Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition that causes widespread aching, stiffness and burning pain that spreads to other local areas of the body.
The symptoms, though severe, are often so generalized that it can take up to 5 years  for a doctor to properly diagnosis the condition.
On your next visit, share this list of 10 causes of fibromyalgia with your doctor. It just may help expedite the treatment process. After all, the sooner you’re diagnosed, the sooner you can get the proper treatment you need to alleviate your pain.
According to research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the development of fibromyalgia has been linked to incidents of post-traumatic stress disorder . If you have suffered from PTSD, or are currently experiencing symptoms, talk to your doctor right away.
2. Autoimmune Diseases
Fibromyalgia is in the family of rheumatoid conditions, but it is not an autoimmune disease, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . However, people with rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease, can be more susceptible to developing fibromyalgia.
Specific genetic mutations can make us more prone to developing fibromyalgia. So, if your family’s medical history includes fibromyalgia, or people with symptoms of the condition, tell your doctor.
Some illnesses can trigger the onset of fibromyalgia. Let your doctor know about any infections or other physical ailments you may have experienced that you have not previously shared with him.
According to the American Medical Association (AMA), mycotoxins are linked to fibromyalgia . The longer the exposure, the worse the symptoms, so consult your doctor immediately if you’ve been exposed to fungal toxins.
6. Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals are not neutralized adequately in the body. The resulting physiological stress is what causes oxidative stress, and it has been shown to be linked to the onset of fibromyalgia .
7. Intolerance to Food Ingredients
Yes, what you eat can make a difference. Try keeping a food journal and, alongside of it, track your pain symptoms. If you notice that your pain flare ups increase after consuming foods containing gluten or dairy, for example, share this information with your doctor. Together you can work on a dietary plan that may help mitigate some of your symptoms.
An underactive thyroid can sometimes cause symptoms that mirror those of fibromyalgia, including weakness, depression, and muscle pain. Your doctor can order blood tests to determine if that’s the cause of your symptoms.
Separate studies, noted by the NIH  and the University of Maryland  have found a link between the reduction of fibromyalgia-related pain and the addition of magnesium supplements to the diet. Talk to your doctor about finding the right supplement, as well as foods that can help you naturally increase your magnesium intake.
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, is caused when an abnormally high number of bacteria exist in the upper part of the small intestine.
The bacteria, which are generally harmless, then become harmful, producing enzymes, toxins and harmful gases that cause intense pain and, sometimes, intestinal damage. If you experience these symptoms, talk to your doctor, as SIBO has been directly linked to fibromyalgia .
Finally, maintain a log of your symptoms. That way, when you do visit your doctor, you won’t be leaving anything out. Working together, you can treat your fibromyalgia symptoms, and get to the root cause.[mks_toggle title=”sources” state=”close “]
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