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 Fibromyalgia  Holistic-online.com

What Causes Fibromyalgia? 

Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose. (See diagnosing fibromyalgia.) Fibromyalgia  can be triggered (or made worse) by a number of different factors, such as:

Overexertion
Stress
Lack of exercise
Anxiety
Depression
Lack of sleep or sleep disturbances 
Trauma
Extremes of temperature and/ or humidity
Infectious illness. 

The cause or causes of fibromyalgia are not known. 

The suggested causes include:

Immune system problems - Certain immunologic abnormalities are common among people with fibromyalgia. Some suggest that fibromyalgia is the result of toxins accumulating in the muscles from lactic acid build-up. 
Physically Unfit Muscles 
Disturbance in brain chemistry - Many people who develop fibromyalgia have a history of clinical depression. 
Sleep Disturbances or Insomnia. Many researchers have noticed that fibromyalgia sufferers have a low level of serotonin. They suggest that the central cause of the pain of fibromyalgia is due to this low level of serotonin. Chronic low levels of serotonin cause the sensation of pain to be greatly exaggerated. The low levels of serotonin also may be the culprit of the insomnia and sleep disturbances found in fibromyalgia patients.
Infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, or with the fungus Candida albicans
Food allergy (dairy products, wheat, fermented foods, and nightshades-potatoes, eggplant-are most common)
Emotional stress
Intestinal candida overgrowth
Nutritional deficiencies
Adrenal exhaustion
Chronic mercury poisoning from amalgam dental fillings
Anemia
Hypoglycemia 
Hypothyroidism. 

Fibromyalgia is closely related to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which causes similar symptoms, except that in fibromyalgia, muscle pain predominates over fatigue, whereas in CFS, fatigue predominates over pain. 

See Also: Causes of Fibromyalgia By Nancy S. Morrison

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