For undiagnosed fibromyalgia patients, one of the first signs of fibromyalgia often occurs with digestive issues. These issues are a key characteristic of food allergies/sensitivities, which are common in fibromyalgia.
The Fibromyalgia Symptoms website (www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org) lists the following symptoms of food allergies, which resemble symptoms of fibromyalgia:
- lack of motivation
- fatigue, including “motor fatigue”
- feeling of being poisoned
Other non-digestive symptoms of food allergies include:
- joint and muscle pains
- skin rashes
- weight fluctuations
- anemia/nutritional deficiency
- mental fogginess
- nerve pain (neuropathy)
What causes food allergies as well as how they manifest—whether instantly or over time; also called a “delayed reaction”—-remains a puzzle to doctors and researchers. With fibromyalgia, it is believed the weakened immune system factors into the development of the allergies. With food allergies, fibromyalgia patients often develop abdominal pain, usually due to irritable bowel syndrome; bladder problems, cold intolerance, dry eyes and dry mouth, numbness or tingling, restless legs syndrome, secondary growth hormone deficiency, secondary psychological problems, and sleep apnea.
All of the above symptoms should be brought to the attention of a doctor, who can make dietary recommendations.
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