Many Peers seem to get a whole better, if not completely better, after doing a allergy test; especially when it comes to food allergies. I remain skeptical as I can not find any empirical research, but, I do feel it is an area that one should pursue if they can. Or, if they feel strongly that this is what is related to their pain. Health insurance plans may be the determinant as to whether one can find this answer, however, there are Alternative practitioners that can help you do an elimination diet.
The research article posted above is very complex. It goes into every working body dysfunction when one has chronic fatigue and/or fibromyalgia. That said, it is worth working your way through it. For those who have suffered for many years and for those who are new to the diagnosis, it offers a breakdown of each area that may, or is, out of whack. I did a quick skim and found more information than I have after 17 years of living with fibromyalgia! I intend to go back over it slowly and think about what pieces may apply to me.
Food allergies. Recently, I began a new style of eating as a member of my household was diagnosed with diabetes, type 2. Soon thereafter, I began experiencing intense and painful gut issues, which changed my diet to an extremely limited one. I can not say that I feel better in terms of my pain. I can say that despite these changes, reading labels and eating limited foods in small amounts, that I do not know if I am allergic to these few food types and would fare better if I did eat limited and small foods that are different from these current ones.
Although this article is not about these items, the research above delves into probable causes of chronic fatigue, perhaps depression, and fibromyalgia. PTSD, which changes our brain perhaps permanently in our neurotransmitters, viruses that we may have had, or have that started the cascade into fatigue and brain fog, and traumatic childhoods. I have written about inheriting genes from our grandmothers who had trauma, that then is possibly causing our bodies to feel the trauma and derail the transmitters.
I will be looking into this subject more in our new year of 2016. I am happy to be back at my computer, blogging away with advocacy and positive hopes. The holidays were quiet and stressful. The winter weather is, as always, very difficult. I wish all of you the least stressful and painful year possible,