It is confirmed that the fibromyalgia affects about 10 million people in the U.S. This condition is characterized by the chronic pain, especially fatigue, muscle pain, brain fog, sleep disturbances or depression, cognitive impairment and painful points throughout your body. The conventional medicine has yet to discover the cause of fibromyalgia and just offers treatment of the symptoms through antidepressants and pain medications.
On the other hand, the functional medicine, looks to discover the root cause of fibromyalgia and some other chronic diseases, treating the issue at the root level in order to restore the health of the patient.
1. Gluten Intolerance
The gluten has been connected to more than 55 diseases and is usually called the “big masquerader.” The main reason for this is that many of the gluten intolerance symptoms are not digestive, but they are neurological, like cognitive impairment, pain, sleep problems, fatigue, behavioral problems and depression.
2. Candida overgrowth
The Candida is a yeast, or fungus, and a small amount of it lives in the intestines. When overproduced, the Candida can break down the wall of the intestines and enters the bloodstream, relaxing the toxic byproducts into the body and causing many unpleasant symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, digestive problems and pain.
It is really important your doctor to check the 6 blood markers to measure the function of the thyroid gland.
It is important that the doctor uses the optimal levels rather than the general reference range when diagnosing the thyroid disorders. Getting the thyroid levels of the patient into an optimal range usually alleviates their brain fog, fatigue, depression and sleep disturbances.
4. Vitamin deficiencies
Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and magnesium deficiency are the most usual vitamin deficiencies seen in the patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Several patients reversed the fibromyalgia symptoms completely with just magnesium. The best way to measure the magnesium is an RCB or red blood cell magnesium level, and that can be tested through the conventional lab.
5. Leaky gut and SIBO or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
There are more bacteria on us and in us than there are of our cells.
When the bacteria are out of balance because of sugar-rich diet or use of antibiotics, we can lose the ability to absorb and digest nutrients, especially B12. The gluten can also cause leaky gut and SIBO, and they can lead gluten intolerance and some other food intolerances.
The mycotoxins are toxic substances that are produced by the molds.
The conventional environmental mod testing just tests for mold spores levels and doesn’t tests for mycotoxins. Some doctors use a urine mycotoxin test to find out if some person has been exposed to those toxic molds.
7. Mercury toxicity
The mercury is a toxic to the body and can be just one piece of the puzzle for those people with fibromyalgia. The doctors advise heavy metal testing using a post- and pre-DMPS urine test.
8. Adrenal fatigue
The adrenal fatigue is because of the chronic stress. The chronic pain can be a stress to the adrenal glands, though it is usually not the initial adrenal stressor. The stressor is generally something like a Candida, food intolerances, vitamin deficiencies, mercury toxicity or mycotoxins.
9. MTHFR mutations
You can get this genetic test through the conventional lab.
If you have more mutations to the MTHFR gene, you will be less able to detoxify and methylate the toxins, like a lead and mercury. If you have more mutations in this gene, there are higher requirements for methyl-B12, methyl-B6 and folinic acid to keep the detoxification pathways working perfectly.
10. Glutathione deficiency
The glutathione is the most important part of the detoxification system of the body. The glutathione gets recycled in the body – unless the toxic burden gets high, or we lack GSTP1 and GSTM1, which are enzymes needed to produce glutathione and recycle.
Taking glutathione or precursors (alpha lipoic acid, NAC, milk thistle) usually help with fatigue.
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