Ok, having a wonderful fibro flare. One of those just hangs on and just when you think it is getting better knocks you down again kind. So I am living in the 'fog' a lot lately. I have been trying to remember some of the diet things we have talked about on the boards. I of course know sugar is very bad for fibro, and especially bad for me so I try to be diligent about that. Sometimes I fall off the 'no sugar wagon' but I always get right back on.
There have been other helpful things mentioned. If anyone has some great ideas about what is not good for fibro could they mention them again. Like I said the fog has me a little forgetful at the moment and sugar and carbs seem to be all I can remember.
Oh I hate that fibrofog! Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar, white flour products. Be deligient to read labels and avoid corn syrup which you will find in a lot of bread. Stay away from meat and dairy products that are high in saturated fats which can produce an inflammatory response and increase pain. Limit your intake of green peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and white potatoes. These foods contain solanine which interferes with enzymes in the muscles, and which also may cause pain and discomfort. Drink plenty of fluid to help flush out toxins. Eat four to five small meals daily to keep a steady supply of protein and carbs available for proper muscle function.
Thanks Kirstee. Alcohol is no problem for me, had to give that up years ago when the meds began. I really miss a good margherita. I always try to do de-caf everything, but I do know even though it says de-caf it still has some caffeine so I will pay closer attention to that. Also the saturated fat, I certainly didn't remember that even if I knew it in the first place....giggle. Interesting about the potatoes and tomatoes, I didn't know that but will certainly watch that. Fluids I do plenty of, at least 60 to 80 oz. of water or other liquid a day. There are of course some days where I don't do as much but it balances out.
Thanks for the reminders kirstee, I am just in a awful flaring mode right now and I can't seem to get on the other side of it. Days like today when I am down for the count, my better eating habits go right out the door. Of course that leads to more of a flare, which leads to the easy fix on food....yada, yada, it just keeps going round and round. I am not giving up though, I will break through this and it will be because I ate better and got back to some exercise....I hope....giggle!
Hi Glojer. I know you have been having a rough time. I feel for you that's for sure, just coming out (I hope) from a 10 month long flare.
I think it's important to remember that there are lots of things we can do to help ourselves deal with fibro - but sometimes it will just do what it wants. That loss of control is certainly not my favorite subject (yes, I am a control freak!), but I have to keep saying "It is not my fault I am sick. I can do all the things I know will help me, but sometimes the pain and fatigue will be very bad anyway."
I don't know if I said that right, but I think you know what I mean.
Wishing you peace and comfort - soon!
Hi paddy thanks for the encouragment, it always helps. I am trying to sit this one through, but I keep finding those days where I do too much. My fault I know, I should just say NO when ask to help, but when my family needs me I (almost) never say NO. Then of course there is the control freak thing, yes I totally understand that. I'm just trying to give fibro it's space but I don't want to give it anymore fuel to come back and bite me. I know if I eat better it does help, but when flaring like this my energy for fixing healthier food is not there. So a lot of times it is just put a meal together and get it on the table or if it is a really bad day I send braveman out for something. That is never a healthy good idea!
Seaturtle, I do take Omega 3 and Magnesium Maleate, everyday if I remember it. I have taken the mucinex recently because of chest congestion, but why mucinex. Oh, is that the one with guifenisin? I saw that on the box of something I picked up for braveman the other day and wondered how much of it you have to take to do any good.
Your encouraging words are helping already. I am trying to work through this flare but it has been a stinker, the little brat!!!!
have patience girlfriend,
do your breathing exercises. everyone else covered the bases. remember the silver lining to fibro is that flares do end. remember to go to your happy place when the pain gets big. i know it's hard sometimes to get there. tie a knot in your rope, make a swing, and hang on.
sending energy for you.
Thanks blue, just hearing your words of wisdom helps. I do the breathing exercises everynight....almost...giggle...sometime s the pill takes over and I am off to neverland. I haven't been to my happy place for a while, I need to visit for sure. I love your tie a knot in the rope analogy, I think I have so many knots in my rope it should hold me for a while. I guess I could use those knots to climb up and out couldn't I.
My hope is that yesterday was my last really bad day where I eat too much bad food. I have the greatest admiration for those who can stay on a healthy diet all the time, but especially when their fibro flares. I think one of my problems is I just don't give it up and stay in bed all or most of the day. I fight it and therefore I wind up snacking all day on comfort food or foods that are quick and handy and easy. Which are usually bad for fibro. I start out with the healthy stuff like fruit etc. but get tired of that and go for the bad stuff. Oh the cravings of a flare.
Take care of yourself, hope you are doing better after your injections.
as always my friend it is an honor to be here for you. i am doing much better. i actually lost weight on the shots. 8 pounds. diet and water and determination.
getting the hang of eating healthy isn't as hard as you think. it starts at the grocery store. just quit buying the garbage and it won't be there to eat. that's how i did and still do it. you can do this. i will do a cartwheel when you get there. bribery. giggle.
peace and hugs,
ps. in a small flare up. just the weather change and not enough greens in my diet while my company was here for 10 days. they did all the cooking and dishes. my kind of company!!! giggle. now i am back to eating my way and i can already feel the difference.