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Is sugar causing you pain?
August 07, 2012

Sugar and chronic pain

Can sugar cause chronic pain?

Yes, and there seems to be a new study every day confirming it.

White table sugar greatly increases pain - this is especially true for sufferers of fibromyalgia. Sugar is linked to the mineral loss associated with diets high in refined sugar. Your muscles rely on calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium for easy contraction and relaxation. A diet high in sugar will cause your kidneys to extract these minerals quickly. Your body then scavenges its bones and muscles to make up for the mineral loss in your blood. This process results in your muscles which are already less flexible due to fibromyalgia, even more spastic.

So what does this mean for you?

It means you should be doing the following.

1. Always keep track of your pain. Use a journal to track when and under what circumstances your pain generates.

2. Even more importantly, you should keep track of those foods and substances that cause you pain. I can guarantee that a day after eating any desert you will invariably feel more pain.

Not to say that you need to give up on deserts all together. But instead of having a big piece of cake - take a bite or two, savor the flavor, and move on. If you are serious about reducing your chronic fibromyalgia pain, one of the first things you can do is reduce your sugar intake immediately!

Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you. -Jack LaLanne

Eric Suarez,CPT.

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