Harmful Gut Bacteria Contribute to Your Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

Sci­en­tists test­ed fibromyal­gia patients to see if they had an over­growth of harm­ful bac­te­ria in the small intes­tine.

Not only did the fibromyal­gia patients have high­er lev­els of bac­te­ria than a group of con­trols, the tests showed they had high­er lev­els than peo­ple with irri­ta­ble bow­el syn­drome.

The lev­el of bac­te­r­i­al over­growth also cor­re­lat­ed with pain inten­si­ty – the worse the bac­te­r­i­al imbal­ance was, the high­er the individual’s pain.

The arti­cle appeared in the Annals of Rheumat­ic Dis­ease in 2004.

The test that was used was a lac­tu­lose hydro­gen breath test.  To per­form this test they give some­one a dose of lac­tu­lose – that’s a syn­thet­ic sug­ar that isn’t digest­ed by your intesti­nal tract, but which bac­te­ria can feast on.  The bac­te­ria break the lac­tu­lose down into hydro­gen. Then the researchers check how much hydro­gen you’re exhal­ing.  The hydro­gen lev­els give an indi­ca­tion of the amount of bac­te­ria in your sys­tem.

Con­clu­sion:  If you have chron­ic pain or fibromyal­gia, you’ve got to rebal­ance your intesti­nal flo­ra.

Six top reasons your gut bacteria are out of whack in the first place

  • Tak­ing antibi­otics, birth con­trol pills, NSAIDs, or oth­er phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals
  • You’re eat­ing refined car­bo­hy­drates, sug­ar and processed foods
  • Not enough sol­u­ble fiber – the kind found in fruits and veg­eta­bles
  • Too much wheat and oth­er grains, espe­cial­ly when they’re processed into flour
  • Ongo­ing stress
  • Chron­ic low-grade infec­tion

Seeking a natural treatment of fibromyalgia?  Five changes to implement immediately

I’ve com­piled this list based on com­mon sug­ges­tions made by nat­ur­al health author­i­ties and my own expe­ri­ence in help­ing peo­ple achieve mas­tery of fibromyal­gia and chron­ic pain.

  • Min­i­mal (i.e. zero) use of added sug­ars
  • Min­i­mal intake of bread, pas­ta, or any­thing else made from flour
  • Sup­ple­ment with pro­bi­otics to restore healthy gut bac­te­ria
  • Have your teeth cleaned
  • Steam some kale.  And then eat it.



About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.

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One Response to Harmful Gut Bacteria Contribute to Your Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

  1. Vickie Williams says:

    I have been deal­ing with excess weight and fibro also. This is real­ly inter­est­ing as one of the things I am crav­ing is sug­ars. Thank you for shar­ing this. I am going to try it and see if it makes a dif­fer­ence.

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