In the United States, fibromyalgia affects almost 10 million people. This disease is characterized by chronic pain, especially muscle pain, extreme fatigue, depression, and painful, tender pressure points. Modern medicine has yet to discover the underlying cause of this debilitating disease and, currently, can only offer relief of symptoms when sufferers have flare ups. Functional medicine, however, searches for the root cause of this disease in order to treat the problem at its root source. Here is a list of the 20 top items most doctors are not aware of but if you suffer from this painful condition, you should know are all possible causes and reasons for flare ups.
Gluten is the root cause of perhaps more than 55 diseases, yet modern medicine still dismisses this as a possibility. Gluten intolerance rarely shows up as gastrointestinal problems but rather as neurological problems such as nerve pain, and depression.
2. Overgrowth of Candida
Candida is a fungus and is normally present in your intestines in a very small amount. When candida grows to excess it can penetrate the bloodstream and release toxins into the body.
3. Thyroid Function
If your doctor runs a blood test, be sure he asks for all six blood markers to measure your thyroid function. Thyroid dysfunction can cause fatigue, and depression.
4. Vitamin Deficiencies
The most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies are magnesium, vitamin D, and B12. Most patients with fibromyalgia are seriously deficient in one or more of the above vitamins.
5. Bacterial Overgrowth in the Small Intestine
Our bodies naturally have bacteria in them, both good and bad, that generally stay in balance. These bacteria can overgrow through a sugar rich diet or overuse of antibiotics.
Mycotoxins are very toxic materials produced by molds. Typical environmental mold testing does not test for mycotoxins.
7. Mercury Poisoning
If you have mercury fillings in your teeth, have them replaced as soon as possible. Mercury is a very toxic substance.
8. Adrenal Lethargy
Lethargy of the adrenal gland is the result of chronic stress. The adrenals should be supported with herbs.
9. MTHFR Mutations
This is a genetic test available through any conventional lab. The more mutations you have to the MTHFR gene, the less you are able to detoxify toxins in the body, such as mercury.
10. Glutathione Deficiency
This is the most critical part of our body’s detoxification system. Taking glutathione or the precursors, such as NAC, alpha lipo acid, and milk thistle, often helps dramatically with fatigue.