The pain and discomfort from Fibromyalgia usually limits the functional activity and lifestyle. Factors including pain, hypersensitivity, tenderness and sleep disturbances can disrupt normal everyday activities.

Maintaining a regular exercise program and getting enough rest and sleep usually helps.

Additionally, making changes to your dietary habits may further improve the symptoms, function and thereby the quality of life.

Kick Aspartame Out of Your Diet

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is commonly used in place of sugar. Many patients with Fibromyalgia experience  exacerbation of their symptoms if they take this additive. Replacing this with a small amount of regular sugar in the diet is a reasonable option, even for those who may be trying to loose weight.

No More MSG, Sodium Nitrate, and Caffeine

In many patients these chemicals may lead to worsening of symptoms. Even caffeine, in the long run may lead to tiredness after a brief spell of excitation. Chemicals, in general, can have toxic effects that may not be right for a healthy diet.

A Well Rounded Diet

A wholesome well-rounded diet, that includes fresh fruits, vegetables, protein and healthy oils is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat low fat dairy and lean proteins whenever possible.

Avoid Processed foods

Processed foods may be high in saturated fat, salt, and preservatives. Many patients with chronic pain including those with Fibromyalgia and chronic headaches note worsening of their symptoms with these foods.


The old adage, watch what you eat, is important not just for regular health but more in those suffering from chronic illnesses including Fibromyalgia. Making small changes in the diet may lead to big improvement in symptoms.