Fibromyalgia is a difficult to diagnose condition that causes widespread pain and extreme fatigue. The pain and sleep issues are the two symptoms that most people readily associate with fibromyalgia. However, there are a host of other symptoms that fibromyalgia sufferers cope with during the course of dealing with their condition. Some lesser known fibromyalgia symptoms include:
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- More painful menstrual periods
- Restless legs syndrome
Any of these symptoms on their own can interrupt normal day-to-day activities. When combined with the extreme muscle pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia, it can be even more difficult to manage. Most treatment approaches are aimed at using medications or other therapies to address individual symptoms rather than trying to address the underlying cause. Since fibromyalgia is considered to be a chronic condition, many people are in search of a solution that isn’t merely temporary.
Going Beyond Fibromyalgia Symptom Management
One way fibromyalgia sufferers are finding lasting relief is through upper cervical chiropractic care. Upper cervical care is a niche within the chiropractic profession that addresses the uppermost vertebrae in the spine. The reason we focus our efforts on this area in particular is because of the significant influence it has on the entire body’s ability to function normally. The brain is constantly sending and receiving signals from the rest of the body via the nervous system. Because fibromyalgia sufferers have an increased level of pain sensitivity, somewhere along the line those signals are being distorted.
By correcting very specific misalignments of the atlas, the topmost vertebra, we are able to restore normal brain-body communication. This can change the way someone with fibromyalgia experiences pain. It can also help the body to heal from many of the lesser known symptoms we talked about above, giving fibromyalgia sufferers their quality of life back.