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There many things we
with FM, as a group, have discovered that are things to avoid doing or
eating or drinking. Mind you, most of these are what is called
"anecdotal evidence" meaning, it is generally only we with FM, that
saying it. But, enough of us have found these things to be true in
so I present them here, take them as you will. Furthermore, we have
said such things
often enough that some of them have even been studied and thus far,
seem to equal our self reports.
I do not intend to harp, as most doctors
tend to, on your diet,
(on site link)
and all that, as most research has found that to be pretty irrelevant
unless you have a food allergy. Just eat a sensible diet and let it go
at that. But, there are some things that many FMers world wide have
note of, that tend to kick off a flare as well as the "official" ones.
So here they are, some things to consider.
This is the stuff found in most diet
drinks and many other things that are artificially sweetened. It is bad
news, for anyone, Research
but it is especially bad for FMers, for all the effects it creates. It
acts like a neurotransmitter and literally, by most accounts, destroys
neurons. Nearly everyone who makes note of it says the same thing about
it. That it can set off a flare, within hours. A fast read of
on it will tell you why this happens. So, lack of studies or not, we
FM know it's a problem for us. So, if at all possible,
it is highly suggested that you do not eat or drink anything with
in it. This will mean quite a bit of label checking, as it's common
( Update: This has been recently stuided by
the way and yeah ... we were right. For FM and a whole host of other
dieases, aspartame is bad news. NCBI )
Lots of people report that they flare
up after eating at their favorite Asian food restaurant. So make a
to ask that whatever they give you, has no MSG in it, just to be on the
Yet another group, that gets a large
finger pointed at it. There are a whole variety of these are on the
Why they cause a flare is unknown, ( it is assumed it is due to the
used in them ) but sufficient numbers of people report it, to merit
A movie theater, or restaurant, at
work, at home, will often bring on an acute flare. Your muscles get
and tense up which sets up a cycle of pain, causes tension, causes
pain. AC air is generally too cold and is damp. Many of us have
arthritis as a primary and as
any arthritis sufferer
can tell you, cold damp air causes arthritic pain, which the FM then
amplifies. So if you must be or choose to be in such a place, dress for
it. If you have any say over the settings, turn it up, the objective is
to make the room temperature comfortable, not cold.
Working in one place with arms suspended
above the work surface, ( typical office or computer set up here, the
with most kitchens, factory or restaurant work etc. ) repetitive
and remaining in one position for a long time, be it sitting, standing,
or driving. (Move, vary it up, get up and walk, get out of the car,
what your doing to another action, so a different muscle group is used
etc. and you will suffer less. )
The ever popular Push-Crash
(on site link), it's such big a deal, it has its own page.
Too much of anything; light, noise,
smells, in short, sensory overload. This means you should send someone
the detergent aisle to get the laundry soap, ban heavy chemicals ( most
household cleaners, fabric softeners, and air fresheners can be
) and many perfumes ( natural perfumes don't seem to have this effect
enough, ergo, it's likely a chemical reaction, to the artificial
the other perfume is made of, rather than an olfactory reaction to the
smell itself ). This includes things to eat or drink, like too much
or sugar, the key word is moderation in all things.
Wear shades in the house until
your eyes adjust when you get up in the morning ( No, I am not kidding,
I just took to doing this recently, when I first get up, and it has cut
down on the morning headaches considerably ) Noise factors, inside your
own home, make some rules about it and make them stick. Outside the
wear ear plugs if need be. Call down the cops on the noisy neighbors,
it takes. ( see Sensitivities
on site link, for more information )
Which is a sub set of over stimulation.
Trying to do too many things, at once. Do one thing at a time.
Sensitivity to cold, damp, humidity,
heat, approaching storms (barometric pressure changes), temperature
and change of seasons. You cannot control nature but you can realize
are likely to flare more often given these conditions and take steps
to try and minimize the flare by backing off of your activities.
Many report flares due to drinking
even moderate amounts of alcohol. This is assumed to be due to the
that tends to occur when one consumes alcohol. If you opt to drink, be
certain to drink lots of normal fluids at the same time.
This can be over hand swimming, wall
painting, cleaning out the cupboards ... etc. In short, almost anything
puts your arms over your head repeatedly. If at all possible, avoid
Even "minor" injury, can create a flare,
so treat all injuries, even the little dings and cuts, promptly. This
treating bruising, which we tend to get often, due the "drunken" walk
FMers have. This is when the legs, knees and hips are not holding up,
or they are not getting
the brains message properly, and they make us bash into things.
and secondary illnesses:
It stands to reason that if you come down with
a cold, flu, have a yeast infection, etc. you are going to flare more
often, so treat
any secondary illness, seriously.