5 Likely Causes of Fibromyalgia
The National Fibromyalgia Association estimates that over 10 Million Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia. It is also the second most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis.
While there are still many questions surrounding fibromyalgia, most researchers agree that a combination of several symptoms are what initiates the condition. Here are the 5 most common causes of fibromyalgia.
1. Gynecological Surgery or Disease
Were you diagnosed with fibromyalgia following a gynecological surgery, such as a hysterectomy? If so, it may be one of the causes of your battle with fibromyalgia.
A recent study, conducted late summer 2015, confirms the link between these types of surgical procedures and the onset of fibromyalgia. Also, there was further evidence presented that the association of fibromyalgia with gynecologic, endocrine & auto immune conditions.
2. Vitamin Deficiency
Muscle function is dependent on the right balance of vitamins & minerals in cells. Measuring these levels is difficult to do on your own, but increasing vitamins B12 & D often decrease the severity of pain & fatigue associated with fibromyalgia.
Leaky gut syndrome is also related. Leaky gut creates problems with the mucus membranes in your intestines, making vitamin absorption difficult and widespread viral infection possible.
3. Brain Chemistry
Individuals with fibromyalgia generally have lower levels of neurotransmitters and endorphins, which creates vulnerability to pain.
Serotonin is significantly decreased in the brain of fibromyalgia patients, as is growth hormone, and endorphins, which are natural painkillers. On top of these deficiencies, doctors have found an increase in the chemical known as “substance P”, which amplifies pain signals.
Chronic stress is widely thought to be the culprit behind many conditions, including chronic pain conditions.
5. Genetics/Family History
Because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, there may be certain genetic mutations that may make you more susceptible to developing the disorder.
What’s Next for You?
There are many tests that allow an integrative medical practitioner to look at the underlying processes fibromyalgia. The underlying cause – and not just the diagnosis – should be the focus of treatment for long-term resolution of symptoms. If the root causes are not addressed, then a pathology will continue to cause problems for the person, even if the symptoms subside temporarily.
Diagnostic testing of the GI tract, immune system, hormones, toxins, nutritional markers, inflammation, and brain mapping are important when developing a customized treatment plan. This approach helps to target treatments that will be effective for a given individual, treating the whole person, with the goal of optimum wellness without unwanted side effects.