I tried to fast a few times in years six and seven of my recovery. I was unsuccessful. I could never go more than 24 hours without eating anything. I recently got this message from a reader though:
I found your site because I just started an ‘eat, fast, live’ 2 day a week intermittent fasting regiment with very interesting results. On the day of the fast… no IBS, no gas, no leg and hip pain (a big issue for me) and no back pain. I was so afraid of getting a headache and I did not. I am amazed. I am using juicer on fasting days and also drinking coconut water
how amazing is that? All she did was not eat solid food and her pain goes away! So why would this be. I have some guesses.
My first guess is that if she has irritable bowel syndrome, which it sounds like she does, digesting food puts a strain on her body that causes a ripple effect of stress that causes her pain.
My next guess is that it’s actually an organ within her digestive system that is causing the pain to be referred to her hip and leg. Maybe she has a hernia that she doesn’t know about and food causes pressure on the hernia that gives her pain.
My last guess is that fasting equals rest for her body. for me, finding a way to rest beyond sleep was very important in discovering how to relax enough to alleviate my pain.
The original emailer read this and wrote me back and said this:
A few points of clarification. I am only doing intermittent fasting (2 days a week for no more than 24 hours at a pop). I find it most effective and route of less pain to fast from 8 PM the night before until 8 PM the second day. I know that I don’t have a hernia beause I am very active; however, i noticed that certain food combinations cause havoc within my body. I suspect that not eating clears the system out and allows the body to not use energy to heal rather than digest.
Now if you read any of my stuff you know that I say most pain in your body is caused by trigger points in your muscles and an overall tightness in your muscles so how could fasting help trigger points?
Honestly, I don’t know if fasting could help trigger points and the man who wrote the trigger point manual says that nothing will help trigger points except for frequent massage. However, the only trigger points that cause pain are active trigger points and latent or asleep trigger points just sit in there waiting to be stressed out to cause pain, they usually don’t cause pain themselves. So maybe juice fasting is enough for her to her points to go latent for the day.
Anyway, has anyone else tried fasting for fibromyalgia? What kind of results did you see? Do you have any guesses as to why it helped or didn’t? I am really interested in hearing from you.
p.s. … after looking up this Eat, Fast, Live I am going to try it myself!!!!
(it's broken up into a little bit of info and a restorative exercise a day) Click Here to See it!