong Bodies class, walking, zumba gold, and trying to play pickle ball when I feel up to it. The more physical activities I do, the better I feel. I had to quit tai chi after a while because my balance is very poor and I could not do it. The yoga in particular has been good medicine.

My fibromyalgia comes in waves. Several weeks of feeling almost “normal “, and then the chest, shoulders, neck, and back start to ache. (Headaches as well) The pain usually peaks after 2 to 4 weeks and then suddenly subsided just when I think I’ll never feel well again. It’s a cycle I’ve begun to recognize . I’ve also learned that staying positive, staying busy, and doing things for others really help. Otherwise fibromyalgia can be too depressing.

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@tazscott

Is Tai chi expensive to take ?

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@capausz I do Two Chi at home on you tube there are a lot of videos check them out

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@capausz

@tazscott, at my local community center, I pay $3 per session, and I pay $5 per session at my local health wellness center. Each class is typically 50 to 60 minutes in duration. I find two classes a week works well for me.

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Well,that is cheap enough. My pain therphist at mayo recommended it.

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@elmay

I am 71. I have had fibromyalgia since the 80s. I also have Raynaud’s, Sjogren’s, and Sicca Syndromes as well as unnamed auto immune diseases. When the fibromyalgia is bad, nothing seems to help except perhaps a warm bath. Due to GERD issues I can’t take most pain meds.

For the last 2 and a half years I have been going to yoga, tai ch, Strong Bodies class, walking, zumba gold, and trying to play pickle ball when I feel up to it. The more physical activities I do, the better I feel. I had to quit tai chi after a while because my balance is very poor and I could not do it. The yoga in particular has been good medicine.

My fibromyalgia comes in waves. Several weeks of feeling almost “normal “, and then the chest, shoulders, neck, and back start to ache. (Headaches as well) The pain usually peaks after 2 to 4 weeks and then suddenly subsided just when I think I’ll never feel well again. It’s a cycle I’ve begun to recognize . I’ve also learned that staying positive, staying busy, and doing things for others really help. Otherwise fibromyalgia can be too depressing.

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Have you tried narcotics patches instead of pills. I'm missing 3/4 of my stomach and upper small intestines. So I don't take pills. Don't absorb, goes through way to fast. You only have to put a new patch on every 7 days

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@lioness

@capausz I do Two Chi at home on you tube there are a lot of videos check them out

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Is it easy to get the hang of it ?

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@capausz

@sundance6, I have taken both Chair Yoga (which does not require getting on the floor [two TKR] and getting up), as well as Tai Chi. Both are wonderful in terms of stretching , flexibility, and balance. Both give you an incredible workout. Make sure you find an instructor that will allow you to work at your own pace and ability. We are all in different spots on the path to wellness.

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Thanks for the info! It is a must to let them know! I know I did some work in my yard today and how it affected me. Reseted for a bit then did a little more. Pretty tired tonight.
Thanks,
Sundance

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@sandytoes14

@lioness I dread taking Prednisone. The side effects are sometimes worse than the symptoms. Because I had RNY gastric bypass the absorption is so different on all my meds.

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Most doctors don’t understand RNY Gastric Bypass and prescribing Prednisone. I’ve had doctors prescribe 40mg and I’ve told them I cannot take that much bcuz of my GB. If they aren’t in the business of GB then they really don’t understand.
I had a Pulmonary doctor who was recommended to me by a GB Surgeon tell me that I would still be able to take prednisone but in extremely low doses.
Until about a year ago I would get pneumonia quite often and would take 5mg of whatever mg they gave me by cutting it into segments.
About a year ago I began taking very high quality plant only vitamins without preservatives and in only vegan capsules.
In that year I haven’t had not one pneumonia, upper respiratory infection, barely a cold.
What’s more I’m a Lyft Driver so I have people in and out of my car all the time, drunk, people with colds sitting next to me in the front seat, etc!!!
I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for 22 years now and my GB did me a great favor towards my Fibromyalgia.
My GB was in 2/2012 to save my life as I only had 17% lung capacity. In 4/2015 I lost my Sister, my best friend forever besides my loving Husband. I’m a stress eater and while caring for her and after her passing I had gained a total of 85 lbs. I also had chronic diarrhea every day after anything I ate, good for me or bad.
I went to a metropolitan city as our town was big but extremely rural. It was just our town and nothing really anywhere around it. Doctors didn’t want to practice there or move their and the Gastrointestinal doctors just were subpar.
I sought out a good Gastrointestinal Clinic and his advice to me was to stop consuming Gluten, Lactose and to avoid ALL Preservatives. That was 8/2017.
ONE year later, I’d lost the entire 85 lbs plus a tad more. But the BEST part was that my Fibromyalgia doesn’t flare up unless I eat Gluten, Lactose and/or Preservatives. The Gluten & Preservatives give me migraines, make me hurt terribly ALL over the place. BUT, when I follow this strict way of eating, my body loves me dearly.
Also, what they say about STAYING ACTIVE is absolutely the truth I kid you not!!
So with a great high protein (meats and pure plant protein powder for shakes, an abundance of fruits, vegetables and obviously NO Gluten, Lactose or Preservatives), my fibromyalgia body thrives!!!
Some say, don’t you miss cheese and milk, absolutely NOT AT ALL!! When we got the news about what NOT to eat, I began to look for alternatives and my loving Husband jumped in and said… “I’ll eat what you eat and that’ll help both of us”!!!
Yes I know that I’m extremely blessed to have a Husband that’s willing to explore anything I eat.
So, I found Vegan blogs that make cheese sauces, my Sisters most favorite Mac ‘n Cheese. She was NEVER willing to try anything that looked “funky” but this looked so much like a real cheese sauce and even tasted better. I know that some of y’all won’t believe me, but it’s so true. I’ve made so many vegetarian dishes and sides that one would never know that it was not the “real” thing but so much better tasting and so good for your body. YES, I still eat meat, but only humanely raised beef, chicken, pork, turkey, and fish. Yes, to ever vegetarian or vegan out there… I know they still kill & butcher them, but that’s how people survived millions of years ago. By eating, fruits, vegetables and whatever they could catch and kill.
I don’t eat anything with Preservatives and when I eat out with family at places like Chili’s and Applebee’s like I did while visiting family and insisted on eating at those places I get very sick. This is what happened over Memorial Day weekend… After church on Sunday the family decided on Chili’s. It doesn’t really matter what I get there or similar places like Monday night at Applebee’s.
1) I can’t sleep even with my prescribed sleeping meds or I have to dbl it to 100mg and I’m in a fog for a day or two, much like a huge hangover.
2) I ache all over every muscle and every joint.
3) I get a HUGE migraine that will last for days if not a week or more.
4) I first get terrible constipation and when I drink hot coffee I get severe diarrhea and for days this process goes back and forth.
5) Oh just ask my loving Husband how pissy I get like I’m going through menopause all over again.
The benefits so outweigh all of the above that it was an easy choice to stay on what I said at first “The NO to everything diet”.
Be creative, try some new things, when you go shopping and get home, rest for a bit then drag those vegetables out of the fridge chop chop them for the week and put them in the freezer to use later.
I love making scrambled eggs & inlets with tons of vegetables. One would think how good will frozen Vegas be in one of those? Put oil in the pan, just a little bit (I only use Avocado Oil that’s JUST made with Avocados). The BEST price I’ve seen is at Costco it’s twice the size of the same brand I use (Chosen Foods) that I get at Sprouts and almost $3 less. Eating extremely healthy isn’t cheap, so I pinch every penny I can. IF you have a Costco in your area or visit somewhere often that does, they’ve begun carrying a lot more GF, LF and no Preservatives than even 6 months ago.
We even bought a 7cubic ft chest freezer so we’d have plenty of room to hold all of my prepared foods, sauces, vegetables, fruits and all grass fed and grass finished beef, turkey, chicken and yes they must be pasture raised as well. Grass fed & finished in a pasture ensures there’s NO Preservatives and bcuz of this you’ll have to use them right away or freeze them right away.
We get a great deal on our meats at our local farmers market where she pulls the trailer right up wit 4 freezers so there’s NO chance of cross contamination, keeps the trailer doors closed until someone asks about it. She even educated my Husband after I asked her to on why Pasture Raised Eggs are the absolute best for you, then he understood even though I’d already told him. Sometimes you have to hear it from someone else. We get our eggs from an Amish farmer!!!
I know that I got derailed, but it’s all great info.
If anyone wants more information, I’d be happy to help!!!
Oh, and I get most of my recipes off the internet at peoples blogs or websites just by searching the food(s) I want and just putting Gluten Free, Lactose Free before the food I want to make. I do however have my favorites!!

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@laylabug

Most doctors don’t understand RNY Gastric Bypass and prescribing Prednisone. I’ve had doctors prescribe 40mg and I’ve told them I cannot take that much bcuz of my GB. If they aren’t in the business of GB then they really don’t understand.
I had a Pulmonary doctor who was recommended to me by a GB Surgeon tell me that I would still be able to take prednisone but in extremely low doses.
Until about a year ago I would get pneumonia quite often and would take 5mg of whatever mg they gave me by cutting it into segments.
About a year ago I began taking very high quality plant only vitamins without preservatives and in only vegan capsules.
In that year I haven’t had not one pneumonia, upper respiratory infection, barely a cold.
What’s more I’m a Lyft Driver so I have people in and out of my car all the time, drunk, people with colds sitting next to me in the front seat, etc!!!
I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for 22 years now and my GB did me a great favor towards my Fibromyalgia.
My GB was in 2/2012 to save my life as I only had 17% lung capacity. In 4/2015 I lost my Sister, my best friend forever besides my loving Husband. I’m a stress eater and while caring for her and after her passing I had gained a total of 85 lbs. I also had chronic diarrhea every day after anything I ate, good for me or bad.
I went to a metropolitan city as our town was big but extremely rural. It was just our town and nothing really anywhere around it. Doctors didn’t want to practice there or move their and the Gastrointestinal doctors just were subpar.
I sought out a good Gastrointestinal Clinic and his advice to me was to stop consuming Gluten, Lactose and to avoid ALL Preservatives. That was 8/2017.
ONE year later, I’d lost the entire 85 lbs plus a tad more. But the BEST part was that my Fibromyalgia doesn’t flare up unless I eat Gluten, Lactose and/or Preservatives. The Gluten & Preservatives give me migraines, make me hurt terribly ALL over the place. BUT, when I follow this strict way of eating, my body loves me dearly.
Also, what they say about STAYING ACTIVE is absolutely the truth I kid you not!!
So with a great high protein (meats and pure plant protein powder for shakes, an abundance of fruits, vegetables and obviously NO Gluten, Lactose or Preservatives), my fibromyalgia body thrives!!!
Some say, don’t you miss cheese and milk, absolutely NOT AT ALL!! When we got the news about what NOT to eat, I began to look for alternatives and my loving Husband jumped in and said… “I’ll eat what you eat and that’ll help both of us”!!!
Yes I know that I’m extremely blessed to have a Husband that’s willing to explore anything I eat.
So, I found Vegan blogs that make cheese sauces, my Sisters most favorite Mac ‘n Cheese. She was NEVER willing to try anything that looked “funky” but this looked so much like a real cheese sauce and even tasted better. I know that some of y’all won’t believe me, but it’s so true. I’ve made so many vegetarian dishes and sides that one would never know that it was not the “real” thing but so much better tasting and so good for your body. YES, I still eat meat, but only humanely raised beef, chicken, pork, turkey, and fish. Yes, to ever vegetarian or vegan out there… I know they still kill & butcher them, but that’s how people survived millions of years ago. By eating, fruits, vegetables and whatever they could catch and kill.
I don’t eat anything with Preservatives and when I eat out with family at places like Chili’s and Applebee’s like I did while visiting family and insisted on eating at those places I get very sick. This is what happened over Memorial Day weekend… After church on Sunday the family decided on Chili’s. It doesn’t really matter what I get there or similar places like Monday night at Applebee’s.
1) I can’t sleep even with my prescribed sleeping meds or I have to dbl it to 100mg and I’m in a fog for a day or two, much like a huge hangover.
2) I ache all over every muscle and every joint.
3) I get a HUGE migraine that will last for days if not a week or more.
4) I first get terrible constipation and when I drink hot coffee I get severe diarrhea and for days this process goes back and forth.
5) Oh just ask my loving Husband how pissy I get like I’m going through menopause all over again.
The benefits so outweigh all of the above that it was an easy choice to stay on what I said at first “The NO to everything diet”.
Be creative, try some new things, when you go shopping and get home, rest for a bit then drag those vegetables out of the fridge chop chop them for the week and put them in the freezer to use later.
I love making scrambled eggs & inlets with tons of vegetables. One would think how good will frozen Vegas be in one of those? Put oil in the pan, just a little bit (I only use Avocado Oil that’s JUST made with Avocados). The BEST price I’ve seen is at Costco it’s twice the size of the same brand I use (Chosen Foods) that I get at Sprouts and almost $3 less. Eating extremely healthy isn’t cheap, so I pinch every penny I can. IF you have a Costco in your area or visit somewhere often that does, they’ve begun carrying a lot more GF, LF and no Preservatives than even 6 months ago.
We even bought a 7cubic ft chest freezer so we’d have plenty of room to hold all of my prepared foods, sauces, vegetables, fruits and all grass fed and grass finished beef, turkey, chicken and yes they must be pasture raised as well. Grass fed & finished in a pasture ensures there’s NO Preservatives and bcuz of this you’ll have to use them right away or freeze them right away.
We get a great deal on our meats at our local farmers market where she pulls the trailer right up wit 4 freezers so there’s NO chance of cross contamination, keeps the trailer doors closed until someone asks about it. She even educated my Husband after I asked her to on why Pasture Raised Eggs are the absolute best for you, then he understood even though I’d already told him. Sometimes you have to hear it from someone else. We get our eggs from an Amish farmer!!!
I know that I got derailed, but it’s all great info.
If anyone wants more information, I’d be happy to help!!!
Oh, and I get most of my recipes off the internet at peoples blogs or websites just by searching the food(s) I want and just putting Gluten Free, Lactose Free before the food I want to make. I do however have my favorites!!

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@laylabug An awesome amount of great information. Thank you for sharing your story and what has worked for you.
Ginger

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@laylabug

I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for 22 years now and my GB did me a great favor towards my Fibromyalgia.
My GB was in 2/2012 to save my life as I only had 17% lung capacity. In 4/2015 I lost my Sister, my best friend forever besides my loving Husband. I’m a stress eater and while caring for her and after her passing I had gained a total of 85 lbs. I also had chronic diarrhea every day after anything I ate, good for me or bad.
I went to a metropolitan city as our town was big but extremely rural. It was just our town and nothing really anywhere around it. Doctors didn’t want to practice there or move their and the Gastrointestinal doctors just were subpar.
I sought out a good Gastrointestinal Clinic and his advice to me was to stop consuming Gluten, Lactose and to avoid ALL Preservatives. That was 8/2017.
ONE year later, I’d lost the entire 85 lbs plus a tad more. But the BEST part was that my Fibromyalgia doesn’t flare up unless I eat Gluten, Lactose and/or Preservatives. The Gluten & Preservatives give me migraines, make me hurt terribly ALL over the place. BUT, when I follow this strict way of eating, my body loves me dearly. About a year ago I began taking very high quality Plant Based Vitamins and the capsules are all vegan, therefore NO Preservatives at all!! They’re expensive, but they’re worth it as I haven’t had pneumonia or bronchitis and if I’ve caught a cold it only lasts for a day or a few days at most.
Also, what they say about STAYING ACTIVE is absolutely the truth I kid you not!!
So with a great high protein (meats and pure plant protein powder for shakes, an abundance of fruits, vegetables and obviously NO Gluten, Lactose or Preservatives), my fibromyalgia body thrives!!!
Some say, don’t you miss cheese and milk, absolutely NOT AT ALL!! When we got the news about what NOT to eat, I began to look for alternatives and my loving Husband jumped in and said… “I’ll eat what you eat and that’ll help both of us”!!!
Yes I know that I’m extremely blessed to have a Husband that’s willing to explore anything I eat.
So, I found Vegan blogs that make cheese sauces, my Sisters most favorite Mac ‘n Cheese. She was NEVER willing to try anything that looked “funky” but this looked so much like a real cheese sauce and even tasted better. I know that some of y’all won’t believe me, but it’s so true. I’ve made so many vegetarian dishes and sides that one would never know that it was not the “real” thing but so much better tasting and so good for your body. YES, I still eat meat, but only humanely raised beef, chicken, pork, turkey, and fish. Yes, to ever vegetarian or vegan out there… I know they still kill & butcher them, but that’s how people survived millions of years ago. By eating, fruits, vegetables and whatever they could catch and kill.
I don’t eat anything with Preservatives and when I eat out with family at places like Chili’s and Applebee’s like I did while visiting family and insisted on eating at those places I get very sick. This is what happened over Memorial Day weekend… After church on Sunday the family decided on Chili’s. It doesn’t really matter what I get there or similar places like Monday night at Applebee’s.
1) I can’t sleep even with my prescribed sleeping meds or I have to dbl it to 100mg and I’m in a fog for a day or two, much like a huge hangover.
2) I ache all over every muscle and every joint.
3) I get a HUGE migraine that will last for days if not a week or more.
4) I first get terrible constipation and when I drink hot coffee I get severe diarrhea and for days this process goes back and forth.
5) Oh just ask my loving Husband how pissy I get like I’m going through menopause all over again.
The benefits so outweigh all of the above that it was an easy choice to stay on what I said at first “The NO to everything diet”.
Be creative, try some new things, when you go shopping and get home, rest for a bit then drag those vegetables out of the fridge chop chop them for the week and put them in the freezer to use later.
I love making scrambled eggs & inlets with tons of vegetables. One would think how good will frozen Vegas be in one of those? Put oil in the pan, just a little bit (I only use Avocado Oil that’s JUST made with Avocados). The BEST price I’ve seen is at Costco it’s twice the size of the same brand I use (Chosen Foods) that I get at Sprouts and almost $3 less. Eating extremely healthy isn’t cheap, so I pinch every penny I can. IF you have a Costco in your area or visit somewhere often that does, they’ve begun carrying a lot more GF, LF and no Preservatives than even 6 months ago.
We even bought a 7cubic ft chest freezer so we’d have plenty of room to hold all of my prepared foods, sauces, vegetables, fruits and all grass fed and grass finished beef, turkey, chicken and yes they must be pasture raised as well. Grass fed & finished in a pasture ensures there’s NO Preservatives and bcuz of this you’ll have to use them right away or freeze them right away.
We get a great deal on our meats at our local farmers market where she pulls the trailer right up wit 4 freezers so there’s NO chance of cross contamination, keeps the trailer doors closed until someone asks about it. She even educated my Husband after I asked her to on why Pasture Raised Eggs are the absolute best for you, then he understood even though I’d already told him. Sometimes you have to hear it from someone else. We get our eggs from an Amish farmer!!!
I know that I got derailed, but it’s all great info.
If anyone wants more information, I’d be happy to help!!!
Oh, and I get most of my recipes off the internet at peoples blogs or websites just by searching the food(s) I want and just putting Gluten Free, Lactose Free before the food I want to make. I do however have my favorites!!

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Hello @laylabug — There is another discussion with the same name that you have already posted in. I'm tagging our moderator @ethanmcconkey to see if we should move your discussion to the existing discussion here to avoid confusion and make it easier to find your post as well as make it more visible to other members:

> Groups > Autoimmune Diseases > Fibromyalgia
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/fibromyalgia-5/

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@laylabug

I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for 22 years now and my GB did me a great favor towards my Fibromyalgia.
My GB was in 2/2012 to save my life as I only had 17% lung capacity. In 4/2015 I lost my Sister, my best friend forever besides my loving Husband. I’m a stress eater and while caring for her and after her passing I had gained a total of 85 lbs. I also had chronic diarrhea every day after anything I ate, good for me or bad.
I went to a metropolitan city as our town was big but extremely rural. It was just our town and nothing really anywhere around it. Doctors didn’t want to practice there or move their and the Gastrointestinal doctors just were subpar.
I sought out a good Gastrointestinal Clinic and his advice to me was to stop consuming Gluten, Lactose and to avoid ALL Preservatives. That was 8/2017.
ONE year later, I’d lost the entire 85 lbs plus a tad more. But the BEST part was that my Fibromyalgia doesn’t flare up unless I eat Gluten, Lactose and/or Preservatives. The Gluten & Preservatives give me migraines, make me hurt terribly ALL over the place. BUT, when I follow this strict way of eating, my body loves me dearly. About a year ago I began taking very high quality Plant Based Vitamins and the capsules are all vegan, therefore NO Preservatives at all!! They’re expensive, but they’re worth it as I haven’t had pneumonia or bronchitis and if I’ve caught a cold it only lasts for a day or a few days at most.
Also, what they say about STAYING ACTIVE is absolutely the truth I kid you not!!
So with a great high protein (meats and pure plant protein powder for shakes, an abundance of fruits, vegetables and obviously NO Gluten, Lactose or Preservatives), my fibromyalgia body thrives!!!
Some say, don’t you miss cheese and milk, absolutely NOT AT ALL!! When we got the news about what NOT to eat, I began to look for alternatives and my loving Husband jumped in and said… “I’ll eat what you eat and that’ll help both of us”!!!
Yes I know that I’m extremely blessed to have a Husband that’s willing to explore anything I eat.
So, I found Vegan blogs that make cheese sauces, my Sisters most favorite Mac ‘n Cheese. She was NEVER willing to try anything that looked “funky” but this looked so much like a real cheese sauce and even tasted better. I know that some of y’all won’t believe me, but it’s so true. I’ve made so many vegetarian dishes and sides that one would never know that it was not the “real” thing but so much better tasting and so good for your body. YES, I still eat meat, but only humanely raised beef, chicken, pork, turkey, and fish. Yes, to ever vegetarian or vegan out there… I know they still kill & butcher them, but that’s how people survived millions of years ago. By eating, fruits, vegetables and whatever they could catch and kill.
I don’t eat anything with Preservatives and when I eat out with family at places like Chili’s and Applebee’s like I did while visiting family and insisted on eating at those places I get very sick. This is what happened over Memorial Day weekend… After church on Sunday the family decided on Chili’s. It doesn’t really matter what I get there or similar places like Monday night at Applebee’s.
1) I can’t sleep even with my prescribed sleeping meds or I have to dbl it to 100mg and I’m in a fog for a day or two, much like a huge hangover.
2) I ache all over every muscle and every joint.
3) I get a HUGE migraine that will last for days if not a week or more.
4) I first get terrible constipation and when I drink hot coffee I get severe diarrhea and for days this process goes back and forth.
5) Oh just ask my loving Husband how pissy I get like I’m going through menopause all over again.
The benefits so outweigh all of the above that it was an easy choice to stay on what I said at first “The NO to everything diet”.
Be creative, try some new things, when you go shopping and get home, rest for a bit then drag those vegetables out of the fridge chop chop them for the week and put them in the freezer to use later.
I love making scrambled eggs & inlets with tons of vegetables. One would think how good will frozen Vegas be in one of those? Put oil in the pan, just a little bit (I only use Avocado Oil that’s JUST made with Avocados). The BEST price I’ve seen is at Costco it’s twice the size of the same brand I use (Chosen Foods) that I get at Sprouts and almost $3 less. Eating extremely healthy isn’t cheap, so I pinch every penny I can. IF you have a Costco in your area or visit somewhere often that does, they’ve begun carrying a lot more GF, LF and no Preservatives than even 6 months ago.
We even bought a 7cubic ft chest freezer so we’d have plenty of room to hold all of my prepared foods, sauces, vegetables, fruits and all grass fed and grass finished beef, turkey, chicken and yes they must be pasture raised as well. Grass fed & finished in a pasture ensures there’s NO Preservatives and bcuz of this you’ll have to use them right away or freeze them right away.
We get a great deal on our meats at our local farmers market where she pulls the trailer right up wit 4 freezers so there’s NO chance of cross contamination, keeps the trailer doors closed until someone asks about it. She even educated my Husband after I asked her to on why Pasture Raised Eggs are the absolute best for you, then he understood even though I’d already told him. Sometimes you have to hear it from someone else. We get our eggs from an Amish farmer!!!
I know that I got derailed, but it’s all great info.
If anyone wants more information, I’d be happy to help!!!
Oh, and I get most of my recipes off the internet at peoples blogs or websites just by searching the food(s) I want and just putting Gluten Free, Lactose Free before the food I want to make. I do however have my favorites!!

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@laylabug Thanks for all this information I've had fibromyalgia since 90,s and started eating GF but haven't given up dairy love cheese but I,'ll look into it.I never eat prepared foods know about preservatives. One thing I found out nightshade veggies are a no no tomatoes,peppers,eggplant .I'm going to go for moRe G F items

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@laylabug

I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for 22 years now and my GB did me a great favor towards my Fibromyalgia.
My GB was in 2/2012 to save my life as I only had 17% lung capacity. In 4/2015 I lost my Sister, my best friend forever besides my loving Husband. I’m a stress eater and while caring for her and after her passing I had gained a total of 85 lbs. I also had chronic diarrhea every day after anything I ate, good for me or bad.
I went to a metropolitan city as our town was big but extremely rural. It was just our town and nothing really anywhere around it. Doctors didn’t want to practice there or move their and the Gastrointestinal doctors just were subpar.
I sought out a good Gastrointestinal Clinic and his advice to me was to stop consuming Gluten, Lactose and to avoid ALL Preservatives. That was 8/2017.
ONE year later, I’d lost the entire 85 lbs plus a tad more. But the BEST part was that my Fibromyalgia doesn’t flare up unless I eat Gluten, Lactose and/or Preservatives. The Gluten & Preservatives give me migraines, make me hurt terribly ALL over the place. BUT, when I follow this strict way of eating, my body loves me dearly. About a year ago I began taking very high quality Plant Based Vitamins and the capsules are all vegan, therefore NO Preservatives at all!! They’re expensive, but they’re worth it as I haven’t had pneumonia or bronchitis and if I’ve caught a cold it only lasts for a day or a few days at most.
Also, what they say about STAYING ACTIVE is absolutely the truth I kid you not!!
So with a great high protein (meats and pure plant protein powder for shakes, an abundance of fruits, vegetables and obviously NO Gluten, Lactose or Preservatives), my fibromyalgia body thrives!!!
Some say, don’t you miss cheese and milk, absolutely NOT AT ALL!! When we got the news about what NOT to eat, I began to look for alternatives and my loving Husband jumped in and said… “I’ll eat what you eat and that’ll help both of us”!!!
Yes I know that I’m extremely blessed to have a Husband that’s willing to explore anything I eat.
So, I found Vegan blogs that make cheese sauces, my Sisters most favorite Mac ‘n Cheese. She was NEVER willing to try anything that looked “funky” but this looked so much like a real cheese sauce and even tasted better. I know that some of y’all won’t believe me, but it’s so true. I’ve made so many vegetarian dishes and sides that one would never know that it was not the “real” thing but so much better tasting and so good for your body. YES, I still eat meat, but only humanely raised beef, chicken, pork, turkey, and fish. Yes, to ever vegetarian or vegan out there… I know they still kill & butcher them, but that’s how people survived millions of years ago. By eating, fruits, vegetables and whatever they could catch and kill.
I don’t eat anything with Preservatives and when I eat out with family at places like Chili’s and Applebee’s like I did while visiting family and insisted on eating at those places I get very sick. This is what happened over Memorial Day weekend… After church on Sunday the family decided on Chili’s. It doesn’t really matter what I get there or similar places like Monday night at Applebee’s.
1) I can’t sleep even with my prescribed sleeping meds or I have to dbl it to 100mg and I’m in a fog for a day or two, much like a huge hangover.
2) I ache all over every muscle and every joint.
3) I get a HUGE migraine that will last for days if not a week or more.
4) I first get terrible constipation and when I drink hot coffee I get severe diarrhea and for days this process goes back and forth.
5) Oh just ask my loving Husband how pissy I get like I’m going through menopause all over again.
The benefits so outweigh all of the above that it was an easy choice to stay on what I said at first “The NO to everything diet”.
Be creative, try some new things, when you go shopping and get home, rest for a bit then drag those vegetables out of the fridge chop chop them for the week and put them in the freezer to use later.
I love making scrambled eggs & inlets with tons of vegetables. One would think how good will frozen Vegas be in one of those? Put oil in the pan, just a little bit (I only use Avocado Oil that’s JUST made with Avocados). The BEST price I’ve seen is at Costco it’s twice the size of the same brand I use (Chosen Foods) that I get at Sprouts and almost $3 less. Eating extremely healthy isn’t cheap, so I pinch every penny I can. IF you have a Costco in your area or visit somewhere often that does, they’ve begun carrying a lot more GF, LF and no Preservatives than even 6 months ago.
We even bought a 7cubic ft chest freezer so we’d have plenty of room to hold all of my prepared foods, sauces, vegetables, fruits and all grass fed and grass finished beef, turkey, chicken and yes they must be pasture raised as well. Grass fed & finished in a pasture ensures there’s NO Preservatives and bcuz of this you’ll have to use them right away or freeze them right away.
We get a great deal on our meats at our local farmers market where she pulls the trailer right up wit 4 freezers so there’s NO chance of cross contamination, keeps the trailer doors closed until someone asks about it. She even educated my Husband after I asked her to on why Pasture Raised Eggs are the absolute best for you, then he understood even though I’d already told him. Sometimes you have to hear it from someone else. We get our eggs from an Amish farmer!!!
I know that I got derailed, but it’s all great info.
If anyone wants more information, I’d be happy to help!!!
Oh, and I get most of my recipes off the internet at peoples blogs or websites just by searching the food(s) I want and just putting Gluten Free, Lactose Free before the food I want to make. I do however have my favorites!!

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Help! Diagnosed today for Fibro. I am a exercise fanatic and work hard at everything I do. This started 7 months ago and it’s killing me. Do people recover or is it a forever journey? I’ve been my own advocate and don’t take the pain meds, and changing up my eating habits. Is there a day it ever goes away? Thank you!!

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Help! Diagnosed today for Fibro. I am a exercise fanatic and work hard at everything I do. This started 7 months ago and it’s killing me. Do people recover or is it a forever journey? I’ve been my own advocate and don’t take the pain meds, and changing up my eating habits. Is there a day it ever goes away? Thank you!!

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@suri Welcome to connect we all have pain from different problems ,we give you our experience.I've had fibromyalgia since the 90,s it's something you learn to help yourself with what works.There,s no cause known or cure so we fibro people learn different things that help I have my fibro pain box Exercise but listen to your body and don't overdue,hot showers heat helps with soreness ,ice sometimes will feel better then heat I'ce ,ginger @turmeric are all anti inflammatory .Tens unit this helps with muscles to relax when tight.If you haven't see a rheumatologist .Epsom salt bath before bedtime I take Fibro Malic from Vitacost.com have for years .The biggest thing is don't overdue or you,'ll pay for it next day that was hard for me to learn also it's o.k.to say No to activities. Others hopefully will chime in with there pain box all this is what I do I would ask your rheumatologist about anymore suggestions Join us fibro warriors

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