Fibromyalgia and the Immune System

There have been some possible explanations set forth regarding the immune system mechanisms that may be the causes of fibromyalgia symptoms and food allergies.

Food allergies may have the following effects on immune system mechanisms which may be the cause of fibromyalgia:

  • improper entry of larger food molecules into the bloodstream
  • activation of immune cells and immune complexes
  • chemicals released by active immune cells

In this way, the body’s immune system recognizes foods such as as toxins, which can lead to a variety of symptoms.

Fibromyalgia Treatment of Food Allergies

While there has been little information available from the scientific community regarding the specific effects of foods for fibromyalgia patients, diet and nutrition changes are among the most highly recommended treatments for fibromyalgia.

Different fibromyalgia patients have different food sensitivities and allergies. For example, some are allergic to dairy, wheat and corn, while others are not. Keeping a food diary and paying close attention to which foods seem to provoke the onset of fibromylagia symptoms is recommended.

Other foods that are associated with fibromyalgia symptoms such as muscle pain include the following:

  • highly acidic foods
  • foods in the nightshade family such as tomatoes
  • potatoes
  • eggplant
  • peppers
  • red meat
  • cow milk products
  • wheat products
  • sugar

In addition, it is recommended that coffee, chocolate, soda and alcohol be completely eliminated from the diet.

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1. Food Allergies
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