Fibromyalgia is usually thought of as a musculoskeletal condition. It has, however been shown to have nothing to do with the muscles (even though it feels like it is due to muscular pain). It has been shown to be a condition of central nervous system sensitization – that is, facilitated transmission pf pain in the central nervous system due to neuro-inflammation. Thus creating an increased sensitivity to pain. The cause of fibromyalgia is largely misunderstood but research suggests that the neuro-inflammation is caused by a “leaky gut” and abnormal microbiome (germs) in the gut.
The objective of the treatment of fibromyalgia is to lessen and control periods of pain. This can be achieved by treating and repairing the gut and the microbiome in the gut. Once this is repaired a patient can go into remission where they are pain free, or have greatly reduce pain, for periods of time. Possible causes of a leaky gut and fibromyalgia include genetic predisposition, previous acute stress, both emotional and physical, antibiotic overuse and others.
- Flu like body aches (muscle pain)
- Cognitive disruptions like sleep disturbances and memory and mood disruptions (referred to as Fibro fog)
- Widespread pain, especially in muscle
- Stiffness in limbs
- Extreme sensitivity to heat and cold
- Skin sensitivity
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- “Brain Fog” – difficulty in thinking and thought processing.