What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a very common autoimmune condition, affecting nearly 5.8 million Americans. Fibromyalgia can be a very frustrating and debilitating condition. It can be difficult for outsiders to understand the pain people with fibromyalgia are experiencing, as there is little underlying etiology in Western medicine. Any physical activity, even light housework, can trigger intense, incapacitating pain. Employment and relationships become difficult to maintain for people with fibromyalgia.
Muscle and joint pain all over the body
Pain in specific areas when pressure is applied
Fatigue and difficulty falling asleep
Bowel issues such as IBS, constipation, bloating, and stomach pain
Allergies and skin issues
Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnosis, as the criteria for diagnosis is still not widely agreed upon by physicians. Women are more commonly affected with fibromyalgia than men. However, the Paleo community is finding that fibromyalgia symptoms can be alleviated by following a “real food” nutrient dense diet. Those prominent in the community such as Chris Kresser, suggest that paleo is the way to go for symptom relief.
Fibromyalgia is a condition associated with having a leaky gut (intestinal permeability). Many who struggle with fibromyalgia also struggle with digestive symptoms such as IBS and constipation. Therefore following an Autoimmune Paleo protocol is beneficial for healing. Many people find relief from their symptoms by switching over to a paleo diet. However, an autoimmune protocol involves removing all difficult to digest grains and dairy from the diet, as well as nightshade vegetables including potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers (certain vegetables/spices that many people with autoimmune condition react to). The focus should be on increasing nutrient dense, quality foods such as fatty meats that have been pasture raised, bone broths that have been simmered for a minimum of 24 hours, and vegetables, including fermented foods.
At Paleo on the Go, we offer a variety of AIP complaint foods that will help those who suffer from Fibromyalgia, deal with their condition through a proper diet regime.
Feel free to check out our AIP Friendly Menu to see what food options are available while living with Fibromyalgia.