So, which foods should you avoid eating if you have fibromyalgia? With lots of different suggestions, it makes it difficult to decide what not to eat but here are three websites offering us ideas on what to avoid.

The Express said that the NHS consider chemical imbalances and stress events to be triggers of fibro flare but avoiding eating certain foods can reduce your symptoms. Dr Josh Axe a wellness physician, popular radio show host, and a coveted national speaker is on a mission to change health around the world and lead the new health revolution, thinks that the low FODMAP diet, or a diet low in sugars from fermented foods and other sources, will help reduce fibromyalgia symptoms, and help improve the gut. He also suggests cutting out sauerkraut, processed foods, and excessive alcohol and caffeine.

Arthritis Health thinks that foods that are likely to make symptoms worse include sugar, carbohydrates, processed foods, unhealthy fats and alcohol. They also say that other foods and ingredients make cause symptoms and to try to not have a lot of gluten, red meat fruits and vegetables in the nightshade family, such as tomatoes, white potatoes, green peppers, and goji berries, dairy products, eggs and caffeine.

On Health say that there are seven foods to avoid if you have fibromyalgia and they are Aspartame (Nutra Sweet). Food additives including MSG (monosodium glutamate) and nitrates.MSG is an additive or flavour enhancer that’s found in many processed and frozen foods and in some Asian cuisines. Sugar, fructose, and simple carbohydrates. Caffeine including coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate.Yeast and gluten. Dairy and Nightshade Plants: Tomatoes, chilli and bell peppers, potatoes, and eggplant.

Reading through all three of these articles I feel the following six points could help with fibromyalgia symptoms.

1. Choose whole foods instead of processed ones

2. Avoid artificial sweeteners and limit sugars

3. Eat low-fat dairy

4. Eat lean protein, such as chicken or fish

5. Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake

6. Choose nightshade plants as your vegetables





Massage with your thumbs the dips below and slightly in front of the inner ankle while using your index fingers to massage the same spot on the outer ankle bone for a minute or so, this should calm you down.


With your thumb or right index and middle fingers, firmly press the outer side of each forearm at the place where your hand and wrist join, below your little finger. Press firmly on your left wrist and hold it for about one minute, then change hands and repeat.


Using your thumbs or index finger steadily press onto the outer sides of the calves about one finger width from the shin and about four finger widths below the knee. Press these points for a minute or so, beginning gently and gradually harder and repeat as needed.



Press your index and middle fingers to the points located on both temples and hold for a minute or so to facilitate recall. Activate on a daily basis to improve memory and increase mental clarity in general.


Press your index finger to the point located in the indention between the upper lip and the base of the nose and hold for at least a minute.


Balneotherapy is one of the oldest therapies for pain relief. The term ‘balneo’ comes from the Latin word, balneum, meaning bath. Balneotherapy is a form of hydrotherapy which involves bathing in mineral water or warm water.

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A study compared bathing in mineral water to plain tap water in 60 people with lower back pain and Fibromyalgia. They found that mineral water containing sulphur was superior in reducing pain and improving mobility, compared with tap water.

Pain Source point out that the specifics as to how balneotherapy alleviates the symptoms of fibromyalgia are complex, and not completely known. Bathing in mineral or thermal water may have beneficial effects that result from a combination of mechanical, thermal and chemical factors. Balneotherapy offers effective treatment methods that can be adapted to the abilities and preferences of each patient, without showing significant side effects. Balneotherapy for fibromyalgia cannot substitute conventional therapy, but can represent a complementary approach or an alternative for patients who do not tolerate pharmacological treatments.

As there are many different types of healing baths, balneotherapy takes many different forms. This includes everything from whirlpools and affusion showers to mineral, thermal, cold, or hydrobaths.

Whether given in a healing bath or pool, balneotherapy always involves the use of water for therapeutic purposes. Wraps may also be used such as those consisting of algae, mud or peat as these can help detoxify and enrich the skin. Water from hot springs or mineral or sea water may be used to ease disharmony within the body. Different forms of treatment are used for different conditions and there is considerable variety.

The Fit Map explains that “Water can be used to greatly enhance your sense of well being. These forms of treatment are particularly good for easing physical pain caused by muscle strain or arthritis. It’s often used as an important part of physio and to help people recover after an injury or operation.

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It’s also good for back pains and increasing mobility. Water can help to boost the immune system in order to help fight off illness and infection. These treatments have been used to help stroke victims or those suffering from serious conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

They can help you to relax and lower stress levels. Warm baths are particularly good for easing soreness or stiffness and for calming your nerves.

Cold baths on the other hand can help increase circulation and are good for vitality and increased energy. Water is one of the essential ingredients of life and the power of these treatments to improve your physical and mental health cannot be overestimated.”

Therapies Guide UK has a list of Balneotherapists in the UK, and a number of Hotels in Europe advertise they have this available as well as some Spa’s in the UK like Chapney’s Health Spa’s

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Endorsements are now open for the Wego Health Awards.

If you missed my last post I was excited to announce that I have been nominated and shortlisted for the WEGO Health Best Chronic Illness & Illness Recovery Blog Award in the 2018 WEGO Health Awards.

WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills, and insights of patient leaders. They are the world’s largest network of patient leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics. Click here to learn more about their Patient Leader Network. The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice. With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms, that recognize the over 100 thousand inspiring Patient Leaders who raise awareness, share information, and support their communities – but often without recognition.

This year, the 16 WEGO Health Award winners will be honored and I’m now looking to my incredibly supportive network to help endorse me for this award. There are two easy ways to endorse that only take seconds of your time!
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If I have ever supported you, made you laugh, or inspired you to keep fighting – please consider endorsing me for this award


How to overcome chronic fatigue in 4 steps is a graphics written by Dr. Axe a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people eat healthily and live a healthy lifestyle. In 2008, he started a functional medicine centre in Nashville, which grew to become one of the most renowned clinics in the world.

Many Fibro sufferers suffer from severe chronic fatigue which can be debilitating and manifests with a lack of energy and motivation. Although this graphic was put together for CFS sufferers it definitely resonates with many Fibro sufferers.  Hopefully one of Dr. Axe’s tips will help anyone suffering from chronic fatigue.