Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder, similar to osteoarthritis. It is chock full of symptoms, however it is one of the most misdiagnosed disorders around. There are no tests that can be done to determine if you have Fibromyalgia. Health care physicians often have to work their way through the possible diseases one by one to cross off each suspect. There are many signs that hint towards Fibromyalgia. For instance, a family history of the disease can tell you if you should be concerned. If you have other rheumatic diseases or disorders, as well as widespread pain on one side of the body, you might want to consider prevention methods of developing Fibromyalgia.
7 Hidden Signs
1. Gluten Intolerance has been linked to over 55 different diseases, earning it the nickname the "big masquerader". Many of the symptoms one can have from gluten intolerance are neurological, rather than digestive. Many suffering from a gluten intolerance will notice symptoms like pain, sleep disturbances, fatigue, cognitive impairment, depression and behavioral issues. A study was completed to determine if the two could truly be interconnected, and it was determined that those suffering from Fibromyalgia could benefit greatly from simply changing their diet to gluten-free.
2. High levels of mercury have been linked to the development of Fibromyalgia. It was found, in a study from 1990-1991, that when they treated 10 people with DMPS to remove mercury and other toxic heavy metals from a system, they found improvement in their Fibromyalgia symptoms. When the treatment was completed, all but one of the participants had improved. Mercury toxicity can be done by just about anything that may be exposed to mercury, or other toxic metals. For instance, car exhaust and smoking can produce cadmium poisoning, while drinking tap water can lead to aluminum toxicity. The rule with toxicity is to remove the source, because if you don't, then you won't get better.
3. Being deficient in certain vitamins, such as vitamin D and B12, is common in those with Fibromyalgia. The best way to determine vitamin levels are through blood tests, which will let you know what you should be taking, as well as what you don't need more of. Research into the correlation of vitamin D and Fibromyalgia was done to determine the affect they have on one another. Of the 100 women, 61 had a 25 D deficiency. Of those 61, when given vitamin D supplementation, 42 of them showed significant improvement. However, when claims that Magnesium played a role surfaced, it was found that there was no real connection.
4. While there have been no clinical trials linking and confirming this, it is highly suspected that thyroid problems may be connected to Fibromyalgia. The symptoms of a thyroid problem include unexplained weight gain or loss, swelling in the neck, hair loss, changes in the heart rate, mood swings, and hot or cold flashes. In the long run, the two may be connected, however it is uncertain. It is best to get all six blood markers checked to measure the thyroid's function, and get them to the optimal range. This will alleviate brain fog (known for its connection to Fibromyalgia), as well as tiredness, sleep disturbances and depression. Eventually, there will be more conclusive knowledge pertaining to this issue.
5. Mycotoxins are a very toxic substance made from mold spores. Many people have it without realizing, since it isn't tested for in the mold test kits you can get from the store. It has been a well-known health risk for well over 20 years, and researchers have begun to look into the affect Mycotoxins can have on the body. In one study, 112 chronic pain patients were tested for Mycotoxins with a urine test, and every single one of them had Mycotoxins in their urine. The most significant symptom of Mycotoxins include vitamin deficiency and developing infectious diseases.
6. Many people suffering from Fibromyalgia, as well as other chronic pain diseases, are often diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. Chronic pains put extra stress on the body's adrenal glands, even though the initial stressors are Candida, mercury toxicity, food intolerance, vitamin deficiencies and Mycotoxins. It is important to take care of the adrenal glands, as well as to stamp out the root cause of the stress, rather than to aim for the various symptoms. This condition can be diagnosed with a blood test. However, the deeper connection between Fibromyalgia and adrenal fatigue has yet to be tested.
7. The mutation of the MTHFR gene, which is a gene intended to create amino acids and proteins, has been potentially linked to Fibromyalgia. It was found that those with mutated genes are more vulnerable to Fibromyalgia, as well as other disorders and neurological syndromes. The more mutations the body has, the less you are able to detoxify and remove toxins such as mercury and lead. The mutations also force your body's requirements for folinic acid, methyl-B6 and methyl-B12 to go up.
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