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Throat and Diet Issues

Hi Everyone,

Since I became ill I've noticed that I've had continuous problems with my throat. I'm forever picking up infections, I lose my voice and it hurts when I cough, my voice always goes funny too, like really hoarse. Does anyone else have this problem?

The other thing I wanted to ask is: I've recently found out that I have Polycystic ovary syndrome, which isn't a problem if I don't want more children. Now the best way to deal with this, the doctor said is to lose weight. Now my mobility has changed a lot since becoming ill, so much so that I use a walking stick to get around the house and a four wheeled walker and wheelchair for going to clinic, hospital etc. I do exercises from the OT and the Pain Management has tried to get me using my walker a bit more each day. I don't eat as much as I used to and don't eat in between my meals. How am I supposed to lose weight? I can't exactly go down the gym or start doing Zumba (Although I'd love to do that I used to love dancing lols). Can anyone suggest what to do? Any exercise I do puts me back 2 or 3 days after. A lot of people don't realise how bad Fibro and ME can be. I've found it hard to live with and my husband is now my full time carer. I know I've put weight on, and I would love to lose weight but am struggling to work out how I can? Can anyone please help me?

Gentle fibro hugs to you all :) Kim xxxxxxx

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Hello Kim, thank you so much for your message. :)

Problems with our throats such as swallowing difficulties, sore throats etc are quite common with Fibromyalgia. You are certainly not alone there. I have swallowing difficulties, especially first thing in the morning, this is because put simply, the muscles in our throats tend to tighten because we have Fibroymalgia. Hope that makes sense.

If you wish to see other discussions we have had regarding swallowing, throats etc., type in swallowing or throat into the search bar on the top right, click enter on your keyboard and the discussions will come up for you to read. Hope these are helpful. You can also look through our Tags too for more info on this subject. :)

Regarding your Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, I presume you have the syndrome and not just polycystic ovaries because they are in actual fact different.

Here's some info on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome for you to read, hope it's helpful -

"Losing weight can be difficult. A combination of eating less and exercising more is best. Advice from a dietician, and help and support from a practice nurse, may increase your chance of losing weight. Even a moderate amount of weight loss can help."

Gentle exercise is recommended for Fibromylagia Kim, nothing too exertive because we tend to pay for it later with our pain and fatigue etc. Something like gentle swimming if you are up to it, Tai Chi, simple Yoga, walking is great too within your limits. A little walk can be a great benefit and also helps to raise your energy levels without too much detriment to your Fibromyalgia, this is a good starting point and then slowly working up to further distances. Obviously you wouldn't start exercising during a bad spell or during a flare-up, but pick a time when you feel as well as you can and then try something gentle. Every little bit helps!

Also try to eat as healthily as you can, natural foods, reduce your portions if you haven't already but make sure you get all the nutrients you need to keep yourself as healthy as possible.

Green Tea is supposed to help us burn up fat more quickly than we would normally do, so this might be worth as try. You can buy it flavoured with lemon too.

I hope this in some way help you. We do understand how you feel and how frustrating it can all be. We are here for you and will help you in any way we can, so please feel free to off load whenever you feel the need.

(Feel free to private message me at any time too if you would prefer, click on my name, it will take you to my profile page, then on the left select send a message. Always happy to help and I am here most of the time. :)

Here's a hug for you Kim, take care. (((hug))) xxx


(Reference -


Thyroid relation? With sore throat horse voice and fibro, wort looking into x


Hi Sarah,

I've had loads of blood tests for a Thyroid problem and they all came back clear. Libz makes sense with what she said as its mainly in the morning when its worse. Thanks for answering my question xxx


Try sipping a cup of not too hot tea first thing in the morning. If you don't like tea then any warm drink will do the same. This seems to loosen the throat, it works a treat for me, I hope it helps you too Kim xx


If you've had your Thyroid checked already Kim, it sounds like it might be Fibro. See message above for warm cuppa idea :) xx

(If you have any concerns at all about your throat please seek the advice of your GP, it's always best to check these things to ensure you get the right treatment and meds if necessary)


hi babebatista. am sorry to hear u r sufferin a lot at the moment, i dont get sore throat, but since my fibro has got worse i have put on weight, and yes my doc said i need to loose weight too, how can we when exercise really is not good for us, i have to use a stick when out now, keep in touch xx


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