The Underlying Causes of Fibromyalgia and 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Part 1

how to beat fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome


Fibromyalgia/ CFS can be caused by a whole range of factors. 

Recent research points toward a variety of “triggers” prevalent in these fatigue spectrum conditions.

1/ A chronic bacterial infection which has over-run your immune systems ability to cope. You can be infected through a variety of mediums.

2/ A viral/ chemical exposure which entered your system causing brain and spinal cord lesions, leaving the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems in a state of chaos. The condition is then maintained and exacerbated by excess toxicity caused by a failing lymphatic system.

3/ A simple gamma retrovirus has entered your system which replicates at a DNA level, allowing the host to survive but in a weakened fatigued state.

4/ A viral/ chemical exposure which entered your system causing a temporary brain injury in the area that deals specifically with immune response.

Types 1 and 2 and 3 will cause the most prolonged/ permanent type of Fibromyalgia/CFS, with Type 4 being mostly related to the type of post-viral illness PVFS caused by Epstein Barr.

In otherwise healthy patients PVFS will usually dissipate over a period of 3 to 6 months and should not necessarily result in, or be classed as, Fibromyalgia/CFS. Although multiple episodes of the same virus can lead to permanent fatigue conditions.

So what is the strategy to recover from the symptoms caused by Type 1 and 2 and 3 “triggers”.

The strategy I propose requires multiple interventions and this has to be so for good reason.

Fibromyalgia/CFS of Type 1 is likely to have been triggered by borellia burgdorferi (or a borellial sub strain), a mycoplasmal infection, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, or one of a host of other infectious agents. 

I specifically use the word “triggered” and not caused.

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

If you have been traveling in specifically tropical or subtropical regions prior to onset of your condition, you might visit a tropical disease clinic. 


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 over a period of time.

Where bacterial invasion is suspected a short course of antibiotics might 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 body’s normal defense mechanisms and organs of elimination should regularize an otherwise healthy system within a few weeks or so.

Indeed almost the entire population shows evidence of being carriers of borrelia or one of its subtypes, so personally i think that the presence of these organisms is NOT the direct cause of Fibromyalgia and CFS in most cases. 

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

It’s my opinion 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 process, 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 disease patients make a full recovery over a period of a few months. Most viral episodes and chemical exposures are processed and eliminated or controlled by a healthy individual over the short to medium term. 

What causes Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? : Part 2

Clive L. Haslam, (B.A, M.Sc, PgDip) 

CFS/ Fibromyalgia Research.

CFS/ Fibromyalgia Sufferer.


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