As experts in digestive issues and autoimmunity, we see quite a few people who are suffering with fibromyalgia.
In a blog post, Dr. Michael Eades talks about one of the causes of fibromyalgia, vitamin D deficiency.
“…the huge epidemic of fibromyalgia we are seeing today is in great measure a consequence of vitamin D deficiency. Without enough vitamin D, bone doesn’t harden as it should. It grows, but is softer and mushier and less supportive than it should be.
The body continues to make more bone to try to remedy the problem and the bones actually enlarge. This enlargement presses against the periosteum, the fibrous sheath that surrounds the bone and through which the nerves run. As the pulpy bony growth presses against the periosteum, it stimulates the nerves in the periosteum and causes the deep bone pain common to sufferers of fibromyalgia.
Doctors who are up to date on their vitamin D knowledge will press the breastbone to try to elicit pain. And if they do, their patient is probably suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. If that’s what the blood test shows, then the fibromyalgia can be treated with a course of sunshine and/or vitamin D supplementation.”
A fascinating idea and I’ve definitely seen fibromyalgia patients improve with vitamin D supplementation.
I do not however think this is the only cause of fibromyalgia.
One of the flaws I have with conventional medicine is its insistence on trying to simplify things to one cause-one treatment.
While this works well for a few things like some infectious diseases, my experience has been it works very poorly for complex, chronic diseases. Of which fibromyalgia is one.
Is all fibromyalgia caused by vitamin D deficiency? I don’t think so.
Is some? Yes.
If you have fibromyalgia should one of the very first things you try be Vitamin D? Absolutely. Vitamin D is cheap, effective, benefits your health in a vast multitude of ways and is virtually non-toxic.
For more on fibromyalgia I highly recommend you check out Dr. Jacob Tietelbaum’s work.
He lays out a very comprehensive plan for treating chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia that is holistic in nature – Sleep, Hormones, Infections and Nutrition with each area needing to addressed in order to provide healing. At its heart Dr. Tietelbaum believes fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are diseases of inadequate energy production.
Dr. John Lowe believes fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are fundamentally a disorder of thyroid hormone and has found that a program of healthy diet and lifestyle, moderate scaled exercise, and the monitored intelligent use of thyroid hormone brings great relief to patients. Since we understand that thyroid hormones control the metabolism of the body and therefore energy production this seems to fit well with Dr. Tietelbaum’s theory of fibromyalgia.
When a fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue patient comes to see me I use all of these ideas. We test and replete vitamin D, we test the thyroid and use thyroid hormone if appropriate, we normalize sleep, treat infections and improve nutrition.
I would also add that often we see defects in liver detoxification pathways and often the patient is very toxic, and we need to correct these pathways and help the patient detoxify in order for them to recover their health.
If you have chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia don’t let anyone call your crazy, and don’t let a doctor blow you off. You can get better. Find a doctor or other healthcare practitioner who will work with you and use some of these effective non-mainstream therapies to help you recover your health.
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