Posted on: December 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm
Last updated: July 13, 2020 at 2:38 pm

Fibromyalgia is a common label given to patients by their medical doctors. Often times, this diagnosis is made based on the inability of medications to manage the symptoms of this condition. It has been reported in scientific literature that fibromyalgia diagnoses are often made incorrectly, as many patients have underlying sub-clinical conditions that are not apparent through basic blood testing.


Fibromyalgia is generally diagnosed based on symptoms that may include:

  • chronic muscle and joint pain
  • anxiety
  • concentration issues
  • memory problems
  • depression
  • moderate to severe fatigue
  • headaches
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • decreased energy
  • sleep problems
  • morning stiffness

The 6 Most Common Causes of Fibromyalgia Symptoms

A significant proportion of these symptoms occur because many cells in the body cannot handle the physical, chemical and emotional stressors of daily life. This is largely due to a poor diet, lack of exercise and an emotionally-burdened lifestyle. Below, I explain some common and specific causes of these symptoms of fibromyalgia.

  1. Food Additives like Aspartame, MSG and Nitrates

Aspartame and MSG are additives that give certain foods sweetness and umami flavor found in many different cuisines. Both of these additives are called Excitotoxins. They have an excitatory effect on the NMDA pain receptors, which causes acute pains to become chronic (and often, more severe). Consuming foods containing excitotoxins will usually exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms.

Aspartame is found in more than 6,000 products including diet soda, confections, chewing gum, gelatins, dessert mixtures, yogurt and even some pharmaceuticals. It is consumed by over 200 million people around the world according to Aspartame.

MSG is found in many frozen and processed foods, as well as some asian style cuisines.

Nitrates are found commonly in lunch meats like ham, bologna, pastrami and even bacon.

  1. Diets High in Sugar and Simple Carbohydrates

Cutting down on simple carbs like bread, sugar and cake can reduce symptoms of underlying chronic yeast infections, present sub-clinically, that can often cause fibromyalgia symptoms. Yeast is a type of fungus that thrives on sugars and is often an underlying cause of this condition. These sugars also result in a spike in blood glucose and its subsequent immediate drop, which exacerbates the fatigue experienced by patients. What’s more is that high sugar intake and, therefore more insulin, leads to greater excretion of magnesium; this mineral is crucial for preventing muscle aches and pains.

For overall health and to help fix your gut bacteria, it is important to cut out sugary foods, particularly high fructose corn syrup. Cutting out simple sugars is also incredibly effective to aid in loss of excessive weight – I am living proof of this.

  1. Caffeine (e.g., Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

Due to the stimulant effects of caffeine, many sufferers use high-caffeine beverages as a source of energy. The energy boost you get from caffeine is merely temporary and can quickly worsen fatigue symptoms. Symptoms of fatigue are often much deeper and longer lasting due to the sedatative effects of caffeine, which follow the immediate energy boost.

Cutting out caffeine can have amazing positive benefits on energy levels within less than a week. Some patients even notice a difference almost immediately!

  1. Yeast and Gluten

These 2 very different substances are frequently found together, particularly in baked goods like cake, donuts and bread. Yeast-heavy diets can foster overgrowth of yeast fungus in the body, leading to more joint and muscle pain. Gluten, on the other hand, has been linked to impaired digestion and many autoimmune conditions which are present sub-clinically in fibromyalgia patients. Gluten has been found to break down the tight junctions between cells of the intestine (i.e., Leaky Gut Syndrome) leading to foods and chemical toxins entering the bloodstream that otherwise wouldn’t.

Many chronic pain and autoimmune disease sufferers will also benefit from incredibly positive changes in their health by simply cutting out gluten from their diet.

  1. Dairy

Dairy products have also been linked to various digestive issues, similar to gluten. Sub-clinical dairy intolerance is common and dark green vegetables are a natural (and better) source of calcium than milk.

FYI: Humans are the only mammal that continues to drink and eat milk products beyond the age of two.

  1. Nightshade Vegetables

Some vegetables, referred to as nightshade plants, have been found to trigger flares in arthritis and fibromyalgia symptoms. These vegetables include tomatoes, chili and bell peppers, potatoes and eggplant. For the most part, these are nutritious vegetables. So, if they do not trigger symptoms, don’t ban them from your diet.

Are you suffering from fibromyalgia or related chronic symptoms? We highly recommend using Activations Ease naturally pure magnesium oil for natural and effective pain relief. Within 2-3 simple sprays and a few minutes, inflammation goes down and soreness starts going away.

This great post was written by Dr. Navaz Habib. I encourage you to go check out his website and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Dr. Navaz Habib
Dr. Habib is a Chiropractor, Functional Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncture Provider based out of the Greater Toronto Area. He consults with patients world-wide in regards to autoimmune, brain, gut and hormone health conditions. His goal is to find the root cause of the biochemical, physiologic, genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors contributing to his patients symptoms. Virtual consultations are available world-wide and on location in Toronto.

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