It’s estimated that fibromyalgia affects approximately 10 million people in the United States. Fibromyalgia is classically characterized by chronic pain, particularly muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, brain fog or cognitive impairment, depression and painful tender points throughout the body.
Conventional medicine has yet to uncover the cause of fibromyalgia and only offers management of symptoms through pain medications and antidepressants.
Functional medicine, on the other hand, looks to find the root cause of fibromyalgia and other chronic diseases, treating the problem at the root level to restore the patient to health. As a functional medicine physician, I’ve helped many patients recover from fibromyalgia. Below are the top ten root causes of fibromyalgia I see in my clinic.
1. Gluten intolerance
Gluten has been liked to more than 55 diseases and is often called the “big masquerader.” The reason for this is that the majority of gluten intolerance symptoms are not digestive in nature, but are instead neurological, such as pain, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbances, behavioral issues, fatigue and depression.
2. Candida overgrowth (more…)
If the Noradrenaline (NA) neurotransmitter communication channel is not working properly, you will feel tired. One can test this channel, using the following procedure.
A) Click here to learn about brain chemistry.
B) Click here to learn about the chemistry behind the Noradrenaline neurotransmitter.
2) Take A Tyrosine Challenge Test (more…)
If you’ve ever been in a sauna then you know first hand how rejuvenating and invigorating a good sweat can be. Sweating is a form of detoxification and there may be no better place to stimulate this process than in the sauna. Sauna therapy developed in the Scandinavian region, specifically Finland, and is used for bathing, improving ailments, and even as a setting for childbirth. To say the sauna is a foundational element of Finnish society would be an understatement, some even view it as a holy place and behave as they would in a church. It’s no wonder, more than just a place to feel good, the sweat inducing heat is also thought to improve many health problems including hypertension, fatigue, pain, and even addiction. (more…)
MMF is a nasty neurological disorder with ties to multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. As we’ve come to expect, though, the WHO acts as if it’s more interested in covering up the cause – vaccines.
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by Heidi Stevenson
Originally posted November 2009
A new neurological disease, which is almost certainly caused by aluminum adjuvants in vaccines, is characterized by severe muscle and joint pain, inflammation with fever, and debilitating fatigue. Macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF), which is similar to, but diagnostically distinct from, fibromyalgia was first identified in 1993. Because adjuvant aluminum is the probable cause of MMF, some researchers have suggested that it may also be the cause of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia represents a cellular energy crisis with many causes. Treatments that increase energy production can often be helpful. This includes the “SHINE” protocol (Sleep, Hormones, Infections, Nutrition, and Exercise), which was shown to be highly effective in an earlier RCT. A soon to be published multicenter study showed that D-ribose supplementation (Corvalen) increased energy an average of 61% at three weeks, while also improving sleep, cognitive function, pain, and overall well-being. (more…)
Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder characterized by fatigue, widespread pain, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbance, and cognitive impairment.1 Diagnosis is made by exam and history, with 11/18 tender points positive, and is based on the new criteria developed in 2010 by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). This consists of the Widespread Pain Index (score >7), a Symptom Severity Scale (score ≥5), the presence of symptoms for at least 3 months, and no comorbidity that would explain the pain.2 (more…)
A clinical trial published in January 2012 in Rheumatology International reports that magnesium supplementation reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain and tenderness in the muscles and soft tissues and is associated with fatigue, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that over five million American adults are affected by fibromyalgia. (more…)