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    How can a good diet help me cope with fibromyalgia?

    I suffer from pain and fatigue (fibromyalgia). I have heard that certain foods can help with the symptoms… what are they?
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    Samantha Ling

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Samantha is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD), consultant and food and nutrition enthusiast. Samantha works in a private practice on the Central Coast, NSW, Rostant … View Profile

    Unfortunately, to date there is no scientific proof that a special diet will help manage fibromyalgia. However, losing any extra weight and consuming a balanced, healthy diet will help you feel in control of your body. By providing your body with the right nutrients you're eliminating the possibility of any deficiencies that may be present regardless of your condition (such as iron and vitamin B12 which is often associated with tiredness). In some cases, consuming a diet higher in fibre may help alleviate some of the symptoms of irritable bowel associated with fibromyalgia. In this case, talking to an Accredited Practicing Dietitian about ways to increase your fibre intake may be beneficial for you. 

    For guidelines on what a ‘balanced, healthy diet’ is, visit:

    http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/health-pubhlth-publicat-document-fdcons-cnt.htm  



    Generally, treating fibromyalgia revolves around managing the symptoms. With the right advice most people find that they learn to manage the pain and tiredness over time - it would be worthwhile talking to your GP if you find your symptoms are affecting your ability to perform your daily activities.  

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