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Fibromyalgia and Inflammation????
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Kristina17 - February 26

Hi all,

Hope you are all having some really great days of health and happiness!!

What are the links with Fibro and inflammation?? I have seemed to be getting worse inflammation in a number of places. I have chronic rhino-sinusitis, and fibro, but have recently also developed capsulitis in the shoulders (with some iregularity in the bursa as well). I have iron deficiency and insulin resistance in addition to these.

This development of more inflammation in my 25-year-old body has got me wondering and questioning what is going on. Are there any similar stories?? Any ideas or advice??



Fantod - February 26

Kristina17 - Fibromyalgia does not cause inflammation. Inflammation is caused by underlying problems associated with Fibromyalgia (FMS) such as bursitis, osteoarthitis, RA etc.

Bursitis is pretty common among people with FMS. Same goes for carpal tunnel and tendonitis. I have bursitis in both hips and shoulders. I've been treated for it but bursitis can be very persistent.

If you are insulin resistant than you need to change your diet. Insulin resistance will add to overall inflammation in your body. By the way, deep fried foods, lunch meat and red wine (nitrates) will all ratchet up your pain levels.
Avoid all artifical sweetners including Splenda too. If you need a sweetner, use something made with the nontoxic Stevia plant like Truvia or SunCrystals.

I hope that my comments are helpful to you. Take care.


January - February 26

Fantod has great information. Please also google information on mycoplasma infections and gluten allergies. Gluten intolerance is linked to the development of diabetes (first you get insulin resistance) in a lot of people.

My glucose levels were creeping higher and I was told I was "pre-diabetic." I quit taking Cymbalta (which can aggravate diabetes in some) AND I went gluten free. Two years later, I had blood glucose levels in the 80's which is the lowest they've been since I remember.

I credit the gluten free diet.

Good luck!


kvc33 - February 26

My relative was also told that she was pre-diabetic before she went on a gluten-free diet. She had terrible IBS symptoms for years which turned out to be all about what she was eating.Also, in some people flour and water act like glue in the intestines and they can not digest it which causes gastrointestinal distress. If you want to lose weight just give up grains! That means you give up cookies, cakes, bread rolls and sugary cereals at the same time. Kristina, your chronic rhino-sinusitis suggests that something you are breathing in, taking or eating is causing an allergic reaction. The sinuses are trying to clear it for you.


January - February 27

I agree with kvc - sounds like you might have allergies. See if you can get tested? If you are still eating gluten, now is the time to get a blood test for celiac disease.

Can you share about the capsulitis in your shoulder? I am having shoulder pain (and am affirming that it's healing, as my hip has finally healed!). How did they diagnose capsulitis on you? And what was the recommended treatment? I've been asking around, and several people have had surgery for shoulder pain. I don't want to go there!

I just remembered, I had lots of high level inflammation markers in blood work. I was having dental infections treated, but the antibiotics made me very sick. The surgeon told me I would keep growing these infections. A few years on the gluten free diet, and the inflammation markers were all normal.


Fantod - February 27

January - Capsulitis is frozen shoulder.


January - February 28

Thanks for the info Fantod. I hadn't put that together yet. I've been reading as I can, about different possible diagnoses. I am, at this point, leaning toward adhesive capsulitis. Often, that resolves over time with no surgery. YAY! Just need to keep moving it gently. What's creepy is the underlying diseases connected with it.

Probably NSAIDs would help, but my stomach can't tolerate them at all any more. Pineapple it is!


Fantod - March 1

I just started Serrapeptase to see how it works. Yesterday I was really having a tough time with the pain in my shoulders. Another day without a bra.... Took Serrapeptase and about an hour later I noticed that my hips and shoulders were feeling a lot more comfortable. I'm actually moving pretty well today too which is nothing short of a miracle. I'll keep you posted on this. Cheers!


January - March 1

W-O-W, this is great to hear! I guess we can thank mshouler for letting us know about this. I skimmed over one site where someone felt it helped with blood flow to the brain. Looks like it has a lot of applications.

Good luck with it fantod!


du20 - January 12

Please use caution with Truvia! I had a terrible reaction to Truvia after using health-food store stevia products for years. It was the erythritrol. I wouldn't wish the cramping diarrhea on anyone! If you buy true stevia it will be green because it is a ground-up leaf. I use it regularly. Yum. You can also buy stevia extract powder at a health food store. That is white and has an aftertaste. I don't mind it. My husband hates it. I find the bottled powder to be preferable to the packets because it is not cut with anything and doesn't waste paper unnecessarily. I prefer it to liquid, too, because it's much less expensive. Hope this helps someone who is trying to eliminate sugar so they can recover enough health to be able to have a life. It is worth it!


January - January 14

du20 Thank you! That is interesting information. Buy the green stevia!



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