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February 2009 Issue

Little Evidence of a Diet Link to Fibromyalgia

Despite popular book titles to the contrary, there is no real "fibro- myalgia diet." Little progress has been made in unraveling a diet connection to what causes fibromyalgia, though the latest thinking is that diet may play a role in helping reduce the pain that accompanies the condition. Trouble is, experts arenít quite sure yet exactly which foods are best or whether avoiding certain foods would help.Fibromyalgia Defined. Fibromyalgia is a nonspecific disorderósome say syndromeóthatís described as a constellation of symptoms causing muscle pain and unrelenting fatigue. Sufferers have "tender points" on the body, generally on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms and legs, as well as sleep disturbances and gastrointestinal symptoms.

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