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Sunday, October 19, 2008 pat460, Community Member, asks

Q: Does eating pork affect fibromyalgia pain levels?

I have noticed that on the day after I eat any kind of pork, I always have a lot more all over body pain. I usually end up in bed most of the day. I also have some arthritis so I'm not sure which condition the pork is affecting, if either. Is there something in the meat that could cause this or is it just coincidence? Anyone else noticed this in their own life?

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Cort, Health Guide
10/19/08 10:47pm

It's not the pork - there's nothing 'wrong' with pork per se - but it's possible that your body is reacting abnormally to something in the pork. Food allergies can cause many symptoms but you may not be experiencing a classic food 'allergy'. Allergies denote an immune reaction often associated with inflammation, itching, rashes and even inability to breathe. 


If you're experiencing pain after eating pork you could instead have a 'sensitivity' to pork. This is a different kind of reaction that the traditional medical community has for the most part ignored but which many people believe they have. For them certain foods can cause fatigue, pain, difficulty concentrating, abdominal upset etc.


You might try not eating pork for a week and then have some and chart your reaction. Do this several times and if you find that your pain consistently go up then eliminate pork from your diet. If pork ends up bothering you should consider an elimination diet to see if other foods are contribuing to your pain as well.


My understanding is that food allergies don't often contribute substantially to the pain in FM but that for a few patients they really do. For them elimination diets can be very helpful ( 

Jerri Garofalo, Community Member
8/ 3/09 2:23am

I too have fibromyalgia and arthritis and have thought for many years that pork was causing me to have more sever symptoms after I had consumed something with pork or cooked with pork, like Italian Sauce.  Then recently I went to be tested for allergies because of an unrelated problem.  I was shocked to learn I was severely allergic to pork.  I have begun immunotherapy and tried to stop eating any pork laced product.  Now like you, I have found that if I indulge with even one bit of something with pork, I am set up for a miserable day of pain, hot swollen hands and feet that are excruciatingly painful.  One day I bought some pork chops for my husband and brother.  It was a big package and so I repacked into smaller portions to be put in the freezer.  I was shocked when within just hours my hands became swollen and had a slight rash, along with this was the horrible heat and pain which lasted for hours.  I have tried taking an antihistamine, which I do think helps.  I put a topical preparation to relieve itchiness that also had a numbing agent.  That also helped.  But the intense bone and muscle pain remained.  I have read another website posting where a lady claimed to have similar symptoms as I.  Another got very angressive and then the following day depressed, each due to pork sensitivity.  One of these women claimed she has learned it was a reaction due to an allergy to  that it is the Arachidonic acid, but I am not sure about that.  AA come from corn products she claimed, but if this is true why I am not sensitive to eggs and beef ia puzzling since beef and hens are fed corn products.  That asside, it does not remove the mystery to our very strange reaction to this food product.  Some say we need to be careful of foods cooked on grills or griddles next to pork, where juiced might intermingle.  And be wary of good old Southern cooking where pork fat might be used.  I would suggest you get allergy tested as I was.  If you do the immunotherapy it could very well help.  My allergist said that 3-6 months after starting imm. therapy, one should see a big difference.  I have noticed that since starting this therapy, I have been more achy every day, but am also sure if it is possibly due to weather conditions this year.  Which ever I have had a terrible pain season.  But it would make sense that the immuno therapy could do this since they use live allergens to make the immno product.  But if he is right and in time I will no longer have this condition it will be well worth it.  Should you not test possitive for a pork allergy, you could simply have a food sensitivity.  This does not mean that a food sensitivity is any bit better than an allergy.  I have a dairy sensitivity and this one is really hard.  Plus my symptoms are worse than the pork.  Not only does it cause me to have the same symptoms as the pork, but  gastrointestinal upset and I also get extremely tired and go into almost a comma like sleep for over 10 hours. This is with in an hour after ingestion.  Milk products are in so many more foods, and I was a big lover of cheese.  But it is simply not worth eating it and having to suffer that way.  And lest I forget, Peanuts and Shellfish are close runners up on the big bad list.  One last big thought.  Have you been tested for possible thyroid problems?  I had noticed this kind of hyper sensitivity once before and that was just before I learned I am hypothyroid.  Since being treated my symptoms tamed way, way down.  Back then it was mostly shell fish giving me the problem and more mildly the pork and milk.  Recently I have noticed that I think my thyroid meds are off because, I have many (MANY) hypothyroid symptoms.  I have made an appt to see the endocrinologist.  Thyroid disorders and embalances can cause many such problems.  A Pain Specialist / researcher said, that when attempting to help FMS patients with pain the first thing they do is to rule out any thyroid imbalances.  The Thyroid, is really like a master gland, and when it is not in balance, it affects other hormones, glands, organs, and body parts through out the whole body becomes out of wack.  I was so glad when I heard this to know I had already lined up this appt. and hopefully just tweeking my meds willl help to stop this horrible sensitivity / allergy.  Best of luck to you.  There must be many others out there that just don't have any idea yet what is going on.  

Beth Trott, Community Member
2/22/10 3:21pm

pork does directly cause multiple health problems for more info and a diet that will actually heal your health problems read Jordan Rubin's book "The Maker's Diet" if you follow that diet it will fix your health problems!!

Andres the Mystic, Community Member
12/27/10 1:10am

I am only 22 years old and I'm actually having similar symptoms. But I don't have fibromyalgia.


I have chronic anxiety and depression.


I ate pork yesterday and today, after taking a nap, I suddenly felt ridden with pain all over my body, especially my legs. It seems that pork, which in Ayurveda has toxins that increase vata, pitta and kapha, is so toxic that it can have measurable effects on other conditions that are based on excess of kapha and vata like depression and anxiety, respectively. This is amazing... I may never eat pork again.

Pork pain, Community Member
3/19/12 5:55pm

IT  the  pork   i  eat  some  friday  and the  next  day  i  could not walk because  the pain was  so  bad  i  never eat   any  more.I been  testing   my  self for  years it cause male  sex problem  and Sharp pain  in the  body  and Deperssion

Kathy, Community Member
2/28/11 12:39pm

I have be eating a vegan diet for about six months now.  I am not strictly vegan, and will have meat occasionally.  I made a pork dish for my family two nights ago and felt very achy yesterday.  Today I feel fine.  I have not had that reaction to eating beef or poultry. I have been dairy free for over 15 years (dairy gave me IBS symptons, primarily severe constipation) and gluten free for over 3 years (my achy joints disappeared after that).  I have experience fibromyalgia symptons and mild depression last year and found I was deficient in Vitamin D.  My doctor gave me a prescription for a high dose of vitamin D which put my levels back to a normal range over time.  I also bought a "happy lamp" which gives light therapy for people during the winter months.  I feel very healthy & I look healthy.  I believe a vegan or mostly plant based diet can make most people feel & look their best.  If you decide to eat a vegan diet, be sure to take vitamin B12 supplements as it is only found in meat.  I recently experience a "burnt tongue" feeling which was resolved by taking vitamin B12 supplements...  Try a vegan diet, it may take away your fibromyalgia symptons.  Going gluten free should help as well.  It's a big change in lifestyle, but if it makes you feel good (eliminate aches & digestive issues) it is so worth it!

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