Managing pain for fibromyalgia can be tricky. Narrowing down what causes your flare ups is the first step to gaining relief so you can go on leading a normal life. There are certain foods you should avoid that can help prevent symptoms from occurring. Start tracking your flare ups with a food journal. This will assist you in determining which foods and/or additives to avoid. The following are just a few examples of certain foods or additives that have been known to cause flare ups.
The nightshade family of fruits and vegetables or Solonaceae are very complex and contain approximately 2,000 species including: tomatoes, bell peppers, white potatoes, eggplant, chilies and paprika. They are thought to have been named nightshade vegetables because they grow in the shade of night rather than during the day. The main debilitator in the nightshade family of fruit and vegetable is called Solanine. Solanine is is a glycoalkaloid poison and is primarily displayed by gastrointestinal and neurological disorders. It’s produced naturally by these plants as a defense mechanism and has fungicidal and pesticidal properties. Research shows that 74 to 90 percent of people who had inflammatory conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia suffered from increased inflammation and pain after eating nightshade fruits or vegetables.
Aspartame and Food Additives
One of the foods additives that can adversely trigger certain receptors located within the nervous system is aspartame. A published study in the Journal of Rheumatology discovered that nerves were stimulated when people who were diagnosed with FMS were given aspartame. Food additives such as monosodium glutamate otherwise known as MSG as well as other food additives equally seemed to increase pain symptoms in many individuals. People with fibromyalgia should try to avoid food additives, and in particular, aspartame and MSG.
Chocolate and Coffee
This is a painful one but fibromyalgia sufferers should stay away from foods containing caffeine, including chocolate and coffee. Caffeine increases the heart rate and blood pressure, placing additional strain on muscle tissue. Chocolate and other caffeine-containing foods can also disrupt productive sleep, which is essential for managing fibromyalgia-related pain.