Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition causing pain all over the body.
The exact cause is unknown, but it may be linked to abnormal levels of some chemicals in the brain and changes to the nervous system, which carries pain messages around the body.
However, in many cases, according to the NHS, the condition is triggered by a physically or emotionally traumatising event such as a birth, injury, breakdown of a relationship and the death of a loved one.
Treatment can include exercises and changing your diet Arthritis Health recommends cutting vegetable oil from your diet if you suffer from the condition.
In a post on its website it says that “unhealthy oils” should be removed from your diet. This includes all corn, safflower and peanut oil as they have an inflammatory effect, especially when involved in frying food.
“The medical literature has linked fried foods to worsening of fibromyalgia symptoms,” it says.
“Unhealthy oils are a common ingredient in many processed foods such as cookies, doughnuts, and crackers. Pizza and cheese are also major sources of unhealthy fats.”
You should replace this food with healthy fats from fish, such as salmon, mackerel and herring, which are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Fibromyalgia: Removing vegetable oil from your diet can help reduce the symptoms
Fibromyalgia: Vegetable oil can increase the risk of inflammation
Arthritis Health also recommends steering clear of foods with a large amount of sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods.
“Reducing or eliminating sugar can have a significant impact on health for two reasons,” they said.
“First, the medical literature has shown that eating foods high in sugar is linked to increased fibromyalgia pain. Second, limiting sugar helps control weight.” Having a lower weight puts less strain on the body, reducing pain due to fibromyalgia.
“Refined carbohydrates such as cookies, many breads, pastries and white rice are digested quickly, causing blood sugar levels to spike.”
Arthritis Health advises that when the blood sugar levels come back down the fluctuation the pain and fatigue symptoms of this condition worse.
Fibromyalgia: Symptoms include widespread pain across the whole body
“Sugar and unhealthy fats, which increase inflammation, are a large part of many processed foods,” advises the organisation. It says these should be avoided by sufferers because they may increase the symptoms.
Finally, it also recommends avoiding alcohol.
“While some research has found moderate alcohol use can ease symptoms, some people with fibromyalgia report alcohol causes symptoms to flare.
“Drinking alcohol while taking certain medications prescribed for fibromyalgia – such has anti-convulsants, antidepressants, and acetaminophen could cause harmful interactions.”