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Fibromyalgia affects up to 6 million people or every 1 in 50. The symptoms of this condition are chronic musculoskeletal pain, depression, brain fog, fatigue, cognitive impairment, sleep disorders and pain throughout the entire body. The real cause for this condition is still unclear, so the treatment is consisted of antidepressants and pain killers.
The functional medicine still tries to find the root of fibromyalgia and the ways to treat and revers this condition. These are the main 10 causes for fibromyalgia according to one physician in functional medicine.
10 CAUSES OF FIBROMYALGIA
Candida is a type of yeast that thrives in the intestines. When there is an overgrowth of the candida and the wall of the intestine break down the candida gets out of the intestines and penetrates in the bloodstream. In the bloodstream the candida releases toxins which are then spanned throughout the entire organism causing brain fog, pain and fatigue. Most of the fibromyalgia patients had this condition.
Gluten or also called “big masquerader” is linked to more than 55 different illnesses. The symptoms of the gluten intolerance are not always manifested but they can be digestive problems or neurological problems like fatigue, pain, behavioral problems, sleep disorders, depression and cognitive impairment.
These patients often suffer from vitamin D, vitamin B12 and magnesium deficiency. According to many doctors the increased magnesium levels can reverse the condition. You can measure the levels of magnesium in any lab by measuring the magnesium levels in the red blood cells.
Many people suffer from problems with the thyroid gland and 90% of them suffer from condition called hypothyroidism. The measuring of the function of the thyroid is made by checking 6 blood markers. If there is some kind of problem with the thyroid gland the doctor needs to get the thyroid levels to an optimal range for the patient and not to focus on the standard reference range. Achieving the optimal range of function will eliminate sleep disorders, brain fog, fatigue and depression.
The main cause for adrenal fatigue is considerate to be the chronic stress. Although it`s not always the initial adrenal stressor, the adrenal glands are stressed out by the chronic pain. The most common adrenal stressors are food intolerance, Candida, mercury toxicity and vitamin deficiency. It`s still unclear what really causes the adrenal fatigue, so for now it`s recommended to use adaptogenic herbs to help the adrenals.
LEAKY GUT AND SIBO – SMALL INTESTINE BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH
The use of antibiotics or diet rich in sugar can cause the overgrowth of bacteria in the body. When the bacteria get out of balance the body cannot absorb the nutrients, especially B12 and loses the ability to digest them. People who suffer from fibromyalgia or other chronic disease need to check the gastrointestinal tract, so there won’t be other complications.
One of the main causes of fibromyalgia is considered to be the mercury toxicity. Mercury is very harmful and toxic for the human body. It can also cause other chronic diseases such as chronic fatigue, neurological disorders, cancer and autoimmune diseases. This is why everybody needs to remove the mercury amalgam fillings that were once used by the dentists.
Mold produces toxic compounds known as mycotoxins. Approximately 25 % of the population can be affected by the harmful effects of mycotoxins due to the genetics. Unfortunately the conventional tests only test the levels of mold spores and not the mycotoxins.
For the metabolic process called methylation the enzyme MTHFR is required. This process converts into active forms the folic acid and folate, so the body can use them. If there is a MTHFR mutation the body loses the ability to detoxify harmful toxins as mercury and lead and to methylate. More mutations mean increased requirements for methyl-B12, methyl-B6 and folinic acid for the normal running of the detoxification process in the body.
Another very important antioxidant which has crucial role for the process of detoxification is the glutathione. The glutathione is recycled in the body but if the toxicity in the body is abnormally high or there is a lack of the enzymes which are required for the glutathione to be produced and recycled the detoxification process will not run normally. Taking NAC, precursors such as milk thistle or glutathione can help in the treatment of fatigue.