Fibromyalgia: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Food and Nutrition

Foods to be taken
  • Grains
  • Fruits (Apples, grapes, cranberries and strawberries)
  • Vegetables (carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, dark leafy greens)
  • Protein (poultry, fish, lean meats or dried beans)
  • Dairy (low-fat milk, cheese or yogurt)
  • Onions, garlic, ginger and turmeric
Foods to be avoided
  • High-calorie foods
  • Fried foods or those with high saturated fats
  • Refined sugar and caffeine
  • NutraSweet (aspartame) and monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Cigarettes and other tobacco products

Yoga and Exercise

  • Limit exercise to gentle motions such as stretching, gentle yoga or walking. 
  • Aerobic exercises improve fitness and reduce pain and fatigue in people with fibromyalgia like swimming, walking, cycling can be done.
  • Strengthening exercises such as lifting weights may improve muscle strength.
  • Avoid any exercise or activity that pushes you too hard, because this can make your symptoms worse.
Gentle yoga poses, meditation, yoga breathing (pranayama) can help in relieving the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
  • Apanasana (knees to chest)   watch video
  • Bhujangasana (cobra pose)   watch video
  • Adhomukha svanasana (downward facing dog) at the wall or with a chair   watch video
  • Chakravakasana (Cat /cow) with blocks under hands   watch video

Music and Meditation

  • Techniques of meditation can help to improve sleep patterns and reduce your fatigue in fibromyalgia patients.
  • Meditation consists of focusing on the breath or a certain word, sound, or object in order to enter into an altered state of consciousness. This provides a feeling of relaxation and rest.
  • Some alternative therapies, such as acupuncture (where thin needles are inserted into certain points around the body to help relieve pain), helps to relieve or prevent fibromyalgia symptoms.

Home Remedies

  • Swimming, sitting or exercising in a heated pool or warm water can provide relief from muscle pain.
  • Develop a sleep routine, settling down and getting up at the same time each day.

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