Triggers To Avoid If You Have Been Labeled With Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia patients avoid Caffeine : caffeine contained in these drinks can actually make your fibromyalgia worse and in many cases have an opposite effect on your energy levels.

sensory Overload: Fibromyalgia patients are often more sensitive to things like loud noises, odors, bright lights and more. If the senses become overloaded, it can often trigger headaches or migraines, among other things. Avoiding situations where sensory overload may occur can save you from an unwanted flare-up of symptoms.

MSG (Monosodium glutamate): MSG is a flavor enhancer found in many of the processed foods we buy at the grocery stores – as well as in some fruits and vegetables. MSG and other food additives activate neurons that increase the sensitivity to pain in fibromyalgia sufferers.

Weather: As much as 92% of  sufferers report that weather has an effect on their symptoms. The most common weather phenomena associated with flare-ups of this disoreder symptoms are extremes in temperature (too hot or too cold), changes in barometric pressure and rapid changes in weather.

Diary:Many fibromyalgia sufferers are lactose intolerant, which can lead to symptoms such as bloating, gas, pain and cramping. If you suspect you might be lactose intolerant, try going without dairy for a few weeks to see if you notice any improvements. If you don’t want to eliminate dairy completely, try avoiding pasteurized dairy products and consume only raw, organic dairy foods.

 Lack of Sleep: Sleep is a bit of a conundrum for fibromyalgia sufferers. On the one hand, the symptoms of fibromyalgia can make it difficult to sleep – often leading to sleep problems such as insomnia. On the other hand, the lack of sleep can increase the sensitivity to pain and aggravate some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

 Long Naps: Given the difficulties with sleep problems and the resulting fatigue often associated with fibromyalgia, taking naps during the day is often a necessity for many sufferers. While napping can be a necessity, it is best to avoid taking long, frequent naps. In a study of over one thousand adults suffering from fibromyalgia, researchers found a correlation between longer daytime naps and an increase in the severity of symptoms.

 Stress/Anxiety: stress in this disorder can also lead to other negative health outcomes like high blood pressure, diabetes and more.

Sitting For Too Long & Poor Posture: Sitting and poor posture also cut off circulation in the body, thereby cutting off the fresh supply of essential oxygen and nutrients to different systems in the body.