Fibromyalgia is a common condition that causes widespread muscle tenderness and stiffness, aching (particularly in areas where tendons insert and the soft tissues surrounding them), fatigue, poor quality of sleep, mental cloudiness (sometimes referred to as “fibro fog”, and a variety of other symptoms. Even though fibromyalgia is so prevalent, there is still much to be learned about the condition that affects as many as 4 million Americans age 18 and up.
People who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia have often been on what might seem like a wild goose chase, going from one doctor visit to another. The biggest reason for this might be that the major symptoms of fibromyalgia (pain, fatigue, and sleep problems) are also symptoms of other disorders. There are many conditions that have shared symptoms with fibromyalgia, which is part of the reason why it can be so difficult to nail down a diagnosis:
- Sleep apnea – sleep apnea causes disruption in your breathing while you sleep. This can cause extreme fatigue and the feeling of constantly waking up unrefreshed, similar to fibromyalgia.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – this is a close cousin of fibromyalgia, and the two conditions can seem very similar when it comes to fatigue. However, people with CFS do not experience the increase in pain sensitivity that those with fibromyalgia do.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – this type of arthritis differs from others in that it is an autoimmune condition. It is an inflammatory arthritis that attacks the lining of the joints, causing aches and pains that can resemble fibromyalgia.
- Hypothyroidism – when your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormone, your metabolism can slow down which can cause cognitive issues and fatigue.
- Lupus – this autoimmune condition causes widespread inflammation, and this can mimic the aches and pains of fibromyalgia.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
More and more research is being done on what the exact cause of fibromyalgia is. At this time, there is still an element of uncertainty. What studies do reveal, though, is that people with fibromyalgia do not process pain in the same way that people without the condition do. This is due to changes in the central nervous system (CNS). The brain of fibromyalgia sufferers might produce lower levels of certain neurotransmitters that can cause an increase in sensitivity to pain. There may also be other contributing factors that might precipitate the onset of symptoms, including:
- Emotional stress
- Physical injury or trauma
- Viral infection
- Lyme disease
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Natural, Effective Fibromyalgia Care
One of many natural healthcare approaches you can take is upper cervical chiropractic. The huge benefit of upper cervical care is that it seeks to address the root cause of health conditions rather than merely address symptoms on the surface. The upper cervical spine is made up of the top two vertebrae in the spine – your atlas (C1) and axis (C2) – and how they relate to your skull. This is a critical area to have in proper alignment, as the brainstem exits from the base of the skull and passes through the spinal canal in the upper cervical region. When there is a spinal misalignment here, which can occur due to trauma, injury, or wear and tear, it can cause neurological insult to the brainstem. This can cause a distortion or magnification of pain signals, which can lead to the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Gives Hope (and Results) to Fibromyalgia Sufferers
When you come to an upper cervical chiropractic practice such as ours, you will notice that we do things differently. Some of the things you will experience in order to get to the bottom of your condition are:
- Detailed patient history – we will talk with you to identify any links to injuries, traumas, or any other circumstances that may have played a role leading up to the onset of your fibromyalgia symptoms. The majority of our fibromyalgia patients can recall some type of neck or head injury in their past, and not necessarily close to the time of diagnosis. In many cases, years have passed between some type of injury that may have caused an upper cervical subluxation (misalignment) and the onset of fibromyalgia.
- Thorough examination – this goes without saying, but each individual that seeks out our care is different, even down to their bone structure. This is why we take careful steps to measure each patient’s specific misalignment using diagnostic upper cervical x-rays and other examination protocols. This allows us to tailor our care to individual needs.
- Specific corrections – our examination procedures allow us to build adjustments for each of our patients. Our upper cervical chiropractic adjustments are precise and gentle. They do not require any forceful twisting or popping of the neck in order to achieve the desired correction. The longer our patients are able to hold their atlas adjustments in place, the more uninterrupted healing can take place.
There have been many successful cases of complete resolution of fibromyalgia symptoms in patients under upper cervical chiropractic care. The reason why this is so promising is that the goal of upper cervical chiropractic care is to restore normal function to the central nervous system, allowing the body’s self-healing and self-regulating functions to occur optimally. In the case of fibromyalgia, if pain processing pathways are being impeded by an upper cervical misalignment, then focusing on addressing the underlying cause can lead to a lasting solution.
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