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.