Sleep disturbances are also a common issue that plagues people with fibromyalgia. Many fibromyalgia sufferers experience the extreme fatigue that comes along with the inability to get a full, restful night of sleep. Here are three tips that will hopefully prove beneficial in getting some much-needed rest:
- Try to develop regular sleep habits. Even on the weekends, keep the same hours for going to bed and waking up.
- Keep your bed for sleeping only. Activities such as reading, watching TV, or surfing the Internet while you’re in bed can lead to difficulties actually falling asleep when you really want and/or need to.
- Avoid certain foods & beverages before bedtime. Refraining from drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages starting in the late afternoon can be beneficial. Eating spicy foods for dinner can also lead to sleep that is less than restful.
Understanding The Pain of Fibromyalgia
Research conducted concerning fibromyalgia suggests that the cause lies in how the body and brain process pain. More specifically, it is thought that people with fibromyalgia are hypersensitive to stimuli that would not normally be perceived as painful. A lot of the studies being done are looking at the tissues of the brain and spinal cord to see if there are any clues to why pain signals are being sent, received, and perceived abnormally.
At Precision Spinal Care, our goals are very similar. We look at the relationship between the spine, particularly at the junction between the head and neck, and the central nervous system. When the atlas (C1) or axis (C2) vertebrae misalign, it can affect how the spinal cord and brainstem transmit pain signals. In our practice, we are able to determine if there is abnormal stress or pressure affecting the central nervous system.
The NUCCA technique that we use to correct these misalignments is very precise and very gentle. If you have fibromyalgia and have not had the alignment of the upper cervical spine checked, it’s important that you do. Many times, an upper cervical misalignment can be the root cause of central nervous system dysfunction, as is the case with fibromyalgia.