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Understanding the link between fibromyalgia and mold exposure
Written by Susan Lillard   
Monday, 25 July 2011 19:22

Approximately 80% of all people who have been afflicted with mold problems suffer from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.

Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.  Fibromyalgia is most common among women aged 20 to 50.

Exposure to certain molds can destroy the mylein sheath (the fatty substance that protects the nerves).

The following conditions may be seen with fibromyalgia or mimic its symptoms:

  • Chronic neck or back pain
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Depression
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Lyme disease
  • Sleep disorders


Mild to severe pain is the prevailing symptom of fibromyalgia.

  • Painful areas are called tender points. Tender points are found in the soft tissue on the back of the neck, shoulders, chest, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, and knees. The pain then spreads out from these areas.
  • The pain may feel like a deep ache, or a shooting, burning pain.
  • The joints are not affected, although the pain may feel like it is coming from the joints.

People with fibromyalgia tend to wake up with body aches and stiffness. For some patients, pain improves during the day and gets worse at night. Some patients have pain all day long.

Pain may get worse with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety, and stress.

Fatigue, depressed mood, and sleep problems are seen in almost all patients with fibromyalgia. Many say that they can't get to sleep or stay asleep, and they feel tired when they wake up.

Other symptoms of fibromyalgia may include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
  • Reduced ability to exercise
  • Tension or migraine headaches

To date, there are a few prescriptions available to treat the symptoms such as Savella, Lyrica, and SSRI’s.  According to doctors, patients have had little success in treating the symptoms with the above drugs.  The pharmaceutical industry hasn’t quite perfected the protocol.  Opiate painkillers do not work against this widespread pain and many doctors agree.  In some cases it can worsen the effects.

Below are some natural treatments that have had a relative amount of success:

The Elimination Diet (

Gua Sha (

Cupping (

And Acupuncture (

Another highly controversial treatment is vibrational medicine (

The Elimination Diet (also known as the caveman diet) has so far been most successful.  It differs from the Mold Help Diet as it eliminates common food allergies. This works against autoimmune disease such as peanuts, soy, dairy, corn and gluten.



# NATHANIEL 2013-03-24 20:58
# sherri gore 2013-05-30 06:03
I got sick at work in 2008 and diagnosed with fibro. After I could no longer physically work there were 6 other women that that got sick as well. I did mold testing in the building because in 2008 we had a hurricane hit and water was visibly seen rolling down the walls. I am now researching to see if anyone else who suffers from Fibro has been exposed to a moldy building. Please contact me with your story. Also would like to know more about the writer of this article and where she got her facts to help my case against Wells Fargo and the building they leased.
# Mari Sullivan 2013-08-10 05:42
My sister and I lived in a town home for the last year that had mold. We were both constantly ill with upper respiratory infections. We now both have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and are trying to figure out the connection. We have moved out of the building but are still suffering symptoms. We are struggling to find any research or anyone with knowledge on the connection between mold exposure and fibromyalgia!
# Aurelio Castaño 2013-08-22 15:37
Hi Sherri, i just read your post, hope your health has improved. I as well have been strugling with Fibromyalgia for the past 4 or 5 years, that is when it was diagnosed. I saw an environmental Dr. By recomendation of my Fibro Dr. He put me out of work inmediately since I was working on a basement that floods constantly and it is not cleaned whatsoever. I am on Workers Compensation now, but I am seriously thinking to initiate some kind of action against the company the owns the building and probably my employer. Would you be so kind and enlight me on the process if you did persued yours?
Aurelio Castaño
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