Fibromyalgia and Weight Gain

weight gain fibromyalgia lawrenceville gaFibromyalgia is characterized by various symptoms including pain and tenderness. It has been linked to weight gain due to certain factors. Losing excess weight offers a multitude of benefit to the body. These include reducing risk of weight-related diseases, as well as reducing symptoms of various conditions including fibromyalgia symptoms.

While medications provide pain relief, they do not help in the long run and may also leave side effects that can only make your condition worse. Here in our office, we offer alternative treatments that are natural and safer than today’s modern medicines.


Fibromyalgia is a disorder accompanied by pain and tenderness, fatigue, and sleep issues along with memory and depression problems. It is diagnosed more often in women than in men.

People with this disorder have “tender points” in the body. These tender points or trigger points can be found in the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points are unique places in the body that are painful when pressed. The pain can be a burning or radiating stab or a dull ache.

How Fibromyalgia Can Cause Weight Gain

A mainly frustrating problem for many fibromyalgia patients is the tendency to gain weight. You eat less, but notice little, if any, difference. Also, the pain makes it more difficult to exercise.

Some common factors of weight gain in fibromyalgia patients include the following:

Insufficient sleep – One of the major symptoms of fibromyalgia is difficulty sleeping. Studies have shown that people who do not get adequate amounts of sleep are more likely to gain weight. Insufficient sleep also slows down metabolic process and increases cravings for sweets.

Neuroendocrine abnormalities – Studies show that deficiencies in hormones such as serotonin, growth hormone, cortisol and thyroid can affect body metabolism. There may also be an increased sensitivity to insulin, causing the body to turn into fat-storing mode.

Limited activity – Pain restricts most patients to move, thus they are unable to increase required exercise levels to increase metabolism rates and burn calories for losing weight.

Medication – Usually, patients are given antidepressants to treat the symptoms. However, antidepressants have side effect of weight gain.

Fibromyalgia Treatments


Chiropractic treatment can be effective for fibromyalgia by helping reduce pain and increase range of motion. Chiropractors use spinal adjustments to promote the body’s natural healing ability. The goal of chiropractic treatment is to increase mobility between spinal vertebrae, which have become restricted, locked, or misaligned.

Trigger Point Injection

For trigger point injection, Sarapin, a pitcher plant extract can be an excellent alternative to cortisone. This pitcher plant extract is used in trigger point therapy where it can treat many different conditions including fibromyalgia. Trigger point therapy can reduce pain, increase movement, and allows muscles to lengthen and become stronger again.

Weight Loss

As weight gain has always been a problem with fibromyalgia sufferers, this problem is something you can fight. HCG diet is one of many ways you can lose weight. This weight loss diet consists of very low calorie diet and a dose of fat-burning HCG hormone. When you lose weight, you can also reduce the severity of fibromyalgia symptoms. Not only losing weight can reduce your pain, it can also provide significant health benefits as well as reduce the risks of developing weight-related problems.


Research shows that losing weight can improve pain. In a university study, overweight and obese people with fibromyalgia were observed during a 20-week period. They underwent a weight-loss program focused on dietary restrictions and increased physical activity, including 30 minutes of daily aerobic exercise. As a result, participants lost an average of 9 lbs and their symptoms significantly improved.

If you know someone in fibromyalgia pain, we can help. We offer many ways to improve your condition – from chiropractic in Lawrenceville, to trigger point therapy, to medical weight loss. Don’t let pain be part of your life. Call our office at (770) 450-8093.

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