Fibroglycemia: Fibromyalgia and Hypoglycemia's (Worst) Child

For years doctors had been reading my labs and telling me to “watch my sugars,” yet I never really understood why.

I followed a healthy diet regime, I exercised regularly at the gym and hiked in nature several days a week. My body fat was in the normal range. I didn’t eat sweets, candies or desserts of any kind. I dreamt of donuts, but hadn’t had one in over a decade because the heavy fat content made me nauseous. I occasionally splurged and had a few bite-sized candies, but I didn’t think that would be cause for alarm. 

The term Hypoglycemia had never been uttered in my presence. When I was at my smallest size, I did experience moments of grumpiness if I hadn’t eaten for awhile. To this my husband would lovingly say, “Lynn, do you need a cracker?” My answer was always, “Yes.” It helped.

I had, again on occasion, experienced shakiness or lack of mental acuity when going too long without eating. I attributed those symptoms as simply needing to eat more regularly because I was so active and slightly underweight. I would eat a small amount and feel fine within minutes.

At my first appointment with Dr. Melissa Congdon, Fibromyalgia Specialist, I finally understood why I should “watch my sugars.” Dr. Congdon asked me a series of questions regarding symptoms I may be having, including: fatigue, irritability, nervousness, depression, insomnia, flushing, impaired memory and concentration, anxiety, headaches, dizziness and faintness, blurring of vision, nasal congestion, ringing in the ears, numbness and tingling of the hands, feet or face, leg or foot cramps, excessive gas, abdominal cramps, loose stools or diarrhea.
I assumed these were questions about my Fibromyalgia, but she was searching to see if I was carbohydrate intolerant or Hypoglycemic. I answered yes to nearly all of the questions.

It turns out that 38% of women who have Fibroglycemia or having both Fibromyalgia and Hypoglycemia. Now I was one of them. 

Hypoglycemia is treated by changing the foods we eat; these symptoms mirror many Fibromyalgia symptoms. If not treated by changing one’s diet, the Guaifenesin Protocol will still reverse the fibro symptoms, but the hypoglycemic symptoms will leave one still feeling ill. 

A person having this condition can begin to feel better in as little as two weeks by following the prescribed diet. The pancreas can be healed within two months following the dietary guidelines perfectly. At that point, one food per week may be added back into the diet to see if it can be tolerated without a return of symptoms. 

In the book, “What Your Dr May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia” by R. Paul St. Amand, M.D., this is discussed in length in Chapter 6. Also, his book “What Your Dr May Not Tell You About Chronic Fatigue”, is a great resource for the diet and includes recipes.

I followed my new diet perfectly for two months, and within 6 weeks I had noticeably less pain and more energy - most of the symptoms were gone and the others only minimal.