Further elimination of wheat and gluten may have been an additional added benefit to your diet routine. As many as 85% fibromyalgia patients have wheat or gluten sensitivities. Certain chemicals in the foods you eat may trigger the release of neurotransmitters that heighten this sensitivity. Although this diet can be rigorous, the added addition of pain-free days is well worth the effort.
Another food you need to eliminate for two weeks is dairy. Many fibromyalgia sufferers have trouble digesting milk and dairy products. However, once you finish the elimination, you may find that raw dairy products, especially from grass fed organic sources, are well tolerated. Be sure to take your Cal Mag supplements while doing this to ensure you meet your calcium, magnesium, and zinc requirements. After two weeks, begin by adding one dairy product into your diet. Eat this same dairy product for two days to ensure there are not reactions.
Symptoms of Dairy Intolerance include:
* Gastro-intestinal: Diarrhea ; Constipation ; Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ; Stomach bloating,
* Depression, feeling the 'blues',anxiety
* Weight gain - or unexplained weight loss
* Respiratory disorders like Coughing, Asthma, Bronchitis ; Snoring or Sleep Apnea
* Sinus pain and headache
* Chronic fatigue or lethargy or lack of motivation
* Skin disorders like Eczema ; Hives or unexplained rashes
* Stressed immune system: Ear infections, colds and 'flu, bronchitis, Yeast infections e.g. thrush
* Joint aches/ Inflammation
If you note only some minor affects when reintroducing dairy, you may consume it on a rotation basis, once every three to four days.