Can Candidiasis Cause Fibromyalgia?

fibromyalgia and candidiasis

There have been so many theories written regarding the cause of fibromyalgia from gluten intolerance, autoimmune disease, nerve damages to trauma. Yet one of the more unusual of all theories is an infection known as candidiasis or better known as yeast infection.

What Is Candidiasis?

Candida refers to the yeast that lives in our mouth, gut and genitals. Under normal circumstances, it will not cause any problems to your health. However, there are instances where the yeast can over multiply and eventually lead to an infection. This infection is known as candidiasis or yeast infection.

Candidiasis is not really dangerous. Its symptoms include white or yellow sores in the mouth and cracking of lips. They can sometimes be painful, especially when you swallow. Candidiasis in the genitals are more commonly known as vaginal yeast infection. Woman are highly susceptible to yeast infection. In fact, it is estimated that 3 out of 4 women would suffer from this infection at one point in their life.

Some experts believe that chronic candidiasis or chronic yeast infection can cause pain and symptoms similar to fibromyalgia such as:

  • fatigue
  • brain fog
  • sinus
  • headaches
  • pain in the eye, blur vision, light sensitivity
  • muscle weakness and spasm
  • dizziness
  • depression, anxiety

The Link Between Fibromyalgia and Candidiasis 

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that yeast infection is the root cause of fibromyalgia. However, there has been a clear link between fibromyalgia and yeast infection. Experts believe that fibro patients are more likely to suffer from yeast infections which worsens fibromyalgia symptoms.

The possible explanations on the link between the two is that:

  • fibro patients have weak immune systems, therefore, their body is less capable of preventing the overgrowth of yeast.
  • most fibromyalgia patients tend to over consume sugar and carbohydrates to increase their energy levels. A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates can also lead to overgrowth of yeast.
  • The use of certain medications such as antibiotics and corticosteroids can upset the balance of  gut bacteria that can lead to the growth of yeast and thus, will lead to more infections.

Some believe that candida is an underlying condition in many illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Crohn’s disease. Some doctors have said that it is not unusual for some people to blame candida as causing the symptoms of fibromyalgia since a lot of people have blamed fungus for a wide range of different conditions. However, the reality is that it is not really the main cause of fibromyalgia.

Nonetheless, yeast infection is definitely not a condition that you wanted to put up with especially if you are also battling with fibromyalgia. If you notice that you are suffering from yeast infections frequently, consult a doctor immediately.

2 Comments

  • First, Thank you for all your info you give so many of us whom suffer with Fibromyalgia! Only one thing I must disagree with you on the subject of “Yeast Problems”!! At 32 yrs of age in 1986, I had to have a partial hysterectomy, and a lot of my female problems were all due to the overgrowth of Yeast throughout my system, causing terrible pain, horrible vaginal tenderness, it affected my immune system and is a cause of a lot of my inflammation problems!! Back then, medically many did not understand what Yeast could do to people, and I was very lucky to find a doctor, whom at the time was doing research on Candida. He told me, left go, over time it can actually kill you, as it can affect all your organs, including the brain, and has been proven to cause mental illness in people!! Maybe, now that there is more info known on Candida & treatments available, death percentage is very very low, but years ago, they now realize it could have caused more illnesses & deaths then ever known, due to the diets & foods that were eaten in the past!! In 1985 when I was first diagnosed, my doctor put me on a “Yeast Free Diet”, which was not easy back then, and I had to go to a special Pharmacy that was called “an old time pharmacy”, as it made special compound medicines, that were requested from a doctor. That medicine was “Nystatin”, which was only in a powder form and added to water, which I had to drink 3 x a day. It is not just a Diet, but basically a life change with the foods you must learn to avoid and the foods you can eat.

  • I have fibromyalgia & i am constantly battling with yeast infections, UTis and ear infections. it’s costing me a fortune on prescriptions.
    I do recommend to go on the Candida diet, it helped me a few years ago. I am back on the diet now.

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