Fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to diagnosis and treat because the causes are relatively unknown. Researchers and medical professionals have hypothesized the condition’s root causes, and believe an abnormal increase of pain neurotransmitters (chemicals that transmit signals) to the brain could be making the brain sensitive and overactive to pain.
Others believe genetics, physical trauma, emotional trauma, or infections may increase a patient’s chance of developing the condition. Regardless, the team at American Spine is dedicated to treating patients with chronic pain and understands a variety of factors could contribute to fibromyalgia. Below are a few potential fibromyalgia triggers to look out for:
Non-celiac gluten sensitivities have become a major topic of discussion within the medical community because some studies have reported more than 44 diseases may be linked to gluten. Gluten intolerances may not be digestive in nature as well—there have been reports of neurological (pain), cognitive and behavioral issues linked to gluten sensitivities, so it may benefit you to get yourself tested.
The most common vitamin deficiencies seen in patients with fibromyalgia are magnesium, vitamin D and B12 deficiencies. Some naturopathic health clinics have claimed supplementing with magnesium alone can dramatically reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. Nevertheless, it’s important to consult your American Spine physician about your current fibromyalgia treatments before introducing a nutritional supplement.
Hyper- or hypothyroidism can create a number of health issues like muscle weakness, difficulty sleeping, hair loss, nausea, vomiting and a slowed heart rate. Getting your thyroid levels checked and in an optimal range may help reduce chronic pain symptoms.
Adrenal fatigue is typically caused by chronic stress. Some theories regarding fibromyalgia have suggested that the condition can be a result of stress-induced changes in the hippocampal area of the brain, making symptoms of adrenal fatigue and fibromyalgia very similar. Controlling stress by trying safe, stress-relieving outlets like running, mediation, yoga, etc. may help reduce chronic pain symptoms in addition to getting your adrenal glands checked.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
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