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.



2 Responses to “Harmful Gut Bacteria Contribute to Your Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain”

  1. […] Gut bac­te­ria and fibromyal­gia Tags: antibi­otics, gut microor­gan­isms Posted in Health Effects of the Envi­ron­ment and Med­ical System […]

  2. 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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