I came across this article online from eatlocalgrown.com and felt the need to share it with my followers. Over the last few recent years, I have definitely noticed some potential truth to EVERY SINGLE ONE of these, hence why a holistic, natural treatment of fibromyalgia could potentially help MANY others like myself.
Take a look through, and feel free to let me know if you have been tested for any of these, if you suspect you may have these issues, if you have received treatment, and if that treatment either helped, hindered, or resulted in nothing. I would love to hear your stories.
1. Gluten intolerance
Gluten has been liked to more than 55 diseases and is often called the “big masquerader.” The reason for this is that the majority of gluten intolerance symptoms are not digestive in nature, but are instead neurological, such as pain, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbances, behavioral issues, fatigue and depression.
2. Candida overgrowth
Candida is a fungus, or yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your intestines. When overproduced, Candida breaks down the wall of the intestines and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing a host of unpleasant symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, digestive issues and pain. Virtually every one of my patients with fibromyalgia has had Candida overgrowth.
It’s vital that your doctor check all six blood markers to accurately measure your thyroid gland’s function. It’s also imperative that your doctor use the optimal levels rather than the standard reference range when assessing and diagnosing thyroid disorders. Getting my patient’s thyroid levels into an optimal range typically alleviates their fatigue, brain fog, sleep disturbances and depression.
4. Vitamin deficiencies
Magnesium, vitamin D and B12 deficiency are the most common vitamin deficiencies I see in those who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I’ve had several patients completely reverse their fibromyalgia symptoms with magnesium alone. The best way to measure magnesium is a red blood cell (RBC) magnesium level, which can be tested through any conventional lab.
5. Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Leaky gut
There are more bacteria in us and on us then there are of our own cells. When these bacteria get out of balance through use of antibiotics or a sugar-rich diet, we can lose our ability to digest and absorb nutrients, particularly B12. Gluten can cause SIBO and leaky gut and SIBO and leaky gut can lead gluten and other food intolerances. It’s a catch-22 and a vicious cycle. You must “fix the gut” first in anyone with fibromyalgia.
Mycotoxins are very toxic substances produced by molds. Conventional environmental mold testing only tests for levels of mold spores and does not test for mycotoxins. I use a urine mycotoxin test in my clinic to determine if someone has been exposed to toxic molds.
7. Mercury toxicity
I recommend that all my patients find a biological dentist and have their mercury amalgam fillings removed. Mercury is toxic to our bodies and can be one piece of the puzzle for those with fibromyalgia. I then recommend heavy metal testing using a pre- and post-DMPS urine challenge test.
8. Adrenal fatigue
Adrenal fatigue is a result of the chronic stress. Chronic pain is a stress to the adrenal glands, though it’s typically not the initial adrenal stressor. The initial stressor is usually something such as food intolerances, Candida, mercury toxicity, vitamin deficiencies or mycotoxins. My goal is to support the adrenals with adaptogenic herbs while we search for the root cause of the stress and correct it.
9. MTHFR mutations
This is a genetic test you can get though any conventional lab. The more mutations you have to the MTHFR gene the less able you are to methylate and detoxify toxins, such as mercury and lead. The more mutations you have at this gene the higher your requirements for methyl-B6, methyl-B12 and folinic acid in order to keep your detoxification pathways working properly.
10. Glutathione deficiency
Glutathione is the most critical part of our body’s detoxification system. Glutathione gets recycled in our body — unless our toxic burden gets too high, or we lack GSTM1 and GSTP1, the enzymes needed to recycle and produce glutathione. Taking glutathione or the precursors (NAC, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle) often help dramatically with fatigue.
My experience with these ten fibro causes:
- Gluten – I have cut out gluten, wheat, sugar, dairy, grains, processed foods, and many other foods that affect my stomach and symptoms
- Yeast / Candida – I have done my own at home yeast / candida tests, and I have no doubt I have an overgrowth of this
- Thyroid – judging by how cold I am, my depression, and many other symptoms, it would not surprise me if my thyroid was a bit under-active, and it probably doesn’t help that my mom has a thyroid disease, as do two of my cousins
- Vitamins – I have all of the symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and plan on receiving vitamin therapy treatment from a naturopath in the VERY near future
- Small intestine and stomach issues – I have been trying to fix my gut for the last few months, and it will take a while to do so (up to a few years). It’s clear after my research that MANY chronic illnesses can be managed by looking at the gut FIRST
- Mycotoxins – I don’t believe this affects me
- Mercury toxicity – I would love to have this test done
- Adrenal fatigue – A naturopath has done several adrenal fatigue tests on me over the years, and my adrenals are still only functioning at a 1/10 scale, which most likely contributes to the chronic fatigue, pain, depression, anxiety, and the list goes on. Your adrenals are a VERY important part of your body, helping to regulate your hormones (or not)
- MTHFR mutations – not sure this affects me or not
- Glutathione – I plan to ask my naturopath about this
As you can see from the above list, many of these causes are interrelated, and often there’s no single root cause of fibromyalgia. Once I am officially a certified nutritionist, I cannot WAIT to help sufferers like myself, get to a healthy enough point in their lives so they can actually start enjoying life again, by treating this illness holistically, looking at the mind, spirit, and the ENTIRE body, where every part interrelates and works TOGETHER.
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Although it was raining here, it felt kind of nice putting on pants, a sweater, and socks 🙂 There’s nothing better than cozying up with a blanket, a good book, and a cup of tea!