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Fibromyalgia and Gluten

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Have you been told that along with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance, you also have Fibromyalgia? If you have, you’re not alone. What exactly is Fibromyalgia? Well, there are certainly a lot of theories out there about what it is, and how it should be treated. Up until recently, it was considered an “invisible disease” (much like Celiac), and doctors would often diagnose it if they couldn’t find anything else wrong with you. In other words, instead of telling you, “you’re a hypochondriac,” they would say, “You have Fibromyalgia,” and give you an anti-depressant like Cymbalta, to help ease your symptoms.

Thankfully, with more and more people (especially women), complaining of similar symptoms, Fibromyalgia has finally gotten recognition as a legitimate disease. Some of the typical symptoms are body aches and pains, food intolerance, inflammation, depression, and sleeplessness. (All similar symptoms to Celiac and Gluten problems.)

With so many theories of what causes Fibromyalgia, and what will ease the symptoms, I have decided to treat my Fibro believing that it is all of these things:

1) Vitamin D Deficiency. 
Many women with Fibromyalgia have been found to be extremely LOW in Vitamin D. Some women have been helped by taking high doses of Vitamin D (even up to 50,000 IU per day for a month). It’s probably a good idea if you have symptoms of Fibro to get your Vitamin D levels checked. Don’t take high doses unless your doctor tells you that you need them! Vitamin D has been shown to to be extremely beneficial in treating inflammation, and even helps those with insulin resistance, another problem many with Fibro and / or Celiac may experience. Some other great ways of “upping” your Vitamin D intake include getting plenty of SUN exposure (at least 20 min a day with no sunscreen)….and drinking fortified Coconut Milk. (The SO Brand is my favorite).

2) Protein Deficiency
Dr. Brice E. Vickery of the SuperNutrient Corporation, believes that the root cause of Fibromyalgia is protein deficiency. He believes in treating Fibromyalgia with a diet high in Protein and Veggies…..very little sugar, and go figure…. NO GLUTEN! (As sugar and gluten are some of the main dietary causes of inflammation, which leads to Fibro pain). I have read his book “Beat the Yeast, Boot the Gluten,” and have experienced much relief when I follow as strict a diet as possible. Dr. Vickery also notes that Fibro patients almost always come up deficient in sulfur, an extremely important trace mineral in our guts. His amino acid supplements contain sulfur, and you can also get dietary sulfur from onions, fish, poultry, eggs, and legumes.


3) Inability for Kidneys to Flush out Excess Phosphate Buildup. 
Dr. St. Amand of the Fibromyalgia Treatment Center in Marina Del Rey, Ca, has achieved much recognition for his work with Fibromyalgia Research. I would recommend that anyone suffering with Fibromyalgia check out his book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia, and give his protocol a try. He treats Fibro with a simple, over the counter medication, Guaifenesin. The hardest part of following this treatment is that you have to avoid all salicylates in your facial products, makeups, creams, lotions, etc. Any amount of salicylates will block Guaifenesin from working to “flush out” phosphate buildup. But once you get the hang of it, and find products that you love, this medicine works great. I have been on it for about a year now with no “blockers” and am feeling good. Since hypoglycemia is another issue I deal with, I also have to follow the dietary restrictions set by Dr. St. Amand. That means no potatoes, rice, and corn. So my diet has become pretty much grain-free…which is tricky, but it’s worth it to feel better.


For those of you suffering with Fibromyalgia, first go 100% Gluten-Free…..then look into these other causes / treatments. I promise you, there is hope. You WILL feel better if you take the steps and have the discipline to do so.


Have a happy Gluten-Free, Fibro-Free day! =D


♥ Christie
Author Information: Christie Bessinger, Fresno, CA
Publisher, Celiac Scoop Blog
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  1. I am struggling with the gluten free diet as well as eliminating my diet Mt. Dews. I thought I could switch to Crystal Light, but that is not recommended. I have had to quit work to try and get a handle on all of this. But the stress of all these changes and no money is making things even worse. I need to go a day at a time, and before I can embrace all of this, I need to go to a great grocery store which is not available since I live in a very rural area. Are there some simple ways to get started? I have eliminated bread, crackers, etc. at this time, but my pantry is nearly empty. Everything else has gluten in it.
    I plan to fix a meatloaf without any filler in it. I am looking for some advice.

    • I’m not a meatloaf tomato catsup person…….I use Progresso mushrm soup (gf) and the gf 4C bread crumbs, seasoned. Mix your bread crumbs with 2 eggs to soften, add garlic, more spices, your choice, 1/2 c parmesan cheese and 2/3 can of the soup…… mix, then add your beef and mix til incorporated… don’t over mix. Place in loaf pan, crease the center and pour the balance of soup… bake 350, cover with foil if browning too fast and enjoy!!
      Always remember room temp ingredients!

  2. Just found this article and thought I’d share my experiences. Many years ago I suffered from ME. Although it slowly become less of a problem it never really went away. I learned to live with it, taking brewer’s yeast and evening primrose. Recently I had a lot of problems with joint, muscle pain in many areas. After a lot of visits to the doctor it was the general opinion that it was fibromyalgia. I live a very active life, I am a farmer and horse rider, and did not wish to give up anything before I have to. I started to go regularly to a sport physio who on one visit suggested I try to avoid gluten for a month to see if it helped. After 1 week I noticed a big difference, and have stuck to it ever since. In hind sight I never really enjoyed pastries or pasta and felt very full and bloated after them. I have also lost weight, although I was not over weight I am now much fitter and therefore more able to deal with my ups and downs of fibro.Hope this is of interest to others.

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