It’s only been in recent years that doctors have started to take fibromyalgia seriously. Many used to write it off as depression or worse, something that was just in the patient’s head. While now there are medications and therapies for fibromyalgia patients, very little research has been done to discover why people develop the disease.
With information from mindbodygreen.com and fibromyalgiatreating.com, we’ve come up with a list of possible causes of fibromyalgia that you might want to discuss with your doctor.
Gluten intolerance has been linked to many different health conditions and many feel that it could also be responsible for fibromyalgia. Interestingly, some of the symptoms associated with gluten intolerance are not about the digestive system. Many experience symptoms such as brain fog, joint pain, fever, depression, and fatigue. However, gluten intolerance can also lead to leaky gut syndrome and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
Many fibromyalgia patients have an overproduction of candida, which is a type of yeast that lives in the intestines. If too much candida is produced it can lead to symptoms such as digestive problems, fatigue, pain and cognitive issues.
Thyroid problems and fibromyalgia often go hand in hand, so it’s important that your doctor checks that your thyroid gland is working as it should be and isn’t over- or under-active. Addressing thyroid issues can often help with the symptoms commonly associated with fibromyalgia.
A study suggests that fibromyalgia patients should be monitored for hyperparathyroidism.
Mycotoxins are caused by molds, the spores of which could be inhaled or digested. A urine test can determine if a person has mycotoxins in their system.
If you have mercury dental fillings, these could be responsible for your fibromyalgia symptoms. Having the fillings removed and replaced with non-mercury fillings could help alleviate symptoms. Your doctor can test you for the presence of heavy metals with a urine test.
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
Many fibromyalgia patients are deficient in vitamins B12 and D. In addition, many lack enough magnesium. Having your vitamin levels checked and then taking supplements if needed or addressing the deficiency through diet may help relieve fibro symptoms.
Find out how vitamin B12 affects fibromyalgia patients.
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant our bodies produce, but if your body isn’t producing enough then this could be a reason for developing fibromyalgia.
Traumatic Events and Stress
The adrenal glands become fatigued when a person undergoes a traumatic event or suffers from stress. Often fibromyalgia symptoms first begin to appear following a traumatic experience in a person’s life and stress is well-known to exacerbate the symptoms.
While there is no scientific evidence to say that fibromyalgia is inherited, our genes may make us predisposed to the condition if the environmental factors are present. Studies have found that identical twins are 15 percent more likely to develop the condition if their twin has it.