It is estimated that nearly 6 million people have been affected by fibromyalgia, causing chronic pain, muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, cognitive issues, depression, and painful tender points throughout the body. Conventional medicine focuses on managing symptoms through pain medications and antidepressants. I practice an integrative approach and look to find the root cause of fibromyalgia and other chronic diseases. It is important to find the root cause(s) in order to restore the person to health.
Top 9 Root Causes of Fibromyalgia
1. Gluten Intolerance: Gluten has been linked to over 50 diseases as in neurological such as pain, sleep problems, cognitive difficulties, fatigue, and depression.
2. Candida Overgrowth: When there is a Candida/yeast overgrowth, it can break down the gut wall allowing toxic byproducts to enter the bloodstream which produces a long list of symptoms.
3. Thyroid: Many people are walking around with undiagnosed thyroid problems, usually an underactive thyroid.
4. Vitamin Deficiencies: Some patient’s symptoms will reverse just by addressing vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This included Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is a powerful immune modulator. I often use micronutrient testing.
5. Adrenal Fatigue: When there is a chronic pain cycle, there is usually chronic stress which then affects the adrenals.
6. Leaky Gut: You must “fix the gut” first with anyone with fibromyalgia.
7. Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): This is when there is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.
8. Mercury Toxicity: This can be tested for and is too complicated to go into detail here. I have special labs that test for this and protocols to detoxify.
9. Glutathione Deficiency: This is critical for your body’s detoxification system.
As you can see from the above list, many of these causes are interrelated and often there is not one single root cause to fibromyalgia or any chronic illness. It is a combination of several or possibly all of the above. Because getting to the root cause can be complex, I recommend that you find a health professional like myself that can help you address the root cause(s) of fibromyalgia.
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