Going Gluten Free for Fibromyalgia

Photo by Eduardo Feo

Photo by Eduardo Feo

I’m an avid researcher. When I have a topic in my head, I’ll read every single thing I can get my hands on. As someone who went through infertility treatments to have my kids, I don’t feel I’d have the three of them today if I wasn’t on top of everything and asking questions. In fact, when we changed fertility specialists I knew exactly what I wanted to try and explained my reasoning to the doctor. Turned out that he agreed with me, and then he asked what type of physician I was, which at the time made my husband roll his eyes and say, “She only plays one on the computer.”

The point is, I want to learn everything I can, good and bad, when dealing with an illness or issue. I’m currently in mad research mode with fibromyalgia. I plan on discussing Gabapentin with my rheumatologist, as I have heard a lot of people having success with taking it for chronic nerve pain. I’d love to hear your thoughts on Gabapentin if you’ve taken it (did it work? side effects?).

But the other thing I keep reading about is a gluten free diet. Between Dr. Oz talking about the Wheat Belly diet for people who suffer from autoimmune issues, to even reading blogs on treatment recommendations for fibro. I keep seeing gluten-free diet.

I don’t know about you, but a gluten-free diet scares me. I think it’s more that I’m intimidated to try it. It’s daunting. I look in the gluten-free section and think, oh great there are alternatives I can use, but it’s the eating out that scares me the most. I don’t know if you’ve checked, but gluten is in so many things.

I could easily cut out bread and cereals with gluten. Those things aren’t that big of a deal for me, but I am overwhelmed by reading all the labels. There is another issue of concern and that is the expense of it all. Gluten-free products can be expensive. I certainly won’t switch my kids to a gluten-free diet — I have enough trouble getting two of them to eat now.

It just seems like this difficult decision that you really have to stick to for a few weeks before you even know if it’s working. That’s asking a lot of me. I did my three day cleanse fairly easily because I knew it was only three days. Going gluten-free is a lifestyle change…forever!

So now what? I think I probably should try it because if it helps with the inflammation and chronic pain, it would be worth it. I suppose I start by planning my week of food and snacks, but I’d love to hear from anyone who has tried the gluten-free diet. Do you think it helps? Have you noticed a true difference in pain or inflammation?

I’d also love to hear of your favorite gluten-free products? From what I’ve read, some are definitely better than others. The last thing I need is to cook something gross and get discouraged. I don’t think it’s going to take much to discourage me with this, but I’m gearing up to give it a try.

I’m going to need some support here. I don’t think cannoli are gluten-free and that in itself is a big deal. I’m just putting it out there that a life without cannoli would suck!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julie
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 05:42:24

    I went gf for my Fibromyalgia 2 years ago and it was the best thing I ever did. Do this for 6 mo before you try any other drugs. It is hard at first just because of the learning curve but once you learn what to avoid & where to get the items you need it’s no problem. I, personally, have found it easiest to not deal with the replacement options. A cleaner diet of whole foods (avoiding processed junk) is not only healthier but easier. The few processed items I do eat have so few ingredients that reading the label is easy. I say do this before trying meds because you may find you don’t need the meds if you change your diet. Gabapentin is the one med I could not get off and I think it’s somewhat a system dependence issue. If I had it to do over I’d have changed my diet before doing any of the meds. It would have saved me a lot of headaches. That said, gabapentin has worked for me for the nerve pain and I’ve never really had any side effects with it.

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  2. Marlene
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 06:15:32

    I to research a lot, husband has same response as yours. At 34 years old I was being assured spots on mammogram was not cancer. NO! I want biopsy, 3 days later aggressive cancer. Now 47 BRCA 1 positive. For my Fibromyalgia no Valentine never worked. I have tried so many medications, the depressant meds made me mentally unstable. I did not know for years, I thought the depression was symptom. But after all the sideeffects, doctor’s not listening to me I stopped all meds. The only symptoms not gone is the pain, fatigue, insomnia, feeling of anxiety. But I do not feel it is a symptom due to the Fibro. The fact doctors won’t listen, they tell me how Im feeling. Family, friends, strangers see me as looking good, no way something is wrong its in my head. Good look on your journey, please let me know if you find something that works

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