Finding the right diagnosis is one of the most challenging parts of dealing with chronic pain. There are many potential sources of chronic pain, and patients may be affected by more than one issue at the same time. While physical causes are a major piece of the puzzle, it’s also important to look at the psychological component of your pain.
If you have fibromyalgia, you might wonder what (if any) impact your diet has on your pain. There’s no specific fibromyalgia diet recommended for everyone who has this condition. Each person experiences symptoms a little differently, so there’s not a single diet that’s been proven to help everyone with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is an especially challenging chronic pain disorder because it affects so many of the day-to-day processes that our bodies depend on. In addition to significant, widespread pain, fibromyalgia may cause difficulty sleeping, confusion or cognitive difficulties, extreme fatigue, anxiety and depression. It’s also quite common, affecting an estimated three to six percent of global population.1
Although still in the early stages of study, the connections between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia are becoming clearer, and successful treatment methods are showing promising results. Since both CFS and fibromyalgia share a number of common symptoms, including lower back pain, particular lifestyle changes are likely to improve both conditions.