Posted on 12/05/2019 in Other

9 Common Causes of Fibromyalgia

9 Common Causes of Fibromyalgia

Millions of people suffer from fibromyalgia which is known for the severe pain it causes throughout the body. It’s also accompanied by depression, chronic fatigue, and sleep problems. Fibromyalgia is still a mysterious condition but functional medicine looks to find its underlying causes. Let’s look at some underlying factors contributing to fibromyalgia. 

1. Hormonal Imbalance      

Hormones control your mood, behavior, appetite, sex drive, appearance, and many other things. Therefore, maintaining healthy hormone levels is essential for everyone. Hormonal imbalance can lead to various diseases including fibromyalgia. Thyroid disorders, adrenal fatigue, DHEA levels, estrogen and testosterone imbalances may indicate fibromyalgia. 

2. Neck Injuries   

More and more researchers seem to be reporting on the importance of physical trauma as a factor in the development of fibromyalgia. Since neck injuries or bad posture can lead to chronic inflammation and put stress on the body’s systems, this may result in the development of fibromyalgia. Trauma-related fibromyalgia, or PTF, is a specific medical condition that exists regardless of individual physician’s beliefs or opinions. 

3. Deficiency of Certain Nutrients 

Each nutrient is essential for your body. Lack of any nutrient can worsen the quality of life and cause serious health consequences. But do you know that some nutrient deficiencies can even trigger fibromyalgia? Some studies suggest that deficiencies of vitamin D, selenium, magnesium, and glutathione IV are potential factors of fibromyalgia. 

4. Bowel Problems 

Bowels are considered an immune organ. The trillions of bacteria living in your bowels create a delicate environment which is called the microbiome. When this environment is disrupted, it may entail many health issues including fibromyalgia. Doctors noticed that a lot of people with fibromyalgia have the following bowel problems: 

  • Food intolerances (celiac disease, lactose, histamine, sulfite, and fructose intolerances)

  • Bacterial infections 

  • Chronic fungal or yeast infections

  • Leaky gut syndrome

These bowel issues can also be potential factors and symptoms of fibromyalgia. 

5. Toxins 

We all are facing different toxins every day. They come from the environment, food, beauty and cleaning products. Toxins are everywhere and they slowly lower our immune system. But our bodies are viable and can deal with a certain level of toxins. And high levels of toxins can cause fibromyalgia. Mycotoxins come from mold and heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, and most often lead to fibromyalgia.   

6. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 

Posttraumatic stress disorder occurs in people of all ages after a terrifying event such as rape, war or abuse. People with this disorder usually experience symptoms for longer than a month and are not able to function as they did before the terrible event.  

7. Anxiety and Depression 

Fibromyalgia most commonly leads to anxiety and depression and conversely, anxiety and depression can cause fibromyalgia. These health issues are connected by abnormalities in the nervous system, therefore they may provoke each other.    

8. Gender 

Gender may also be to blame. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men. According to doctors, this may be due to the fact that women have a lower pain threshold than men. 

9. Genes  

Fibromyalgia can be an inherent disease. You can be more sensitive to pain or more likely to feel depressed and anxious. These factors are often connected with the development of fibromyalgia.  

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