Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a neurological condition characterized by a variety of symptoms, but most pertinently, by widespread pain in “tender points” throughout the body. The causes of the syndrome are largely a mystery, which makes both diagnosis and treatment a challenge. Nonetheless, the syndrome is widespread, affecting more than 10 million people in the United States alone.
1. Gluten intolerance
Intolerance of gluten is called celiac disease and is actually an autoimmune disorder. Gluten is the protein in wheat and other grains, and intolerance is almost completely determined by genetics. You are far more likely to have celiac disease if it is prevalent in your family.
2. Candida overgrowth
Candida is a natural and helpful part of the natural fauna of our intestines. Usually, a very small amount of it lives in our intestines. However, when you get too much sugar in your diet, this yeast gets overproduced. Living in North America, getting too much sugar in your diet can be very difficult to avoid. Not only do you have to be aware of the sugar you add, but many foods already have a great deal of sugar added.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia can be very similar. Many of the neurological complaints that come with fibromyalgia also occur in hypothyroidism, including brain fog, sleep issues and depression. The major difference, of course, is that fibromyalgia sufferers also have pain, while hypothyroid patients do not.
4. Vitamin deficiencies
Fibromyalgia sufferers may also be deficient in various vitamins and minerals. Any of these levels are readily available from a standard blood test. The most common vitamin deficiencies are magnesium, vitamin D and B12 among fibromyalgia sufferers. Any of these can be easily supplemented by pills bought in a grocery or drugstore.
5. Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Leaky gut
Our bodies play host to more bacteria than we have cells. The vast majority of these bacteria are beneficial and, indeed, essential to the proper function of our body. When bacteria get either over- or under-populated through antibiotics or too much sugar in our diet, we have difficulty absorbing nutrients.
Fibromyalgia can be brought on by environmental factors as well as issues within the body itself. Mycotoxins are toxic substances released by molds in the environment. These toxins can also cause you to begin suffering fibromyalgia symptoms. Elevated levels can be determined from a simple blood test.
7. Mercury toxicity
Many people have silver fillings in their teeth. These fillings are actually about half mercury, and every time you chew, grind your teeth or have a cleaning, they release some mercury into your body. There are also sources of mercury in other places in the environment. Mercury can be found in fertilizers, pesticides, car exhaust, drinking water, fabric softeners, fish, paint pigments, floor waxes, polishes, batteries, mascara, body powder and air conditioning filters.
8. Adrenal fatigue
Adrenal fatigue is a slowing down of the adrenal glands to levels which cause you difficulty. It is often the result of long-term stress, but it can also arise because of long-term infections. It results in a feeling of chronic exhaustion and so a patient will often self-medicate with coffee, colas or other stimulants to get themselves going.
9. MTHFR mutations
Mutations to a particular gene called the MTHFR gene. The gene regulates the production of an enzyme that processes folate so that the body can use it. Dysfunction in this gene disrupts your normal process of “Methylation,” which affects many essential bodily functions and can thereby lead to FMS.
10. Glutathione deficiency
Glutathione (pronounced “gloota thigh own”) is an essential part of the body’s immune system. It is the primary agent responsible for detoxification and is also the most important antioxidant in cells. It is a small protein produced naturally by the cells, and is the basis of a healthy immune response and the ability to control pain. Unfortunately, it is common for FMS sufferers to be deficient in this protein.