Possible causes and triggers of Fibromyalgia that you may not know about

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Possible causes and triggers of Fibromyalgia that you may not know about

21st May 2015 11:50 AM

Author: Samantha Farmer

Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterised by chronic pain in muscles, joints or tendons.  It is commonly connected to chronic fatigue syndrome, as other symptoms of fatigue and sleep disturbance are presented. It can also result in a number of mental health problems including depression & anxiety.

The cause of FM is not yet known, but there are a number of potentials, which might surprise you!

Central nervous system (CNS) a malfunction of the CNS has been found in much of the research undertaken. Also a dysfunction between the CNS, which includes the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system, the muscles and connective tissues, seems apparent.

An altered level of pain-related chemical messengers has been found in the spinal fluids, plus elevated pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are messengers between the immune system and neurological system.

These alterations can disturb pain control, affect sleep, and alter memory and cognitive function.

Mitochondrial dysfunction – the mitochondria are responsible for supplying energy through a process, which requires oxygen.  When oxygen is not available, energy can be produced anaerobically (without oxygen), but this method produces lactic acid, which can cause pain.  A build-up can cause muscle damage, triggering the immune system and release of free radicals, thus potentially causing further damage and pain.

Gluten intolerancelinks between gluten and many ailments is widespread. Removing gluten from the diet has shown benefits to many suffering from muscle pain & fatigue.

Leaky Gut & bacterial overgrowth – bacteria can also enter the blood stream possibly due to antibiotic usage, a high sugar diet, or gluten irritation, which can lead to other food intolerances, an immune reaction and pain as mentioned earlier.


Mycotoxin & Candida overgrowthMold & yeast overgrowth can penetrate the intestinal wall into the blood stream, releasing toxic products resulting in fatigue, brain fog & pain.

Hereditary – there is a tendency for FM to run in families. Certain genetic mutations may make you more susceptible, but as yet these haven’t been identified.

Vitamin deficiencies often people suffering from FM are low in vitamin D, magnesium and vitamin B12. Seek advice before taking supplementation.

Heavy metal toxicity – is frequently found in FM patients.  Its reduction has shown improvement in the majority of patients. Metals include mercury, lead, & cadmium.

Many of the above causes/triggers are interrelated, which suggest a single cause is unlikely. You may wish to find out if any of the above relate to you. If so, you are invited to a free ½ hour session with me, to discuss the potential benefits a nutrition consultation could offer you. And to establish if testing or supplementation may assist you with your personal needs.

Samantha is a Nutritional Therapist and you can see her at our Mickleover Centre on Fridays. To book your FREE 30 minute session with her please use the contact forme on this website or phone us on 01332 521270.

Tags: Fibromyalgia, Nutritional Therapy

Treatments: Nutritional Therapy

Practitioners: Samantha Farmer

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