A diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be a scary thing to face. In fact, if you begin feeling widespread pain throughout your body, you may want help but may be afraid to find out what it really is. This is understandable. However, we are here to help you understand what fibromyalgia is and give you hope that there is help available.
Let’s begin by taking a closer look at some of the common symptoms of fibromyalgia:
- Extreme tiredness
- Anxiety and depression
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Memory and concentration problems
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sleep issues
- Numbness and tingling
Who are at a higher risk to develop the condition?
- Women get fibromyalgia more often than men (more so when going through menopause)
- Those leading a sedentary lifestyle and not getting much exercise
- Those who have had trauma to the head or neck
- Those with a family member who has fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia remains a bit of a mystery among the medical community. Some theories as to why it occurs have to do with a neurochemical imbalance that causes inflammation. Signals being sent to and from the brain and body can be negatively impacted, leading the brain to believe there is pain when there is actually no pain.
Natural Relief for Fibromyalgia
Upper cervical chiropractors have seen much success in helping their fibromyalgia patients. Here at Precision Spinal Care in Laguna Hills, California, we offer our patients an alternative to prescription medication. We focus on making sure the atlas bone – the C1 vertebra – is in proper alignment. A misalignment of just ¼ of a millimeter can put stress on the brainstem, causing it to send the wrong signals to the brain.
We use a gentle method that helps the bones to realign themselves more naturally than popping or cracking the spine. Once the atlas is back in place, the body can begin to repair itself, and proper communication can be restored. This often helps patients see an improvement in the symptoms of fibromyalgia, or it may go away entirely.