Pain News Network: Strict low-calorie diet reduces fibromyalgia symptoms
From the article: “After just three weeks on the restricted diet, nearly three out of four participants (72%) experienced symptom reductions of 30% or more, regardless of the amount of weight lost. Patients who showed little or no improvement had a higher BMI at the start of the study and were more likely to have had a diagnosis of depression.”
My hunch is the women’s improvement came more from cutting out foods that drive inflammation and pain (like bread/gluten) than the actual weight loss itself. Personally, I know I feel better when I am eating a clean diet that’s gluten, dairy and soy free. I also feel better when my weight is on the lower end of the scale, but obviously everyone’s experience is different.
Below are several articles that I’ve written over the years about diet and fibromyalgia:
HealthRising.org: Multi-omics study links poor sleep to deficient gut bacteria in ME/CFS
From the article: “Gut bacteria proved to have a strong effect. The authors noted there was a strong negative correlation between the abundance of bacteria from the Faecalibacterium genera abundance and the number of awakenings during sleep; that is, the more Faecalibacterium present, the fewer the awakenings, and presumably the better the sleep.”
National Fibromyalgia Association: Patients need patience
In this article, my Prohealth.com editor Karen Lee Richards shares two major pitfalls to avoid when determining if a fibromyalgia treatment is effective or not. Worth the click!
Pain News Network: The devil in the details of revised CDC opioid guideline
From the article: “The authors of the revised guideline set out to deceive the public with the appearance of giving doctors more discretion in prescribing opioids. But that new ‘flexibility’ is overwhelmed by wording that subtly informs doctors that they may risk sanctions if they prescribe opioids to anyone, at any level above 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) dose per day.”
Melissa vs. Fibromyalgia: The best way to plan your day using pacing principles
In this video, my friend, colleague and fellow fibro warrior Melissa Reynolds shares “the best way to plan your day using pacing principles. By using the principles of pacing we can work with what we have better and even create more energy in doing so.”
And an extra…
Red Kite Meditations: Daily detox supports healing complex chronic illness
From the article: “In modern life we are all exposed to bagillions more toxins than our grandparents were, from pesticides in foods to chemicals in cleaning products. In addition to choosing non-toxic products, there are some relatively cheap, easy and effective home detox tools you can use to support your body’s detox pathways on a daily basis. This post will go over a few of my favorites.”
Warrior of the Week…
The Fibromyalgia Warrior of the Week is Amanda Dent, a hairdresser from Grimsby, England.
Read more about her here: Hairdresser in agony from condition which could leave her in wheelchair
Product of the Week…
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This week’s Product of the Week is the “My Paced Planning Journal: Productivity for Chronic Illness” by Melissa Reynolds. This is the journal that Melissa mentions in the video mentioned above (see #5). I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed lately about my ever-growing to-do list, so I’m tempted to buy this for myself!