Nausea and fibromyalgia are just about the two worst things you can put together. Not only is nausea one of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia, but it can also be a side effect of many of the medications used to treat it.
Fortunately, gaining control of nausea can be easy if you follow all of the recommendations for treating fibromyalgia, plus a few tips for what to avoid when eating to keep your stomach calm.
While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there is no demand that you suffer more than you should with it too.
Following a good diet
Following a good fibromyalgia diet is usually the first choice in managing nausea and fibromyalgia. While eating a balanced diet that avoids foods known to trigger nausea and inflammation is important, maintaining a healthy body weight is more so.
Fibromyalgia causes joint and muscle pain. If your joints are already under strain from being overweight, it can make a bad situation even worse.
Lifestyle changes are some of the hardest things for people to accept that they need to make, but it is essential to preserving your quality of life.
Making sure you do the right lifestyle changes
Lifestyle changes encompass everything from your sleep hygiene habits to the amount that you exercise. If you have nausea and fibromyalgia the idea of getting more exercise is just about the last thing that you want to do, but it is necessary.
The best way to reduce the symptoms of both is to enable the body’s natural defense systems to work. The most effective is the lymph system and that is dependent on muscle movement to function.
There is more lymph fluid in our body than blood and it is the lymph system that clears toxins from cells and muscles that the blood cannot remove and that are the most harmful.
Foods that you should avoid
If you have nausea and fibromyalgia there are some foods you definitely need to avoid. White flour and sugars all help to contribute to inflammation, but spicy foods and acidic foods can promote nausea.
Avoid citrus foots like oranges and grapefruits, and spicy salsas too. Alcohol and other fermented foods and beverages also can contribute to both nausea and fibromyalgia flare-ups.
Be careful with herbal treatments as well and make sure that you research them carefully before taking them. You also want to make sure that if you take any medications or supplements that you take them with food to avoid nausea too.
Tips that can help you control nausea
One of the easiest ways to control nausea is to take an over the counter antihistamine. Antihistamines will block the area of the brain that triggers the nausea signal so you can avoid this.
Be careful when you do this as the medication can interfere with other medications you are taking, and it can cause drowsiness.
You can also time your eating so you make sure that you are not eating within 4 hours of going to bed.
Nausea has a tendency to become worse when you are lying down. Getting up and moving, even taking a walk, as well as drinking water can help nausea as it will speed the digestive process as well.
What to do if your nausea is chronic
If you do have chronic nausea then you want to see a doctor as they can prescribe an anti-emetic for you. Anti-emetics work in much the same way as anti-histamines but they are stronger.
Emetrol is a common one. The other thing you may consider is getting a prescription for Medical Marijuana.
Medical Marijuana carries more risk than is recommended as a pain reliever, but it is nearly perfect as an anti-emetic with minimal side effects.
It is important that you know that Medical Marijuana and illegal marijuana are not the same thing.
Medical Marijuana is grown and harvested under controlled conditions that conform to health regulations.
As a cash crop, illegal marijuana has to be protected at all costs and it is common for highly toxic pesticides to be used on the plants.
These will cause many side effects that can also exacerbate your symptoms too.
Should you see a doctor about it?
If your nausea and fibromyalgia also involve vomiting, you need to see a doctor. Vomiting can dehydrate you quickly and you could go into cardiac arrest.
This is why it is always important to drink plenty of fluids if you are vomiting, but if you are not stopping, see a doctor or go to your local emergency room or clinic.
You may need an electrolyte IV to put your fluids back in balance before you can continue finding a way to control your nausea and fibromyalgia together.
Why do nausea and fibromyalgia go together?
No one is certain why nausea and fibromyalgia go together so often, but nausea is considered to be one of the primary symptoms in the constellation of fibromyalgia.
What can make things even harder for people to deal with is that some of the pain and anti-inflammatory medications that are prescribed to help the other symptoms of fibromyalgia may also cause nausea to begin.
This is why making sure that your doctor knows all of your symptoms is important.
They may have to give you a medication to prevent or control nausea even if that isn’t a direct symptom of your fibromyalgia, but is a side effect risk of one of the medications you are taking.
Is there a cure for fibromyalgia?
There is no known cure for fibromyalgia, but there has been a lot of progress made in learning what helps to relieve nausea and fibromyalgia.
Very often it isn’t just one approach that works but a combination of medicines, alternative treatments and lifestyle treatments.
One of the best things you can do is to talk to your doctor about all of your options and begin to try them to find what works best for you.