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Can a gluten free diet help fibromyalgia pain?

by Nancy Olson on November 30, 2011

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Do You Want Some Relief From Fibromyalgia Pain?

Do you have the constant pain that strikes the body on a daily basis often times diagnosed as fibromyalgia pain?  Fibromyalgia pain can strike your neck, shoulders, back, hip area and knees. It may also include chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness, weakness in the limbs, and leg cramps. Maybe you have already been diagnosed with it and some maybe just searching what can be done for the pain that seems to be there on a daily basis. Now you may be searching for an answer to ease that pain that you deal with on a daily basis.

Many doctors suggest a gluten free diet to help control the fibromyalgia pain.  For many people the fibromyalgia pain that can get so sever that it can wipe a person out for a day or even many days.  If you could get relief from some of that horrible fibromyalgia pain by changing the foods you eat, would you do it?

Fibromyalgia pain can include:

  • Can stop daily activities.
  • Drain the body of energy.
  • Insomnia or waking up feeling tired.
  • Migraine headaches.
  • Sever fatigue.
  • Joint stiffness.
  • Sensitive to odors, lights, smell and noise.
  • Problems concentrating or remembering.
  • Could have some IBS issues.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.

I myself was diagnosed with fibromyalgia prior to my diagnosis of Celiac disease.  I also have experienced all of the above bullet points.  The interesting thing with all that is listed above are also symptoms of Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance.  I am also happy to say that I have very little pain today and have very little issues with any of the bullet points that use to stop me in my tracks. I also want to say that it took many months of a gluten free diet to not have much pain so don’t expect it to be gone in a weeks time but I did notice it diminishing as we went along.

So if you suffer from any of the symptoms of fibromyalgia and are still suffering, are you willing to be tested for Celiac disease, gluten intolerence and at the very least to change what you eat to eliminate some of that fibromyalgia pain?

Healing Hugs,

Nancy Olson

Please share your comments on fibromyalgia pain and what has helped you for pain.




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As the Founder and CEO of Thriving With Celiac, Nancy Olson is on a mission to educate, support and inspire those living a gluten free lifestyle. After many years of suffering and dealing with celiac disease day by day, Nancy has learned how to do more than simply survive. Through writing, speaking and coaching in the gluten free and healthy lifestyle areas, she now teaches everyone she comes in contact with how they too can begin thrivin’ rather than just survivin’.

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Kim Garst November 30, 2011 at 10:04 am

Going to share this with a friend who has fibromyalgia. Thanks for a great article!


Nancy Olson November 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

Thanks Kim for sharing and for the compliment! Have a wonderful day!


Edwina Parker November 30, 2011 at 10:12 am

Nancy, you provide such good information. I love how your research has led you to sharing with others who may or may not know what is going on with them physically. Keep up the great work!


Nancy Olson November 30, 2011 at 10:19 am

Thanks for the compliment Edwina! Have a great week!


Lorii Abela November 30, 2011 at 11:37 am

Thank you for sharing this Nancy. It’s really very informative. Continue to share your knowledge about having to live a gluten-free life.


Solvita November 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

Thanks for sharing Nancy this important information. People who have fibromyalgia pain will appreciate your time and effort put into research and sharing. Have a wonderful day!


Gina Parris November 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm

What a fascinating topic. Believe it or not, when I drink too much coffee, it seems to make my back more achey. I’ve never heard anyone say anything like that, but I think getting too acidic in my body is bad for my bones!


Michael McDonald November 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Thanks for sharing this Nancy. I have recently met several people with Fibromyalgia as well as other people with Celiac. Both have said either the pain or discomfort are unbearable IF they don’t eat properly. As more gets learned about these diseases and others, it gets so much more important about diet and nutrition for help in alleviating some symptoms and making the body effective doing what it’s supposed to do rather than just pumping ineffective medicines into people that just mask the symptoms.


Beau Henderson November 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

In a world filled with processed foods we certainly can benefit from learning more about “healing foods” and the possible impact of foods on our physical health.


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:29 am

Yes Beau! Foods that feed and health the body for what it needs! Thanks for stopping by the site!


Elise Adams @AdamsOrganizing November 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and have suffered since I was 19 with various degrees of chronic pain. The hilarious thing is that I discovered the role of wheat, processed foods and sugar by accident when I was trying to lose weight several years ago. I tried the South Beach Diet and within 2 weeks I was pain free! My problem now is maintaining such a strict diet can a bit of a struggle. Just recently I again went on a strict no-grain diet and again I am incredibly pain free. This is even more shocking this time because it is getting colder here in Eastern WA…most years I’m in the therapy pool, taking muscle relaxers and barely making it. This year I have tons of energy and feel SO good that I’m working out every day, losing weight too! Gonna stick with it this time around! ;-D


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:29 am

Elise, it’s it amazing when you can tell when you haven’t done well with the gluten free diet? Yes there are also other foods that cause inflamation to the body, those are acidic foods and that is where processed foods and sugar, fat and so much more come in to play and we can always improve in that area as well.


Dr. Daisy Sutherland November 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Excellent article!! It is truly amazing how our diet can affect our overall well-being. Thanks for sharing this very important information:)


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:26 am

Thanks Daisy! Food choices can be good, better and the best we just have to learn what foods fill the void and what foods really give us nutrition and health benefits.


Jaime November 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Great article. I have been suffering from Fibro since 2000. Nowadays, as long as I stay on my pain meds I have great days. If I stop taking them or run out, I can barely move from the pain. I have lessen the amount of stress in my life and that has helped decrease my pain. I know i need to change my eating habits, but that is the hardest thing for me to do. But it is one of my goals that I will be working on next year. Thanks for sharing.


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:25 am

Jamie, thanks for your comment! I know exactly what you mean when you say you could hardly move, I have been there and they offered me a perscription drug and refused. I don’t even take over the counter meds so a perscription would be against what I do for my body’s health. I know some need that to get through especially if they haven’t changed their eating habits.


Max M. November 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm

My mom has fibromyalgia. I’m going to forward this article to her. See if she wants to give it a shot.


Lisa Birnesser November 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Great article, Nancy. I have massage clients that have fibromyalgia. Those who changed their diet did reduce their complaints of pain. I will send them here to read your article. Thanks!


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:22 am

Thanks for your comment Lisa! Thanks for passing along the post too! Must inform others!


Sibyl November 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I don’t know much about that disease but I do know a lot of people switching to gluten free diets and have learned a lot about that and what it can do for you.


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:21 am

Yes you see more foods for gluten free and so I think people are learning why gluten free foods are on the shelves. It is for those that suffer from Celiac disease and gluten intolerance but so many other benefits for everyone too.


Ronae Jull November 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I know several folks who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and who live a mostly pain-free life using careful diet and moderate exercise. Thanks for a great article, and especially for the reminder than relief may take some time!

~RJ, the HOPE Coach


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:18 am

Thanks Ronae for your comment! Yes usually pain doesn’t leave over night, kinda like weight issue. We didn’t gain it all in one day.


Edmund Lee December 1, 2011 at 12:12 am

If faced with it, yes, I would totally be willing to adapt and change my diet. The benefits would outweigh the drawbacks 100% any day.


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:17 am

Edmund thanks for your comment! I am glad you say you would change your diet if you had to. I know many people that have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and doctor suggest them to cut gluten and they may lessen the intake of it but don’t elliminate it and still have pain.


Carol Giambri December 1, 2011 at 1:53 am

I have heard of so many with fibro. Dietary changes has offered them some relief, some total; others it’s a process. Thanks Nancy.


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:14 am

Hello Carol! Yes many people diagnosed with fibro and others avoid going to the doctor with just pain that they think is related to age, just sore joint and so they just suffer, they should consider what they put in their body.


Heather December 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm

reading about how many people have fibro lately including some of my good friends, I count myself extremely lucky that so far (knock on wood) I don’t. I’m more and more convinced that I should take the opportunity to improve my diet now before more crazy diagnoses hit me. Thanks for a great article!


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:12 am

Heather thanks for you comment! If you haven’t been diagnosed with an illness such as this it is always worth looking at prevention and that starts with foods we eat.


Deborah Turton December 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Nancy because of your regular posts I have been gluten free all week, I know it is just a start, however I noticed the difference in my energy levels and these 50 year old joints the first day!! Thank you for bringing the awareness I am so enjoying the personal benefits!!


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:10 am

Wow Deb! It is amazing what gluten will do to the body even when you don’t have Celiac disease. They say they think almost every person has some intolerance to gluten and will benefit from going gluten free. I wish you luck and your body with thank you also! Let me know if I can help any further.


Norma Doiron @Living|Healthy|Wealthy|Wise December 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm

It is so sad that billions of $$$ are spent yearly at the pharmaceuticals. If only ‘they’ would wise up and teach people about the value of nutrition. It is so infuriating! I learn so much more from you – thanks for all you do to bring awareness. x0x0x
The LEARNED Preneur at NormaDoiron.NET


Nancy Olson December 2, 2011 at 6:08 am

Thank you Norma for your compliment! Yes, people need to be informed of nutrition from foods.


Jennifer December 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm

This is such great information Nancy, thanks. I’m beginning to think that going gluten-free can solve about any problem you have! I have a friend who went gluten-free to control her child’s temper tantrums and it’s working nicely. Amazing what a difference diet can make! (And so much better for you than all those drugs the docs want you to take).


Nancy Olson December 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm

So true Jennifer! Gluten does so much that we don’t even think it would. It’s amazing what it doese to kids as they react out in tantrums, or so called hyper child, even gets a disorder label and it could in what they are eating.


Michele December 4, 2011 at 10:12 am

There is no question in my mind. Staying away from gluten is a big plus for me. My digestive system does not like it.
Your info is so important for people to read. SO many people suffer and believe they are victims. When people make the decision to take control of what they eat they become empowered and can do amazing things for themselves.


Nancy Olson December 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Isn’t food amazing and how it can make the body feel? For some it is not only gluten but can accually be other foods too. I feel most people have some intolerance to gluten and everyone could benefit from going gluten free.


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