Fibromyalgia consists of pain in various muscles throughout the body that is not directly related to a specific injury. The criteria for diagnosis is widespread pain across various regions of the body if at least 3 months duration with no other known cause. Fibromyalgia isn’t really a diagnosis. It is a symptom of some underlying issue or dysfunction. Since it is a symptom of a variety of different issues, there is no one treatment that is appropriate for all cases.
Once all issues that require urgent medical attention are ruled out (infection, malignancy, inflammatory autoimmune disorder,etc.), functional medicine can be vital to finding out the cause and correcting any issues found. Let’s take a look at some of those possible causes.
A review of a person’s social habits and lifestyle can give clues as to potential causes of fibromyalgia. Lack of sleep, poor diet, excessive stress, and lack of exercise can affect our muscles and nerves causing a person to have constant or frequent pain throughout the body.
A full assessment of these potential causes and much more is done as part of the functional medicine consultation. Modifying health damaging lifestyle habits is vitally important to each person’s care plan.
Underlying Root Causes
In addition to investigating a person’s daily habits, specialized testing can be done to identify any sub-optimal functions in the body as well as any nutrient deficiencies.
Here is a list of common underlying causes of fibromyalgia that can be exposed by testing.
- Nutrient deficiencies (especially omega 3’s, magnesium, vitamin D, B-vitamins, anti-oxidants)
- Chronic infections (abnormal gut bacteria, parasites, viral)
- Toxic exposure/poor detoxification (mold, chemical exposure, heavy metals)
- Hormone imbalance (thyroid, adrenal, sex hormones)
- Poor gut function leading to systemic inflammation(flora imbalance, leaky gut syndrome)
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, schedule a consult today to find out more about our program. Our approach is simple. Modify lifestyle factors and test and address any issues that are interfering with the ability of your body to function optimally. Often when this is done, the body will heal itself and correct the dysfunction.