From RemedyFind: Causes of Fibromyalgia-- Part 3 of 3
Posted Jul 22 2008 8:23pm
This isPart 3of a three-part article discussing theories about the causes / triggers of Fibromyalgia. Please understand that most of these theories have yet to be tested, let alone proven.
LYME DISEASE This disease is caused by a tick bite and symptoms are very similar to FMS/CFIDS. Accurately diagnosing Lyme Disease with blood tests can be problematic, especially if the infection happened a while ago. I heard from one lady who was treated (falsely) for Lyme Disease and now her FMS symptoms are far worse.
TYPE A PERSONALITY I have yet to meet a person with fibromyalgia who was not intelligent, articulate, and high-achieving. It could be that we manufacture more stress chemicals than our "Type B" friends. We like to stay busy, achieve goals, and carry a lot of responsibility. Because of this, the disabilities that result from fibromyalgia can be devastating to us. Learning to pace ourselves and not saying "YES" to every opportunity is difficult. However, we can re-shape our lives into a more relaxed mode and learn that the world will not cave in if we do not participate in everything. Fibromyalgia does not get better by "pushing the envelope" of our endurance--in fact, it is a sure way to bring on a flare.
SPINAL STENOSIS It may sound drastic, but a special kind of surgery is being used to successfully cure FMS/CFIDS in some cases. Spinal Stenosis is where the spinal cord is compressed by surrounding bone (such as a herniated disk). This can cause debilitating neurological symptoms throughout the entire body, including pain and weakness. Dr. Tim Johnson reported that a neurosurgical procedure being performed on sufferers of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue had improved their pain and fatigue. Dr. Banner of Dotham, Alabama found many of his patients with chronic pain syndromes had cervical spinal pathology. Some had compression of the spinal cord at the exit from the skull, known as Chiari malformation. Many of these patients had surgery at the University of Alabama by Dr. Michael Rosner and Dr. Dan Heffez. Many had good results and reported a reduction in pain and fatigue after the surgery.
GLUTEN INTOLERANCE This is also known as celiac disease. People with this condition cannot eat grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Some people who thought they had fibromyalgia actually found out they have celiac disease.
SUBSTANCE P There are abnormally low levels of blood flow in the parts of the brain that deal with pain in people with FMS. We have twice the level of a brain chemical called Substance P, which helps nervous system cells communicate with each other about painful stimuli. Elevated P levels may actually produce the higher levels of pain throughout the body.
BLOOD VOLUME Dr. David S. Bell's study with endocrinologist Dr. David Streeten yielded a startling discovery: the vast majority of Bell's FMS/CFIDS patients had extraordinarily low circulating blood volume (a combination of plasma and the red blood cells via which the plasma delivers oxygen throughout the body).
HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE Many of us with fibromyalgia sleep better if we take a mild antihistamine at bedtime. However, Dr. Felix Ravikovich says that histamine regulates vital functions such as hormonal production, production of neurotransmitters (including serotonin, endorphins and noradrenalin), vascular tone, bowel motility, pain, libido, thirst, and appetite. Because excessive release of histamine is the cause of allergies, doctors prescribe antihistamines to block histamine release. But Dr. Ravikovich says histamine is a self-remedy that can rectify its own production. (I have even heard from people with FMS who say that bee sting therapy has helped them!)
BLOOD THICKNESS Dr. John Couvaras, while researching infertility in women, found a hypercoagulable state due to a coagulation protein defect that exists in women who were infertile and/or had recurrent spontaneous abortions. When Dr. Couvaras put women on low dose heparin in order to become pregnant, their CFS/FMS symptoms, pelvic pain, and migraine-like headaches diminished.
ANTIBIOTICS Debra Simon has fascinating information on her site about the overuse of antibiotics in creating yeast-related illnesses, which have many of the same characteristics as fibromyalgia.
VACCINATIONS Mandatory childhood vaccinations may be the cause of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and a lot of other illnesses, according to some medical experts. See Dr. Joseph Mercola’s site for more information.
This concludes the discussion about the possible causes of fibromyalgia.