Ferocious flare frowns

Aasmund Ryningen
3 min readMay 23, 2020


Not too long ago I decided to indulge in sweets and candy.

In fact, I indulge in chocolate, sodas and other unhealthy foods way more than I should. Ideally, I should probably never allow white sugar to enter my body since science and common sense have concluded again and again that there’s nothing but disadvantages related to the consumption of polysaccharides (that sentence could almost have been take out of a school book on nutrition or something). Fully knowing this, I’m more than willing to accept the risk and indulge now and then. Because it feels good. And because, well, you know…you gotta live, too.

Life gets boring when you’re not taking any chances, won’t you say?

However, I paid dearly for my latest indulgence session.

I don’t know if it’s an age thing or whatever, but I surely felt like an old man after having swallowed everything down. In addition to eating lots of pizza and chocolate, I made sure to wash it down with copious amounts of soda. For the record, the soda was actually sugar free. Not sure why I mentinoned that, I just felt the urge to ‘save’ myself from looking like an undisciplined brat.

However, shortly after having consumed the final piece of chocolate and swallowed the final droplet of soda, things started to get a little wild.

I got a flare of pain in my stomach.

I’m not lying, it was some of the worst pain I’ve ever had for quite a while. It literally felt like someone took a sharp knife or an axe and decided to cut loose my spleen, my kidneys, my liver, my intestines and all the other organs that are inside my torso. The pain was just excruciating and relentless. And what surprised me the most, it came out of nowhere. And fast, too.

Never experienced something like that before.

And it actually got me thinking about a lot of other people who suffer from fibromyalgia, who get flares when they eat sugar. Some people have actually been off the white stuff for 20 something years because their bodies just ‘break down’ when they consume sugar.

Almost like how I felt.

But to some people, it’s actually worse than just staying off sugar.

Some people cannot even eat fruit. Because the fructose or whatever the sugar in the fruits is called also causes them to get painful flares in their body.

And you know what? Even though I got the flare after having consumed sugar, I can one hundred percent guarantee you that it wasn’t exclusively because of the sugar. Because, I’ve eaten sugar in the past with no bad side effects.

In other words, I think it was a one time incident.

But, that doesn’t mean I’m supposed to consume more sugar. In fact, I’d say that I should consider that flare a healthy, but firm warning that too much sugar in my body isn’t good for me. And potentially, it could ruin me down the road.

You know, gaining weight and such.


…I’m not going to lie and pretend that CBD oil will resolve all of those issues. But having said that though, I haven’t heard of anyone who’s been successful in taking CBD oil for their pain and flares who have to stay completely off sugar. Especially not sugar from fruits.

Your mileage may vary, of course.

So if you have fibromyalgia or another disease that gives you these painful flares and you don’t want to be confined to a life sans sugar, it might be worth checking out.

Again, no guarantees or claims are given, Capt’n. Just letting you know the current statistics.

Now you go forth and try it out yourself.