You've Been Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia, Now What?
Congrats! You have fibromyalgia! By this point, you have probably undergone a battery of tests that would make anyone dizzy! Take a deep breath and relax because I am going to offer you some advice that has worked pretty well for me!
First Things First....Your Diet
The next thing you should do is talk to your doctor and see if they took any blood tests for allergens. Next ask if you came up sensitive to any of the common allergens that make fibromyalgia worse. If so, find out what they are. For me, it was dairy, soy and gluten plus something called FODMAPs. I covered that briefly in my last post.
I will admit that going dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free was difficult at first. Now I know what I like and can eat, so it has become much easier. My best advice is to read EVERY label in the beginning! They put soy in every-stinking-thing!!! UGH!
When I found out that I couldn’t have the stuff that I used to like because it was making me sicker, I was pretty sad. Then I discovered Enjoy Life Foods! OMG! For being free of the 8 most common allergens, their stuff is pretty good!! Their foods are all free from wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, casein, soy, egg, sesame, sulfites, lupin, mustard, fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. I love their Handcrafted Crunchy Cookies in Double Chocolate! Yummy!
As for the dairy-free thing, I switched over to Almond Breeze, Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk! For me, it tasted the closest to milk that I could find without the bad after effects.
Gluten-free isn’t as bad as you think. Brown rice is gluten-free, so are corn, potatoes and a few other things! I was surprised to find out that most General Mills cereals are gluten-free. I love Cheerios! The multigrain ones are my usual go to for breakfast! Quick and easy for when you need to run out the door!
Exercise?? Ugh! Who Wants To Do That??
Okay! This part isn’t as bad as you think! All you have to do is get at least 15 minutes of good movement in each day! You can go for a walk around the block, run up and down your stairs in your house, go to the mall and do a lap or two around the mall before shopping. Nothing too crazy. You just need to get the blood flowing.
After you get going on your diet and exercise, start drinking one half of your body weight in ounces of water. I know this doesn’t sound like fun, but it will help raise your metabolism, flush out anything your body doesn’t need and make you look younger! Don’t believe me on the last part? Take a photo before you start drinking the water, then take one about a week or so after you get into the routine of drinking that much water. You will notice some changes.
Let's Talk Supplements
**BEFORE TAKING ANY NEW SUPPLEMENTS, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR**
I am taking a couple of anti-inflammatory supplements. The first one is called Turmeric and Curcumin. This is a spice that is commonly found in Eastern Indian cuisine, such as curried chicken. These come in gel caps and I take between 2-4 gel caps every day.
The next thing I take are Green Tea gel caps. Green Tea contains EGCG, which helps with reducing inflammation. I take about 2 of these each day. You could drink green tea, but you wouldn’t get the same concentration of EGCG.
The last one I suggest checking into is called Biotin. Biotin helps the collagen regenerate in your skin and also helps with the cartilage in your joints. I take 2 gel caps of these each day as well.
For me, all of these supplements together have helped me to feel more “normal”.
So…you made it this far…CONGRATS!
I hope all of this info helps you to feel more normal and better. Please contact your doctor before starting any new exercise, diet and supplements.
I do everything I talked about in this blog post. The only thing I didn’t talk about is my low FODMAP diet. That diet is fairly complex and I decided to wait until my next post to talk about that.
If you have any questions about this post, please feel free to message me. I will try to answer your questions and if I can’t, I probably know someone that can.
I wish you the best of luck in your new life and journey with fibromyalgia!