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Fibromyalgia & Weight Gain

For those diagnosed with fibromyalgia, the struggle at times may seem relentless. Lifestyle remedies can help relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia and is something that is worth looking into. Many people find that maintaining a healthy balanced diet and engaging in regular physical exercise can help reduce symptoms and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia.

Although there is no complete understanding of what causes fibromyalgia, research is continually being carried out to determine the cause and it does suggest that there is a link and interaction between physical, mental and psychological factors in each sufferer. Trauma in particular can be cause.

Fibromyalgia and exercise

Due to the pain associated with fibromyalgia, along with chronic fatigue, patients may find exercise and daily physical activity more difficult. This can be a vicious circle as lack of exercise can naturally result in weight gain, which can exacerbate feelings of depression and self-worth.

Alongside professional medical treatment you can make changes to your lifestyle and your activity levels which may have a positive impact on your fibromyalgia symptoms and help offset fibromyalgia weight gain. Research has shown that engaging in aerobic exercise for 20–30 minutes per day a few days per week may help reduce symptoms and fatigue in people with fibromyalgia.

Other physical activities that may help alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms include:

  • tai chi
  • weightlifting
  • yoga
  • swimming

 

Fibromyalgia and weight gain

When you are in pain and exhausted, it is understandable to have a lack of motivation towards exercise, and many people with fibromyalgia find they are more sedentary than they used to be. This can lead to a loss of muscle strength and stamina and can be a difficult cycle to break, however extra weight can lead to more severe fibromyalgia symptoms.

Research published in 2018 compared symptom severity between women with fibromyalgia who were “normal” weight, overweight, and obese based on their body-mass index and researchers say the obese women had:

  • Higher pain levels
  • More tender points (which are used to diagnose fibromyalgia)
  • Higher disease activity levels
  • More frequent depression

Weight management programmes, a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, and regular exercise can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated to fibromyalgia, however when it comes to exercise remember to pay close attention to your limits and know your body’s warning signs so as not to overdo it and cause a fibro flare up.

 

 

If you are suffering from fibromyalgia as a result of an injury or accident that was not your fault, and even if you have an existing claim, get in touch with Brian Barr Solicitors to see if we can assist. It is simple and hassle free to move your claim to Brian Barr solicitors who are experts in dealing with chronic pain litigation. Call us today on 0161 737 9248 or visit our website (www.brianbarr.co.uk) to find out more.

 

We do not endorse any research, studies or sources mentioned within our blogs and comments. The blog is for information purposes only as we are not medical professionals. We do not endorse any medical advice provided, and would strongly recommend anyone seeking medical advice to contact their local healthcare provider before any changes to treatment and/or management of your condition is undertaken.

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