It may be just an estimated number but experts say that according to their calculations, fibromyalgia affects one in every 50 people – that is 6 million people worldwide at the moment. The condition is severe with symptoms ranging from chronic muscle and bone pain to constant fatigue, brain fog, cognitive problems, depression and sleep problems. It’s still not entirely known what exactly causes fibromyalgia and there’s no known therapy that can cure it yet. Doctors usually prescribe antidepressants and painkillers to patients diagnosed with it.
Conventional medicine may not know the root cause of fibromyalgia but functional medicine is putting every effort into determining these factors and finding specific treatment for the underlying issue. When the root cause is determined it’s much easier to find the appropriate treatment.
So far, functional medicine lists the following factors as the top 10 root causes of fibromyalgia:
10 ROOT CAUSES OF FIBROMYALGIA
There was a time when no one even knew gluten can do harm to your body. But modern medicine has dubbed gluten as the “big masquerader”, connecting gluten intolerance with more than 55 different diseases. The biggest issue about gluten is that the symptoms of this intolerance are almost never digestive but neurological so they’re difficult to connect right away. Most common symptoms of gluten intolerance are sleeping problems, general pain, depression, mood swings, fatigue and cognitive impairment.
Patients suffering from fibromyalgia are usually deficient is some vital nutrient like vitamin D and B12 or magnesium. As a result, many doctors believe that if their patients magnesium levels are improved the fibromyalgia will be resolved. If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia check your magnesium levels and consult with your doctor.
We’ve all dealt with candida at one point in our lives. It’s a yeast infection that sometimes thrives in the intestines as well. If it’s caught in time and resolved it won’t cause problems, but if it overgrows and breaks the intestinal walls we’re in trouble. It will enter our bloodstream and start intoxicating our entire organism, manifesting in issues like fatigue, pain and memory problems. The majority of patients suffering from fibromyalgia were also discovered to have candida overgrowth.
Thyroid disorders are very common and the problem is that the majority of people who have some kind of thyroid issue are not even aware of it. These disorders usually manifest with brain fog, depression and mood swings, fatigue and sleep disturbances. Check your thyroid hormones and if they’re off balance get them in optimal levels, it will relieve all your symptoms.
Toxic mold releases toxic compounds called mycotoxins. About one quarter of the world population is estimated to have the gene which makes you susceptible to the damaging effects of these toxins. The downside of these mycotoxins is that we still don’t have the method to test for them.
LEAKY GUT AND SMALL INTESTINE BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH (SIBO)
If you have a bacteria overgrowth in your body it can lead to decreased ability for digestion and nutrient absorption. This is often the result of an unhealthy diet, rich in sugars and the excessive use of antibiotics. If you’re diagnosed with fibromyalgia you need to resolve your leaky gut problem first because otherwise you won’t be able to get any progress, since the two are closely connected.
Prolonged, excessive levels of stress can lead to adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands are further stressed by chronic pain, candida, food intolerances, vitamin deficiencies and mercury toxicity. If you have symptoms of adrenal fatigue you need to start supporting your adrenal glands with adaptogenic herbs, it’s the best way to resolve the problem for now.
Mercury poisoning is one of the most common causes of fibromyalgia but it can also be linked to neurological disorders, chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases and some even link it to cancer. This element has extremely high toxicity and should be avoided at all costs. If you have amalgam fillings you should replace them with biological ones.
Do you know what MTHFR is? It’s an enzyme your body needs for and important metabolic process called methylation. Methylation is a process in which folate and folic acid are converted into active forms and made available to you for use. If you have some kind of MTHFR mutation your body will lose its ability to methylate and flush out the dangerous toxins like mercury and lead.
You may not know about glutathione and why it’s so important in your body but you should be aware that this important antioxidant is involved in your body’s detox process. According to experts, taking glutathione will reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue so it’s highly beneficial for patients suffering from fibromyalgia.