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What causes Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? : Part 1

Article by Mark Shaw

Fibromyalgia/CFS can be caused by a whole range of factors. All of which, it is most likely your doctor or practitioner will not be able to diagnose.

Only doctors and therapists expert in the treatment and management of these conditions will have the time, testing equipment and expertise to tell you the most likely causes and provide an accurate diagnosis and prognosis.

Recent research points toward a variety of triggers prevalent in these conditions.

1/ a chronic bacterial infection which has overrun your immune systems ability to cope. You can be infected through a variety of mediums. The Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems are compromised and damaged. The condition is then maintained and exacerbated by musculoskeletal imbalance in the thoracic region causing irritation of the surrounding nerve ganglia.

2/ a viral/ chemical exposure which entered your system causing brain and spinal cord lesions, simultaneously leaving the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems in a state of chaos. The condition is then maintained and exacerbated by musculoskeletal imbalance in the thoracic region causing irritation of the surrounding nerve ganglia.

3/ a viral/ chemical exposure which entered your system causing a temporary brain injury to the area of the brain that deals with immune response.

Types 1 and 2 will cause the most prolonged type of Fibromyalgia/CFS, with 3 being mostly related to the type of post viral illness PVFS caused by EBV, in otherwise healthy patients this will usually dissipate over a period of 6 months to a year and should not necessarily result in or be classified as Fibromyalgia/CFS.

So what is the strategy that will improve the symptoms caused by type 1 and 2 by 300%?

The strategy I am going to outline is multi pronged and it is so for a reason.

Fibromyalgia/CFS of Type 1 etiology will have been activated by borellia burgdorferi or a sub strain or a mycoplasmal infection, or ehrlichiosis, babesiosis or a host of other infectious agents. Please note that I use the word activated and not caused.

There is currently a lot of research into Lyme’s disease and similar infections as a theory and subdivision of research in Fibromyalgia and CFS.

These infections may present in conjunction with each other and a variety of others which are beyond the scope of this document. If you have been traveling in tropical or subtropical regions prior to onset of your condition you should primarily present at a tropical disease clinic.

For the purposes of this document I am concentrating on viral and bacterial infections which are causing Fibromyalgia/CFS symptoms in North America/ Canadian States and European countries.

Bacterial infections are notoriously difficult to diagnose, they are transmitted by a variety of ticks and insects. Your doctor will most likely not even attempt a diagnosis.

However, and this is key what we are trying to achieve. The core treatment is the same for Fibromyalgia and CFS types 1 and 2, but a separate regime can be added to deal with type 1 which will facilitate quicker overall recovery.

Why is this, what is going on?

A healthy functional immune system should be able to cope with these bacterial and viral invasions or chemical exposure over a period of time.

Where bacterial invasion is suspected a short course of antibiotics should be adequate to return the patient back to full health.

Similarly with viral/chemical invasion we do not have the luxury of antibiotics, but a normal immune system in conjunction with the bodies normal defense mechanisms and organs of elimination should regularize your system within a few weeks or so, indeed almost the entire population shows evidence of being carriers of borrelia and its subtypes, so there’s no doubt that the presence of these organisms is certainly NOT the direct cause of Fibromyalgia and CFS.

So why do these agents trigger Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome seemingly at random in a significant percentage of people.

It’s our theory that a chronic infection of these types can, in those predisposed, be the trigger for an episode of Fibromyalgia/ CFS, and indeed be a sustaining factor in the disease etiology in much the same way that viral and chemical attacks are known to trigger an episode.

None of these agents are by themselves the cause. Most Lyme’s patients make a full recovery over a period of a few months. Most viral episodes and chemical exposures are dealt with over the short to medium term by the body’s normal defenses..

The cause of these prolonged episodes of Fibromyalgia and CFS which can go on for years or even a lifetime, is that at the time of exposure in those patients musculoskeletally compromised the body’s immune and nervous system, known as The Autonomic Nervous System effectively blew a fuse.

Pardon the unscientific language, but this is actually quite an effective analogy.

This article is continued in:

What causes Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? : Part 2

About the Author

Dr Mark J ShawMark is the author of a new digital book and training manual “Beat Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”http://www.BeatFibroAndFatigue.comMark also publishes in a regular blog at:http://www.BeatFibroAndFatigue.blogspot.com

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