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Fibromyalgia Food Triggers

April 11th, 2010

I have been spending the past few days researching other foods that might be making me sick. I had such a horrible reaction to pepperoni several days ago that a reader, Joanne Unleashed, thought that maybe it was Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) that was also making me ill. Since going gluten-free this is a flavor enhancer that has made its way out of my diet because I have naturally been eating more fruits and vegetables, and avoiding processed foods.

Livestrong.com seems to confirm that MSG can trigger Fibro flareups. Livestrong also suggests avoiding nightshade vegetables like potatoes and tomatoes, Gluten containing grains, artificial sweeteners and food additives. It also mentions carrageenan as being an ingredient where MSG can hide.

Celebrating Easter, my first holiday gluten-free, was trying as I didn’t get to eat my mom’s homemade rolls. I may have overindulged a bit, and was glutened once, but my recovery has been extremely slow for some reason. The weather is great and I should be feeling so much better.

I’m very glad I came across this Livestrong.com article because I told my husband this morning that I am suspecting my new multivitamin I just started this week as being a culprit in my flare up. When I purchased it I made sure that it was labeled gluten free. After growing frustrated not being able to find a multivitamin in the adult section, I went to the kids vitamins and picked up a chewable tablet. Gluten-free, check!

I am such a dumb-dumb sometimes and this learning curve seems to keep getting steeper. I already cut out artificial sweeteners from my diet over a year ago because I recognized aspartame was leaving a weird taste in my mouth and causing migraines. But guess what this kids vitamin has in it? Both Carrageenan and Sucralose! Ugh. My throat started to swell up this morning after taking my medicines and this is the only change in my meds. I think I’ll just go and bang my head against the wall now.

If anyone has any recommendations on a good gluten-free multivitamin I am all ears. Also, since I may be having a reaction to Carrageenan, I’m now in the market for a fluoride-free, Carrageenan-free toothpaste….uhm maybe I’ll just use good old fashioned baking soda.

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  1. Donna
    April 13th, 2010 at 09:59 | #1

    We share the same gluten sensitivities. About a year ago, I found ProHealth.com and have been using their Fibro multi vitamin with malic acid ever sense. I promise you it has made an incredible difference in my energy levels, my resistance to flare ups and my ability to bounce back. They have a couple of other products like Think Clear and two different fibro energy supplements that are great. The added bonus for me is that they don’t really advertise and they plow a portion of their revenues into research on the stuff that matters to us!

  2. August 21st, 2010 at 16:49 | #2

    I know this is a bit late, but just in case you are still looking. Country Life Vitamins are Certified Gluten Free.
    Here’s a link to the multi I take

    I chose a liquid vitamin because I already have so many pills to take, but they have others. However, this liquid doesn’t taste bad all by it self, I had planned to mix it in smoothies or juice, but I don’t mind the taste.

    They actually sent me a sample (and it was a full sized bottle).
    Since you have a blog you could probably write them and ask for a sample in return for a Review on your blog. They contacted me, and still offer me samples of things now and them. One thing they offered I was allergic to though, it was a vitamin that is supposed to help with stress, but it had some flower in it and I just sneezed and itched the whole time I took it.

    Good Luck!

  3. August 21st, 2010 at 18:31 | #3

    I’ll look into it. Thanks!

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