Re: Gluten free diets - how do you do it, and does it really help?
I've been GF for 3 yrs. Didn't help my muscle pain per se, but it did eliminate a lifetime of severe IBS, which sometimes goes along with fibro. I don't have any celiac antibodies, but one of my kids is celiac, the other kid has wheat allergy. So our family is GF.
Many people find they do eat more nutritiously on GF diet than on conventional diet, in part because, yes, most boxed/canned/convenience/fast food, etc. is off limits. The GF diet has a steep learning curve, much steeper than any other I've encountered. The diet is also somewhat time-intensive, esp. grocery shopping, at first. And of course there is more scratch-cooking.
Two resources I'd rec. to learn more about it: 1) Local support groups -- Gluten Intolerance Group or Celiac Sprue Association 2) Most any book by Danna Korn. Her most recent in 'Gluten-Free Living for Dummies.' Danna gives expert advice in most readable fashion.
I've known a number of people who, UNlike me, DID get resolution of their fibro symptoms with GF diet. One was celiac, the other had 'nonceliac gluten sensitivity' -- which not all docs believe in.