Nobody wants to be in pain, regardless of the degree. In fact, most of our lives are spent in the purposeful pursuit of avoiding pain and in turn, achieving its counterpart, pleasure. However, sometimes pain is unavoidable, and if you are an unfortunate sufferer of fibromyalgia then you already know that all too well.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes muscle pain and chronic fatigue. Those with the condition often experience varying degrees of pain and tenderness throughout their bodies as well as trouble sleeping, stiffness in the morning, headaches, painful menstrual periods, a tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, as well as problems with memory and cognitive abilities (known as “fibro fog”). Sadly, doctors and researchers have yet to pinpoint the cause of fibromyalgia, however, they do have theories – and no shortage of them. Here are some of the more prominent theories behind the cause of fibromyalgia that are bouncing around the medical community.
Gluten Intolerance: An intolerance to gluten has been recently linked to many different health conditions and many believe it could also be responsible for fibromyalgia. The reason for this is because many of the symptoms surrounding gluten intolerance don’t affect the digestive system. These include brain fog, joint pain, fever, depression, and fatigue, all symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Candida Overgrowth: A commonality among fibromyalgia patients is an overproduction of candida, which is a type of yeast that lives in the intestines. Too much candida can lead to digestive problems, fatigue, pain and even cognitive problems.
Thyroid Problems: It has long been thought that a connection existed between thyroid problems and fibromyalgia. Whether a thyroid is over or under active, many of the symptoms are shared between the conditions and often address thyroid problems can alleviate fibromyalgia ones.
Mycotoxins: A mycotoxin is a toxic secondary metabolite that is produced by fungus and is capable of causing disease and death in both humans and animals. It can also be responsible for many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. A simple urine test can be performed to determine if mycotoxins are present.
Mercury Toxicity: Many might think of mercury as the stuff in a thermometer, however, mercury has been used for many applications in the past including dental fillings, which can cause fibromyalgia symptoms. Much like mycotoxins, the presence of heat metals can be determined by a simple urine test.
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies: Upon analysis, it has been found that many fibromyalgia patients are lacking in vitamins and minerals such as B12, D, and magnesium. Having your doctor test your bodies levels is advised and a simple regime of supplements and dietary changes can help mitigate and lessen symptoms.
Traumatic Events and Stress: The presence of fibromyalgia has often been linked to a traumatic experience in a person’s life and stress is well-known to exacerbate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. While fatigue is a common symptoms, it should also be noted that our adrenal glands too can become fatigued, especially after trauma or stressful periods.