Can Some Vegetables Make Fibromyalgia Worse?

Fibromyalgia is becoming an increasingly common disorder. Out of every 50 people living in the United States, 1 of them struggles with fibromyalgia. This means that up to 6 million people are affected by this disorder. Fibromyalgia ranks second among the diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system, coming in after osteoarthritis.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by pain throughout the body, extreme tiredness, and problems with thinking ability, also known as brain fog. Most commonly, women of childbearing age are affected. However, men and children can also develop this disorder. Researchers are not sure what the cause of fibromyalgia is. There is no specific lab test, so a diagnosis is made only after ruling out any other problems.

Recently, an article was published that points to vegetables in the nightshade family as a possible irritant for those suffering from fibromyalgia. The nightshade family includes eggplant, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes. These vegetables contain solanine, which is a toxin. It makes inflammation of the joints much worse in some people. Medical doctors advise against eating vegetables in the nightshade family if a person has fibromyalgia. 50% of people tested with fibromyalgia reacted negatively to vegetables containing solanine.

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Fibromyalgia comes from problems in the central nervous system that causes a person to feel pain more intensely than those without fibromyalgia. Sometimes, this is due to a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae. A misalignment here can lead to pressure being put on the brainstem, hindering communication to and from the body and brain. The central nervous system is responsible for controlling inflammation and digestion. This may be why a sensitivity to nightshade vegetables is seen in fibromyalgia patients.

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