Root Causes of Fibromyalgia
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Gluten has been liked to more than 55 diseases and is often called the ‘big masquerader’. The reason for this is that the majority symptoms of gluten intolerance are not digestive in nature but rather neurological such as pain, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbances, behavioral issues, fatigue, and depression.
Adrenal fatigue is a result of the chronic stress whether real or perceived. Chronic pain is a stress to the adrenal glands, though typically not the initial adrenal stressor. The initial stressor is usually something such as food intolerances, Candida, mercury toxicity, vitamin deficiencies, or mycotoxins. The goal is to support the adrenals with while searching for the root cause of the stress and correct it.
More than half of the people with thyroid issues have no idea they have one and 90% of these have hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid gland. It is vital that your doctor check six different blood markers to measure your thyroid gland’s function, and it’s imperative that your doctor use the optimal levels rather than the standard reference range when assessing and diagnosing thyroid disorders.
Candida is a fungus or yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your intestines. However, when overproduced, Candida breaks down the wall of the intestines and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body causing a host of unpleasant symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, digestive issues, and pain. A lot of fibromyalgia patients have had Candida overgrowth.
Glutathione, a molecule, 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 a glutathione supplement or the precursors (NAC, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle) often helps dramatically with fatigue.
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 the 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 first heal the gut in anyone with fibromyalgia or any chronic illness.
Mycotoxins are very toxic substances produced by toxic molds. Only about 25% of the population carries the genes to be susceptible to the effects of mycotoxins. Conventional environmental mold testing only tests for levels of mold spores and does not test for mycotoxins.
This is a genetic test you can get through any conventional lab. The more mutations you have in the MTHFR gene the less able you are to methylate and detoxify, particular toxins such as mercury and lead. The more mutations you have in this gene the higher your requirements for methyl-B6, methyl-B12, and folinic acid in order to keep your detoxification pathways working properly.
Magnesium, vitamin D, and B12 deficiency are the most common vitamin deficiencies in those who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The best way to measure magnesium is a red blood cell (RBC) magnesium level, which can be ordered by your conventional doctor.
As you can see from the above list, many of these causes are interrelated and often there is no one single root cause of fibromyalgia or any chronic illness. It is a combination of several or possibly all of the above.
Source: Bootree Clinic