I do not have fibro, but very severe atherosclerosis.
Reading the description of Fibromyalgia, it sounds somewhat like a vascular condition in which the capillaries of the muscles can not get enough oxygen, on an ongoing basis, so they hurt.
I must eat a very low fat diet, or it will bring on strong chest pain in 4 to 24 hours. So of course, I don't do that to myself. I found out the hard way in having something I thought would be ok, once a year for four years. Four for four tells me it will happen again, so I don't do that.
I had bypass surgery, but was left with another dozen inoperable blockages.
My question is as to whether any people with fibro have tried an extremely low fat diet such as I do, plus it is very high in anti-oxidants, green tea and pistachios, and pomegranate juice.
Blockages worsen when LDL cholesterol is oxidized, and taken up in immune cells that have tried to fix artery damage. In the case of fibro, this could be in muscle capillaries. High and frequent anti-oxidants in the diet would reduce this, or possibly eliminate it if LDL is low.
Green tea and pistachios, and exercise, help stimulate EPCs, stem cells for artery repair. This prevents new blockages.
Pomegranate is 1) a strong anti-oxidant; 2) an enhancer of function of good cholesterol to remove excess LDL, as does exercise; and 3) it causes blockages to slowly release oxidized LDL, shrinking them and improving blood flow and delivery of oxygen to downstream tissue.
The first year after bypass surgery, I had sharp point like pains in my heart 8 to 10 times a day or so, as if spasms in capillaries caused bits of muscle to be short of oxygen for 2-10 seconds or so. But with time, and my diet and exercise habits, these became fewer and fewer. Now they are rare.
I wonder if anyone has tried such a diet for some months to see if they find improvement, or if any might be willing to stick this out for a year or more. I have been eating this way for 6 and 1/2 years, and I am mostly pain and angina free.
Low stress is also important, since that causes increases in blood pressure that can damage circulation, which sets up new blockage sites.
I do forget lots of stuff, so that might be where I have my new mini-blockages. Bu my heart is doing ok, and no fibro.View Thread
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