Foods Said to Cause Fibromyaligia Flares

A sudden attack of intense pain and stiffness in the muscles is known as Fibromyalgia Flares. There are certain foods that you need to avoid because these 6 foods are said to cause Fibromyalgia Flares.

  • Nightshade Vegetables  A class of vegetables known as nightshades are known to cause aching and pain in the joints and muscles as well as weakness and fatigue for people who are sensitive, reports. The nightshades contain a compound called solanine that is responsible for this reaction. Anecdotal evidence points to these items being the culprits: peppers, tomatoes, paprika, eggplant, white potatoes and tobacco. The reaction can happen quickly or within days. Some people become completely crippled during a reaction to nightshades. Smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products, even when they are not ingested, may produce symptoms.
  • Gluten-containing Grains Gluten-containing grains such as wheat, barley, rye and possibly oats have been shown to produce a myriad of symptoms in those who are sensitive, The Savvy Celiac website explains. For people who have gluten allergies and are gluten intolerant, the entire body can react immediately or within several hours or days. Some of the symptoms experienced may be severe inflammation, swelling, headaches, respiratory problems, weakness, fatigue, and extreme body pain. There is also an issue of cross-contamination for those who are sensitive, and close attention must be paid to reading labels and eating foods that have not been in contact with other foods containing gluten. By eliminating all gluten-containing foods, starting with processed white flour, you will likely see a difference in your pain level and other symptoms.
  • Artificial Sweeteners and Food Additives Certain food additives and artificial sweeteners may create serious side effects, worsening fibromyalgia in those who are sensitive. All artificial sweeteners should be eliminated as well as foods containing them, such as sodas and other diet foods.  Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the most common food additive, Laura A. Coleman and R. Roubenoff explain in their book, “Nutrition and Rheumatic Disease (Nutrition and Health).” Used as a preservative and flavor enhancer, MSG is found in one form or another in just about every packaged or canned food on the market unless labeled otherwise. An wide range of symptoms have been reported that mimic or aggravate fibromyalgia such as dizziness, headaches, stomach upsets, nausea, body aches and joint pain especially in arms and hands, difficulty thinking, mood changes and more. Unless the label on the package says “MSG free,” assume what you are buying includes MSG. Most Asian restaurants also include MSG in their preparations, so ask for it to be eliminated or don’t eat at that restaurant.
  • Foods Containing MSG Keep a list of these common foods available so you recognize which are the culprits. Anything with soy sauce, soy protein, bouillon, broths and soup stock, foods labeled with “natural flavoring,” textured protein, TVP, barley malt or whey protein are on the “avoid” list.
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Pseudonyms MSG is a chemical and known by many names. Here is a list of most of those names to keep with you so you recognize them when you shop. They include sodium caseinate, yeast nutrient, calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, yeast food, hydrolyzed corn gluten, natrium glutamate, monopotassium glutamate, carrageenan, maltodextrin,  citric acid, soy protein isolate, malt extract, whey protein protease, malt flavoring. Foods labeled “enzyme modified” has MSG. Food labeled as protein fortified, whey protein isolate and protease enzymes, should be avoided. Beware of flavorings and fermented foods, enzymes, natural flavor and seasonings.
  • Caffeine: Caffeine intake can trigger headaches and also interfere with sleep patterns. It stays in your system for several hours which can further result to fatigue. It can also increase your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Refined Sugar: Sugar can increase blood sugar swings associated with adrenal fatigue. Too much sugar can also leaving fibro patients in even more pain and drops in blood sugar can cause flaring of muscle tightening and anxiety.
  • Aspartame (Also Known as NutraSweet): This could increase or stimulate pain receptor of the nervous system that can lead to pain. This can also turn to chronic pain from acute pain.
  • Saturated Fats: It inhibits circulation and increase the sensitivity of nerve endings to pain.
  • Red Meat: Red meats are high in saturated fats. It interferes with proper circulation of blood and thus leads to fatigue and pain.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol promotes inflammation, which increases pain because the toxins produced from alcohol don’t process well by Fibromyalgia patients.


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