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10 Causes Of Fibromyalgia Even Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About It!
With an estimated 10 million Americans suffering from fibromyalgia, isn’t it shocking that conventional medicine has yet to find a root cause and can only offer you the management of symptoms?
Fibromyalgia is characterized by fatigue, sleep disturbances, brain fog, depression, chronic pain, especially muscle pain, and painful points on the body that seem to go right down to the bone.
Functional medicine has been looking to find the root cause of this chronic, debilitating problem. Once you find the root cause, finding the cure could come naturally.
Do you or someone you love suffer from fibromyalgia? Keep reading and find out what top functional medicine doctors say are the 10 root causes behind this painful and chronic health problem.
1. Glutathione Deficiency
One of the most critical parts of your body’s natural detoxification system is glutathione. This compound gets recycled in the body unless our toxic burden become fairly high, or if we lack the enzymes needed to recycle and produce glutathione, which is GSTM1 and GSTP1. Your doctor can test your for this deficiency. You can also take glutathione supplements along with milk thistle. This often helps dramatically with feelings of fatigue.
2. Gluten Intolerance
This once rare but now common problem has been linked to at least 55 diseases. The reason that gluten intolerance causes fibromyalgia symptoms is not truly located in the digestive tract, but lies in the brain. Gluten intolerance causes pain, sleep problems, intense fatigue, depression, cognitive impairment, even behavioral problems. Stop consuming gluten for 60 days and see if your symptoms improve.
3. MTHFR Mutations
This is a genetic test that you can get at any lab. The more mutations that you have in your MTHFR gene, the less able your body is to metabolize and remove or neutralize toxins in the body such as lead, cadmium, and mercury. In fact, the more mutations to this gene that you possess, the higher your requirements for folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. These supplements will keep the detoxification pathways open and working properly, which will make you feel much better.
4. Candida Overgrowth
If you are unfamiliar with Candida, this is a very common type of yeast that naturally lives in very small amounts in the intestines. When our digestive system is out of whack, Candida grows unchecked. It breaks down the walls of the intestine and allows toxic byproducts to enter the bloodstream, causing numerous symptoms, none of which are pleasant. Many doctors state that almost all of their fibromyalgia patients have problems with Candida.
5. Adrenal Fatigue
Chronic stress is generally behind adrenal fatigue. By the way, chronic pain is very stressful to your adrenal glands even though it is not usually the initial stressor. Generally, the initial stressor is food-related, a Candida overgrowth, mycotoxins, or vitamin deficiencies. Adrenal fatigue can be dealt with using adpatogenic herbs.
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As the name implies, mycotoxins are an extremely toxic compound that is produced by mold. Most conventional mold testing companies only test for mold spores and not mycotoxins. Doctors can test you for mycotoxins with a simple urine test.
7. Mercury Toxicity
Mercury is toxic to the body. If you haven’t had your amalgam fillings removed (the silver-looking kind of fillings in your teeth), you need to do so right away. That silver color indicates that these fillings have mercury in them, and you are releasing tiny pieces of mercury into your body every time you bite down. Your doctor can test you for heavy metal toxicity using a simple urine test.
8. Thyroid Issues
It’s important that you have your doctor check all six blood markers so that they can accurately measure the function of your thyroid gland. Your doctor needs to use the optimal levels for measuring, rather than using what is called the “standard reference” range when assessing any possible thyroid problems. When your thyroid level is within the optimal range, it typically resolves problems with sleep disturbances, depression, fatigue, and brain fog.
9. Leaky Gut and Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
We actually have more bacteria in and outside of our bodies than we have cells! When these bacteria levels become unbalanced because of a sugar rich diet or the use of antibiotics, the body loses its ability to digest food properly and absorb nutrients, especially vitamin B12. Consuming gluten often leads to leaky gut and SIBO. These lead to gluten intolerances, so it’s a vicious cycle that must be broken. Fix your gut, and you can make some real headway in fixing your fibromyalgia.
10. Vitamin Deficiencies
Some of the most common vitamin deficiencies for those with fibromyalgia are magnesium, B12, and vitamin D. Some doctors state that a few of their patients have completely reversed their symptoms simply by getting their magnesium levels back to normal. You can measure your magnesium at any lab by getting a red blood cell magnesium level check.
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After reading this list, it’s easy to see how many of these causes are interrelated. Often, there is no single root cause of fibromyalgia, which is why conventional doctors and research scientists are having such as difficult time finding a cure. Because the root problem can be quite complex, you might want to find a functional medicine physician to help you find the root cause.
You don’t need to suffer with fibromyalgia. Some simple tests and a good physician can help you tremendously, even when you think you have tried everything.