Fibromyalgia Symptoms, Causes and Testing Techniques

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

For a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to be made, two factors must be present:

• Unexplained, widespread pain that lasts at least three months. Fibromyalgia symptoms.
• Pain in at least eleven of the eighteen tender points when gentle pressure is applied

Many other symptoms may exist alongside the pain, including the following:

• Fatigue
• Sleep disturbances
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Difficulty concentrating
• Memory problems
• Dizziness
• Tingling of the hands or feet
• Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
• Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
• Heart palpitations
• Heightened sensitivity to loud noises, bright lights, and changes in the weather
• Headaches
• Morning stiffness

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Fibromyalgia Causes

• Sleep disorder (including apnea)
• Allergies or sensitivities to certain chemicals, food, or the environment
• Chemical imbalance in the brain, especially of serotonin
• Virus (especially Epstein-Barr, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus)
• Hormone imbalance
• Damage to cells by free radicals (oxidative stress)
• Poor digestion and detoxification
• Toxic metals
• Poor methylation

See also: “Fibromyalgia Treatment Diet

Testing Techniques

The following tests help assess possible reasons for fibromyalgia:

Chronic infection (human herpes virus type 6 [HHV-6], cytomegalovirus [CMV], Epstein-Barr virus [EBV]—blood
Blood pressure—blood pressure cuff
Hormone testing (thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, testosterone, IGF-1, estrogen, progesterone)—saliva, blood, or urine
Intestinal permeability—urine
Vitamin and mineral analysis (especially for magnesium, B1, B12, iron, and CoQ10)—blood Digestive function and microbe/parasite/candida testing—stool analysis
Food and environmental allergies/sensitivities—blood, electrodermal
Blood-sugar balance—blood
Toxic elements (such as mercury, arsenic, etc.)—urine, hair
Cellular energy (organic acids)-blood or urine
Amino acids—blood or urine
Detoxification profile—blood or urine
Blood thickness—fibrinogen
MTHFR gene mutation—blood or saliva.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms