Fatigue, muscle aches, and headaches are just a few of the symptoms that can be caused by mold toxicity.  These are symptoms a person with fibromyalgia may also suffer from.  It is worth ruling out mold toxicity in people with fibromyalgia to improve overall energy, stamina, and body aches and pains.

Although the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, it is often triggered by an infection, whether it be from viruses, bacteria, parasites, or fungus.  A fungal infection can be caused by many different mold species. 

Most people with fibromyalgia have impaired immune function.  This is problematic when it comes to mold and mold toxins, which can cause significant medical problems.  About 25% of the population is genetically unable to detoxify mold and clear toxins from the body, causing immune system stress and the inability to recover from illness.

Mold is extremely pervasive, especially in San Francisco.  The fog and dampness in the city allow mold to thrive in basements, bathrooms, and walls.  Often, it is readily realized in the environment by its musty smell, but it isn’t always as apparent.  It can be lurking behind the walls after water damage or anywhere moisture can accumulate.

Exposure is often from mold spore inhalation, direct contact through touch, or ingestion of contaminated food.  Mold toxin (or mycotoxins) can cause problems years after exposure.

Symptoms of mold toxicity can include the following:

  • fatigue
  • muscle aches and cramps
  • headaches
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • unusual pains (joint pain with morning stiffness, electrical shocks)
  • chronic sinus congestion
  • skin sensitivity to light touch
  • numbness and tingling
  • disequilibrium and dizziness
  • frequent urination
  • metallic taste in the mouth
  • sensitivity to light
  • coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath
  • body temperature issues
  • anxiety and depression

Certain foods contain mycotoxins.  These foods are:

  • aged cheeses
  • mushrooms
  • dried fruit
  • over-ripe fruits and vegetables
  • beer and wine
  • processed meats
  • vinegar

The best way to treat mold toxin is to first test its presence in the body.  This is completed with a simple urine test.  Treatment varies depending on mold species and can take a few months time to treat and see improvements in the immune health of a person with fibromyalgia.

People with fibromyalgia are so often frustrated by ineffective treatments and their daily struggles with pain and fatigue.   Mold exposure is definitely a culprit to suspect.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact my office and schedule your appointment.

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