What Are The Causes of Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia may create chronic pain, but the disease has it’s origins in the brain and central nervous system. Technically, it is not an inflammatory disease, it is a central processing disease. Many people diagnosed with fibromyalgia don’t actually have the disease. In essence they have symptoms that are similar, but they are misdiagnosed. It this interview with fibro expert, Dr. David Brady, we discuss the causes of fibromyalgia. You will learn:
- how to get an accurate diagnosis
- what treatments are most effective
- what foods to avoid
- how the gut microbiome and Leaky Gut both play a role in recovery
- the top diseases that mimic fibromyalgia (hypothyroid, Lyme, Multiple Sclerosis, and more)
- what lab tests will help you get an accurate diagnosis
- what over the counter supplements are helpful in alleviating the symptoms in fibromyalgia
- how to begin the process of conquering this frustrating disease.
Links to More Information on Fibromyalgia:
The FibroFix Fibromyalgia Summit <<<
Dr. Brady’s New Book –The Fibro Fix: Get to the Root of Your Fibromyalgia and Start Reversing Your Chronic Pain and Fatigue in 21 Days
Facts About Fibromyalgia
True fibromyalgia does not respond to medications that block or alter inflammation. There is no exact black and white lab test that will identify fibromyalgia, but looking at inflammatory markers, neurotransmitters, food allergies, and hormones will help a doctor make an accurate diagnosis. Some facts about fibromyalgia are:
- More common in females
- More common in compulsive control oriented personalities
- Commonly associated with childhood emotional trauma
- Muscle, tendon, joint, ligament pains
- Poor sleep or un-restful sleep
- Gas, bloating, distention, constipation, diarrhea (IBS – like symptoms)
Causes of Fibromyalgia are Multi-Variable
There are many different triggers or causes of fibromyalgia. Some of the most common trigger factors include:
- Gluten sensitivity – triggers leaky gut, alterations in brain chemistry, and nutritional deficiencies that affect how the brain processes pain. Research has shown that a gluten free diet can lead to a resolution in some with a fibromyalgia diagnosis.
- Genetic Mutations – MTHFR, MTRR, MTR, COMT, MAO, and many other gene mutations can impact the production of the neurotransmitters, dopamine, serotonin, and GABA. These neurotransmitters play a big role in neurological pain pathways.
- Food allergies – like gluten sensitivity, food allergies can contribute to leaky gut. They also commonly cause inflammation in the soft tissues that can mimic a true fibromyalgia.
- Mold and Mycotoxin Toxicity – This can lead to a battery of symptoms including neurotransmitter disruption.
- Microbiome imbalances – Abnormal bacteria, viruses, yeast, and parasites can influence the gut messaging to the brain. Remember that the vagus nerve directly connects these two organs
- Nutritional deficiencies – Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients are essential for the proper production of neurochemicals and hormones like serotonin, GABA, dopamine, epinephrine, thyroid hormone, cortisol, and many others.
- Lack of sleep
- Hormone imbalance
- Emotional Trauma
- Long term chronic stress
In my experience, I have seen case after case of fibromyalgia recover after patients address the issues above. Some of these cases are documented in No Grain No Pain. Have you been diagnosed with fibromyalgia? If so, what helped you get better? Chime in in the comments below, and if you know someone with a fibro diagnosis, make sure you share this article with them!
Always looking out for you,
Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior
You might also be interested in Ultra Calm – a dietary supplement used to support nervous system imbalances commonly associated with Fibromyalgia.
8 thoughts on “The Real Causes of Fibromyalgia with Dr. David Brady”
I found taking Hcg shots reduced my Fibro pain completely. This is a fertility hormone. I always wondered why, when pregnant, I had no issues whatsoever. I also have EDS type III which brings on its own chronic pain issues. I recently switched to low dose naltrexone with amazing results. I’ve always suspect hormones played a role in my pain, ever since my first pregnancy. I haven’t yet been able to connect all the dots though, and answer the question “Why?”. I’ve had chronic pain that would increase/decrease, seemingly between hormonal milestones, since I was 4. Thoughts?
Hcg is a very potent regenerative hormone. Pregnancy reduces autoimmune symptoms because your body’s immune system is altered so it won’t attack the fetus. Are you following the No Grain No Pain diet? This is where I would start. You shouldn’t require hormone injections or LDN to improve.
Let me know how you do with it.
All the best,
I’ve bought the book and plan on giving it a go. I will always choose a natural path if I find one. That said, I think LDN and I are friends for life even if I go grain free. I can’t afford any downtime right now but I will still know if going grain free makes an impact. If I’m able to turn my thyroid around, you’ll have my testimony Sir! ?
You will not be sorry. I followed the diet protocol and am FREE of Fibromyalgia, Excess Weight,Hypothyroidism, Chronic Pain, Ringing in Ears, Dizzyness, and so MUCH MORE. I think this topic should be on Tv and Front page of newspapers everywhere until people get it.
If fibromyalgia is your diagnosis please read the books written on Gluten and Sugar. I have a changed life with giving these two items up. It wasn’t that hard. If each day you wake with so much pain that you can scarcely move…the stabbing, burning pain that is unrelenting…you have to want to make it go away. It can happen. Even my Dr. doesn’t believe the changes in labs and pain level taken place in my body. It is truly my 2016 MIRACLE story and I want to shout from the rooftop and let the world know that if you want it to happen you can make a huge difference. This is after I became isolated and despondent that I was able to turn it around. Just do the research and you can also.
Loved this podcast ! I’ve Had all of these Symptoms most of my life! Mom died when I was 11 years old, grew up with an alcoholic step father, constant fear. I was dx with thyroid cancer at age 22, had surgery and had right lobe removed, given radio active iodine. Now take Synthroid. Pain is getting worse the older I get . I’m now 65 years old. I’ve tried every medication you talked about, nothing helps. I am going gluten and sugar free starting now. I sure hope it works for me too! Thank you for all this wonderful information!
I was told my symptoms are probably fibromyalgia
I had given up gluten & sugar about 7 years ago and today RARELY eat it
My symptoms of join and muscle soreness, weakness- have started around 1 year ago
I had been on a paleo diet for around 4 years and at one point on a no carb diet
I stopped because my stomach cannot handle that amount of meat.
I still think its an inflammation or something else because I keep getting re-ocurring infections in my sinuses, roots of teeth and jaw and neck pain Constantly for the past 4 years
Maybe you can shed some light on this?
I would appreciate your time
Fran, I hope you get to see this as your post was a couple of months ago. It sounds like your pain from sinus infections, teeth, jaw and neck paid started 4 years ago, same time frame you started a paleo diet. The amount of meat you eat shouldn’t really be a lot, small portions of grass fed meat, organic or free range eggs and safer fish is best, eat a lot more of vegetables instead. Small amounts of fruit. Healthy fats. If eating paleo, you wouldn’t be eating any grains including corn or soy. I wonder if you are actually getting hidden gluten, like from supplements or medicine, or if your body is identifying casein in dairy as gluten, if you haven’t cut that out? It would be best to work with Dr. Osborne or a functional medicine doctor in your area. You might have hidden food sensitivities that you are not aware of. I did. Locust bean gum caused me additional sinus issues. It was an odd one, I wouldn’t have figured out without complete testing. Consider seeing a chiropractor for your jaw and neck pain as some of this can be related. Good luck and I hope you are feeling better.