Dietary Modifications and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common rheumatic condition with an unknown etiology. The role of diet in the treatment of FM has been the subject of a small but growing body of research, particularly in Scandinavian nations, with results showing benefits in pain reduction, sleep quality, and general health.

Removal of dietary excitotoxins, alteration of cytokines, reduced oxidative stress, improved bowel flora, and central nervous system chemical modification may result from dietary modifications in FM. Based on this review of the literature, it can be concluded that dietary modification may provide relief in a subset of FM patients and certainly warrants further investigation.