What is the Root Cause of Fibromyalgia?

What is the Root Cause of Fibromyalgia?

Many people today deal with chronic pain and inflammation they can’t explain. Fibromyalgia is among the leading causes of pain for many people, and it prevents them from doing the things they love. What exactly is fibromyalgia and what causes these painful symptoms? 

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a health condition that creates pain throughout your body. Not everyone experiences the same pain level or needs the same treatment plan. While this condition is not life-threatening, it can make life difficult when dealing with severe pain or pain sensitivity. 

If you have fibromyalgia, you probably experience pain in your muscles and joints. You may also deal with memory loss or fatigue. Living with constant pain can affect your emotional and mental health. 

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Although no one experiences this condition in the same way, there are some common symptoms that signal you’re dealing with this condition. Some symptoms include headaches, digestive issues, jaw pain, fatigue and numbness, to name a few. People who deal with this condition also struggle with sleep quality and extreme fatigue. 

What Is the Root Cause of Fibromyalgia?

While the root cause of fibromyalgia is not clear, there are several factors that can cause fibromyalgia to flare up, or to appear for the first time. One cause is the body’s inability to process pain signaling. There is often an issue between the brainstem and the spinal cord that impairs the body’s ability to properly process pain. 

Any person of any age or gender can struggle with this condition, so it’s important to be aware of the causes. Some factors that cause fibromyalgia to flare up include:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Lack of sleep, or changes in sleep routines
  • Dietary changes
  • Stress
  • Weather pattern shifts
  • Medications
  • Too much exercise

These are a few of the common factors that trigger a flare up of fibromyalgia. While the root cause is different for everyone, medications, genetics, and stress are top triggers of this condition. A doctor can best diagnose the issue and help you to naturally recover with proper pain management and integrative health therapies.  

How Can You Naturally Recover?

If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you understand the challenge of living with chronic pain. While many people try over-the-counter medications and antidepressants with some success, these solutions may not work for other people. Trying natural, alternative solutions can help you recover from the symptoms and gain more control over your health. Natural recovery solutions may include some of the following options: 


Breathing and slow intentional movements can help ease the pain of fibromyalgia. Stretching and breathing may help reduce inflammation and pain. 


Some people practice meditation along with yoga to reduce the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia. Meditation can help lower stress and change the way the brain processes pain. 

Ozone Therapy

Ozone Therapy can relieve pain in many ways.  By reducing inflammation, the body can decrease the pain.

Massage therapy

Massage therapy is another popular solution to reduce inflammation and help you manage pain.  Studies show that massage therapy helps reduce anxiety and decrease the pain of fibromyalgia. 


While exercise may seem like the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, exercise can actually reduce your pain and clear your mind. Strength training and light exercise can reduce inflammation and improve your quality of life. 

Looking for an Alternative Healthcare Solution?

If you’re looking for an alternative solution to healthcare in the Rockville area, Dr. Leo and the team at Today’s Integrative Health can help. Located at 6321 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852, in the Executive office park, we offer comprehensive services that help patients regain their health. Call us today and learn how we can help you.  

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Dr. L. J. Leo

Dr. Leo began his education at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he earned his doctorate in osteopathy. He completed his internal medicine residency through the U.S. Army and had the honor of serving multiple overseas tours before retirement.

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