It has been estimated that the fibromyalgia affects about 10 million people only within the United States. The fibromyalgia is classically characterized by a chronic pain, particularly in the muscles, fatigue, disturbances in the sleep, brain fog, cognitive impairment, depression, and even some painful tender points all throughout the body.

The conventional medicine has yet to try to discover the cause of this particular condition and now it can only offer managements of the symptoms through some pain medications and antidepressants.

Causes of  Fibromyalgia

Causes of  Fibromyalgia

On the other hand, the functional medicine searches to find the root of fibromyalgia, along with some other chronic diseases, treating the problem at root level and trying to restore the patient to their optimal health. This is why, there have been some doctors who claim to have several very often cases of fibromyalgia with similar root problems, and there is the list of the most common ones:

  • Intolerance of gluten – gluten has been connected to an unbelievable number of 55 diseases and is often being called the big masquerader. The reason for this is because of the majority symptoms of the gluten intolerance are in nature not digestive, but are instead neurological, such as cognitive impairment, disturbances in sleep, a lot of pain, behavioral issues, depression and fatigue.
  • Overgrowth of candida – the candida is a fungus, or a yeast, and is in very small amounts and lives in your intestines. When there is overproduction of it, the candida will break down the wall of the intestines and will penetrate your bloodstream, and will also release some toxic byproducts into your body, causing it to follow a list of unpleasant symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, digestive issues, and of course pain. Virtually, every fibromyalgia patient suffers from a candida overgrowth.
  • Thyroid – it is of utmost importance that your doctor checks out all the six markers of blood to actually measure the function of your thyroid gland. It is also quite important that your doctor sees to use the optimal levels rather than the standard reference range when diagnosing and assessing the thyroid disorder. Getting the thyroid levels at an optimal range with the patient usually alleviates their feeling of fatigue, sleep disturbances, brain fog and depression.
  • Vitamin deficiencyVitamin D and B12, as well as magnesium deficiency are the most common vitamin deficiencies with the people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. There have even been some people who have completely reversed their fibromyalgia just by taking the necessary magnesium dose in a day. The best way for you to measure your magnesium in the red blood cells is to test it through any conventional laboratory test.
  • SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) or leaky gut – there are more bacteria inside of us and on the surface of our skin than there are in our cells. When the bacteria get thrown out of balance through a dieting plan rich in sugar or antibiotics, we lose our ability to absorb and digest nutrients, particularly B12. The gluten can also cause SIBO and leaky gut, and these two can also lead to gluten or other food intolerances. It is a catch-22 and a very vicious cycle. First, with people with fibromyalgia, you have to fux the gut.
  • Mycotoxins – these are very toxic substances and are produced by mold. The conventional tests for environmental mold is testing only levels of mold spores and do not test for mycotoxins. If you want to find out whether someone has been exposed to toxic molds, use a urine mycotoxin test to prove it.
  • Mercury toxicity – it is recommended that all the people who are suffering from fibromyalgia find a biological dentist and have their mercury amalgam fillings replaced with a different kind. The mercury is found to be toxic for the body and even though it can only be a piece of the puzzle for the fibromyalgia, it can be one less piece after all. It is recommended that you use pre and post DMPS challenge test for a heavy metal testing.
  • Adrenal fatigue – this is a result of a chronic stress. The chronic pain is a big stress to the adrenal glands, though typically it is not the initial adrenal stressor. This is usually linked to something of a much more serious nature, such as food allergies, candida, mercury toxicity, mycotoxins and vitamin deficiencies. It should be every doctor’s goal to support the adrenals with several adaptogenic herbs while the root cause is determined and corrected.
  • MTHFR mutations – this is one genetic test you can take through a conventional lab. The more mutations you have through the MTHFR gene the less you can detoxify and methylate toxins, such as lead or mercury. The more mutations of this gene you have the higher the requirement for methyl-B12 and methyl-B6 and folinic acid in order to keep the proper work of your detoxification pathways.
  • Glutathione deficiency – this is the most critical part of the detoxification system of the body. The glutathione gets recycled in the body, unless the toxic burden gets too high or a person lacks GSTM1 and GSTP1, the enzymes which are needed to produce and recycle the glutathione. It will often help with fatigue if you take the glutathione or the precursors (alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle, NAC) away.

Basically, as you can see from this list, most of the causes are related, and ooften there is no single root which is causing the fibromyalgia. Even though getting to the root can be a complex thing, finding a functional medicine physician will definitely get you there.

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