Originally Posted by Bellamack
Kaploids, I have fibro and NO Carbs & gluten free has helped me alot. I was diagnosed in 1991, at that time I had never heard of it. It is a beast and is not predictable when it will rear it's ugly head. I took meds for years, but haven't taken anything for it in over 4 years as it caused my liver enzymes to go up. Try no carb and no gluten for 6 - 8 weeks and see if it helps
I do avoid all gluten and most carbs, and it has helped tremendously. When I started, I was virtually bedridden. Slowly I'm becoming more functional.
I did a lot of experimenting and have found my perfect carb window. Too few and my blood sugar goes wonky and I get weak, headachey, dizzy and will even pass out. Too many and the fibro and autoimmune symptoms start flaring.
I may be able to reduce carbs more as I lose weight and get my blood sugar under better control. I'm already finding this to be true. Intermittent fasting used to be absolutely impossible for me. Now I can use IF occasionally (if I'm not going to be exercising that day).
Without a carb-controlled, gluten-free diet, good sleep, and as much movement as I'm able to handle, I'm sure I'd be in much worse shape.
The biggest problem with treating fibro is that it has to be fought on so many fronts - sleep, exercise, diet, stress management, sunlight (or vitamin D), medications and supplements, schedule-keeping, social supports, weather monitoring.... so many balls to juggle that it's so easy to drop several without realizing it.
Sometimes you even have to even set down some balls so you can concentrate on the most important ones - or to find out which ones are the most important.
Sleep for me is #1 and diet is a close #2. Exercise should be #3, but it's the ball I'm most likely to drop.
Everyone with fibro seems to have a different set of variables to juggle in slightly different orders, but it seems like sleep, diet, and stress are almost always at or near the top.