Finding the underlying causes of Fibromyalgia

Finding the underlying causes of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a rapidly growing disorder.

I believe fibro is not a disease, but is instead a collection of symptoms (that can be severe) caused by dysregulation of several systems in the body. I also think fibromyalgia can be helped.

There is an underlying cause of your symptoms and that’s what needs to be found and treated. For some it can be easy to find that cause and provide treatment. For other’s it can take a little longer to find that cause. But by even making ‘some’ of the changes below symptoms may be improved.

Painkillers or other medications may work initially, but unfortunately over time the symptoms continue and can worsen if you don’t address the root cause/s.

Symptoms vary from person to person. The main symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread pain, but the pain can be worse in areas such as back or neck. Other symptoms can include digestive issues, sleep disruption, tension headaches, migraines, sugar cravings, chronic fatigue, depression, reflux, heart problems and many more.

 

There are many things that can contribute to pain and inflammation, there is no one fixed treatment, as we all have different reasons for the condition. I realise fibromyalgia is complex though and I’m certainly not saying this will fix everyone, but for many people once you find your root cause/s, you CAN start to heal.

 

Here are just ‘some’ things that may help Fibromyalgia (and other chronic illnesses):

Improve digestion and heal the gut:

Address any digestive issues, such as constipation, reflux or pain. Resolve any low stomach acid issues See more here. Heal the gut with things like Aloe Vera. Take probiotics to repopulate the gut with good bacteria. There are many options of how to do all of this and you need to find the best treatments that suit you.

Balance your minerals:

Many people with fibromyalgia have mineral imbalances, if we are imbalanced it can cause a whole host of issues, such as our metabolic rate, energy levels, stress and immune system.

Most people with fibromyalgia (or chronic illnesses) have very high calcium, they lose magnesium easily. They are also low in other minerals including potassium. Balancing these minerals can really help!

For example, magnesium relaxes muscles, helps digestion, regulates blood sugar, and so much more. Magnesium also helps balance calcium. A lot of foods contain or are fortified with calcium, but if calcium isn’t balanced with magnesium, it can build up in the body potentially causing many issues. HTMA (Hair tissue mineral analysis) is the perfect way to find out about your mineral levels. 

Dietary modification:

Many food additives cause inflammation in people. For example, MSG, artificial sweeteners, By  upon eliminating these ingredients from a diet, symptoms can be reduced. I would also suggest addressing any food intolerances or sensitivities you may have (e.g. gluten or dairy). If you are sensitive to any particular foods, they will be causing increased inflammation to the body. I would highly suggest working with a nutritionist before eliminating any foods.

Vitamins are important too:

Many vitamins and necessary for good health. It is really easy to become low in vitamins, particularly if we have gut issues going on. Just as an example, magnesium needs B12 and B6 to work properly for muscle and nerve health.

Get the colon moving:

Toxins from the body can only be removed if you are emptying bowels regularly, ideally every day. I used to think this wasn’t possible, but there are plenty of ways to help this. If you have IBS-D, there are ways to calm the colon down.

Gentle detox:

By helping to detox the body, inflammation, pain and energy can improve. I place emphasis on detoxing the liver, kidneys, and colon and lymphatic system.

It’s important to detox REALLY gently and slowly, if you go too fast you may experience too many nasty detox symptoms and overburden the body.

If you are not regularly eliminating, these toxins can be recirculated in the body making you feel even worse.

Heavy metal toxicity:

Nowadays, we are exposed to and absorb a wide variety of toxins daily, especially heavy metals, such as mercury or arsenic. They are found in both our food chain and environment. It is difficult for the body to maintain its energy levels when burdened with heavy metals.

An HTMA is a good way to find out if you have built up any toxins. Through very gentle detox and support you can eradicate these toxins from the body.

Thyroid or adrenal gland health:

These glands may play a role in the cause of your Fibro symptoms. These glands really do so much and don’t get enough press! I have a post on adrenals if you want to read more here. Again the HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) test can help you discover if these glands are working efficiently, or you can do other separate tests to investigate if you preferred. I can help arrange any of these tests, so please contact me for more details.

Liver health:

The liver has a huge role in our health, it has about 500 functions in the body ranging from filtering toxins from the body, hormone balancing to blood sugar regulation. Medications such as anti-inflammatories can place added stress on the liver and this can take a toll. Gentle support to heal the liver and make sure it’s functioning at its best is helpful in many cases of Fibromyalgia.

Exercise:

Obviously with fibromyalgia or chornic health consitions, excercise is sometimes the last thing you want to do. However, light exercise may help to reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups.

 

So if you, or anyone you know suffers from fibromyalgia or chronic illness. Please let me help you figure out the root cause of your symptoms, to help you get back on track with your health.

Email me at kathryn@routestonutrition.co.uk for more information.

 

References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/symptoms-causes/syc-20354780

https://draxe.com/natural-fibromyalgia-treatment/

http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=15583

 

This post offers health and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with your Doctor.