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Some dietary DOs and DON’Ts for Fibromyalgia and related conditions…

Since Fibromyalgia and all related conditions are caused by inflammatory response of the body to various ‘triggers’ , it would be quite sensible to eliminate those triggers. One can try identifying those ‘triggers’ and eliminate them for while to see if it brings any change in the pain pattern.

One of those ‘triggers’ is gluten, as it has been seen that many Fibromyalgia sufferers develop some kind of gluten intolerance or allergy at some point. Read here in detail about Gluten and inflammation.Eliminating gluten from the diet can be a good way to prevent Gluten induced inflammation.

Another trigger can be due to stress and insomnia. A disturbed sleep cycle can cause chronic increase in Cortisol, the hormone which prepares the body to be prepared for a Fight or Flight condition. Chronic increase in Cortisol can cause inflammation as it keeps the blood sugar high for longer periods of time and later meddles with insulin management too. The Adrenal gland that secretes this hormone also gets fatigued and there is greater inflammation due to this.

Cortisol is also produced to counter the Histamines (immune response) induced by gluten. So if there is stress and there is gluten in the diet too, the problem gets multiplied. Any sugar consumption would make it even worse for obvious reasons. Read this post about some more ill effects of gluten if one is sensitive to it and how t becomes all the more inflammatory in packaged food.

The few ingredients and food items to be eliminated to get relief from the symptoms would be…

Sugar

Refined carbohydrates

Gluten (all wheat products)

Packaged food as most preservatives and additives deplete antioxidants and anti inflammatory substances from the body

Alcohol

All vegetables oils (especially refined oils) as they are rich in omega-6 fatty acids which are inflammatory in nature.

All kinds of trans fats

The few ingredients and supplements that can bring relief from the symptoms…

All nut and seed oils as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are anti inflammatory(olive oil, mustard oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, coconut oil etc)

flax seeds and fish oil supplements for omega-3 fatty acids

Vitamin B5(pantothenic acid) supplements

All foods containing Vitamin C and E

Lots of fresh vegetables and leafy greens

Fruits of various colors

Pineapple, ginger, garlic, turmeric, raw onions, bananas, fenugreek leaves, Drumstick leaves, flowers and pods are all foods that would help fighting inflammation and supplement the system suitably.

Loads of green tea and Tulsi tea with ginger or lemon grass

 

I hope it helps a few people to manage the pain symptoms. Take care and choose functional food.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Purple Pact finally gets rolling …

So a lot many things had been going on in the back ground with regard to Purple Pact and I just did not have the time to blog about it. One thing is for sure, which the last week has made me realise – setting up an organisation which is connected with something you hold close gives you an amazing rush of energy. So while I suffered 108 hours of continuous Fibro pain, there was something in me that made me go all the way and ensure that in one week a lot of work has been done. Let’s keep this crisp and to the point 🙂

  • The FB group seems to be going great with support pouring in all over the world. 
  • Purple Pact gets featured by the online women magazine B’khush and oh boy the response has been overwhelming!!!
  • Purple Pact is all set to be registered in 2 months (yayyyyy) and just a few documents need to be framed now with the entire structure sorted out 
  • Response to internship for Purple Pact has been outstanding, to say less and the internships will be rolling in from April 2012 – do spread the word please. We are basically looking for people in the pharma or medico field – studying or working and ready to blog, help us out in the website stuff and all. Detailed list of activities is available over mail 🙂
  • The portal design is also under deliberation and am checking out a lot of samples – do let me know if any ideas 🙂

That is all that’s happened in a week, sorry if that seems less but I had a back-breaking week – literally. Will start blogging about the main issues soon. Till then please stick to the pact! 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Just another WordPress site?

And the answer is a melange of “yes” and “no’!

For the yes’s it is indeed again one of those help attempts to the millions that exist. And ‘no’ cause this is the first time I am setting up one, and can vehemently say that it’s with a passion.

So what is this all about? Is it a self-help forum? Is it a medico repository? or is it a rant dashboard? 

If you ask me, it’s none of the above and yet much more than the above. It’s about all those ailments that have the ‘purple’ tag. In case you do not know, purple is the color for chronic pain and this portal is an attempt to talk about all those ailments which in India are still attributed to psycho-somatic disorders.

Chronic pain is pain (an unpleasant sense of discomfort) that persists or progresses over a long period of time. In contrast to acute pain that arises suddenly in response to a specific injury and is usually treatable, chronic pain persists over time and is often resistant to medical treatments. Also, it might be an onset of diseases like Fibromyalgia, Pins and Needles, Spine degeneration and the like which are still at nascent stages in India.

Though specialized doctors exist in India, they are rare and the therapists for such diseases are rarer. 

Being a sufferer of more than one such disease this is my attempt to bring into the Indian sub-continent the awareness and information about all such diseases. Am joining hands with the doctors, researchers I know to post here all information about such diseases.

The aim is not only to empower but also to help discover where in India help is available which might go a long way to aid people like me, who have struggled against odds often to find that one perfect doctor or physiotherapist.

Thus, I invite you to sign up for Purple Pact and contribute to the growing knowledge repository and take the first steps towards building an aware community. 

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Uncategorized