According to an estimate approximately 10 million people in the USA are affected by fibromyalgia. People having fibromyalgia suffer from fatigue, muscle pain. Sleeping problem, depression and painful points in the whole body.
Conventional medicine has not find cause of fibromyalgia yet and try to deal it with pain killers and anti-depressants.
Functional medicine instead, try to find the core cause of this disease. Try to solve the problem at the root level and make the patient healthy again. Experts have found the following root causes of this disease which their patients experience.
1. Gluten intolerance
Gluten is responsible for the cause of more than 50 diseases. The reason why gluten intolerance can increase the cause of fibromyalgia is that its symptoms are not digestive, rather neurological like pain, sleeping problem, fatigue, depression and behavioral problems.
2. Candida overgrowth
Candida is a yeast-like parasitic fungus. A very small quantity of candida is found in our intestines. If it overgrows, it can tear down the wall of the intestines, entering the bloodstream discharging poisonous byproducts into the body and can cause symptoms like exhaustion, brain fog, digestive problem and pain in the body. Most of the fibromyalgia patients suffers from candida overgrowth.
It is important that a doctor check all six blood markers in your body to correctly measure patient’s thyroid gland’s function. It is also vital that a doctor use optimal levels instead of standard levels while diagnosing and evaluating thyroid disorder. Patients can feel relief in their exhaustion, sleeping problems, brain fog and depression once their thyroid level get to optimal level.
4. Vitamin deficiencies
People having fibromyalgia mostly have vitamin deficiency. Vitamin D, Magnesium and B12 are the common deficiency that patient suffer from. Patients can reduce the fibromyalgia symptoms with only magnesium control. You can get your magnesium level tested through any medical lab.
5. Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Leaky gut
Human body has more bacteria in it then there are cells in it. If these bacteria get off balance because of sugar rich diet and antibiotics, body can fail to digest nutrients, specifically B12.
There are more bacteria in us and on us then there are of our own cells. When these bacteria get out of balance through use of antibiotics or a sugar-rich diet, we can lose our ability to digest and absorb nutrients, particularly B12. Leaky gut can cause gluten and gluten can cause SIBO, so a person with fibromyalgia should get the gut fixed first.
Mycotoxins are toxic substance produced by a fungus. Standard mold testing look for the levels of mold spores but does not look for mycotoxins. Experts conduct a urine test to check if someone is exposed to toxic molds.
7. Mercury toxicity
Mercury is poisonous to our bodies and can be very dangerous for those suffering from fibromyalgia. Doctors recommend
My recommendation to all my patients was to find a biological dentist and remove their mercury amalgam. I also recommend a heavy metal testing by using a DMPS urine challenge tests before and after.
8. Adrenal fatigue
Chronic stress is the reason of Adrenal fatigue. For adrenal glands, chronic pain is a stress, but it’s actually not the initial adrenal stressor. The initial stressor can be something like food intolerances, Candida, mercury toxicity, vitamin deficiencies or mycotoxins. What my goal is that, with adaptogenic herbs, I want to support adrenals while we look for the main reason and correct it.
9. MTHFR mutations
From any conventional lab, you can get it because it’s a genetic test. You have less ability to methylate and detoxify toxins, like mercury and lead, if you have more mutations to the MTHFR gene. In order to keep your detoxification pathways to work properly, you should have more mutations at this gene and due to this you will have more requirements for methyl-B6, methyl-B12 and folinic acid.
10. Glutathione deficiency
The most critical part of our body’s detoxification system is Glutathione. If our toxic burden gets too high, or we lack GSTM1 and GSTP1, Glutathione gets recycled in our body because the enzymes needed to recycle and produce glutathione. Fatigue can be reduced by taking glutathione or the precursors (NAC, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle).
From the above discussion, you can conclude that a lot of causes are associated and mostly there is no main cause of fibromyalgia. Because searching for root can be difficult, I recommend search for a functional medicine physician in your area to help uncover the main cause of your disease. You have no need to suffer needlessly with pain medications and antidepressants. Like myself, there can be doctors who can help you.