When one finds out that the pain he or she has been coping with is due to fibromyalgia, it can be frightening and confusing. I hope that through the information in this article, we can alleviate some fears and help you to understand what fibromyalgia is really about and ways to care for it.
Why Fibromyalgia Happens
While this condition remains a mystery to many researchers and scientists, they have agreed on some of the following reasons fibromyalgia may begin:
- Severe illness – Fibromyalgia often begins after one has suffered from a long-term illness
- Repeatedly suffering an injury
- Physical trauma – such as a car accident and/or major emotional stress
Who Gets Fibromyalgia?
Some seem more likely to get fibromyalgia than others. These include:
- Those diagnosed with lupus
- Those suffering from rheumatoid or spinal arthritis
- Female patients between the ages of 25 and 60
What Symptoms Should One Look For?
If one suspects he or she may be showing signs of fibromyalgia, here are some of the most common symptoms to look out for:
- Problems with sleep
- Feeling stiff upon waking
- Pain throughout the entire body
- Memory and cognitive issues – also referred to as brain fog or fibro fog
- Abnormal, chronic headaches
- Tender spots on the body
- Tingling sensation in the hands and feet
Medication only provides temporary relief from pain. If one is looking for natural care, the following may help:
- Changes in diet – Avoid processed foods and refined sugar as these lead to inflammation.
- Getting a good night’s rest – A good bedtime routine and getting regular sleep can ease pain.
- Exercise – Too much exercise can increase pain levels. The reverse is true with mild to moderate exercise. It keeps the joints mobile and decreases pain.
Visiting an Upper Cervical Chiropractor
If one of the bones of the upper neck has misaligned, I can help get the spine back into proper shape. I do this by using a gentle technique called NUCCA that does not inflict additional pain. When the bones are back in proper alignment, the body begins working at its optimum, often leading to a decrease in fibromyalgia symptoms, and sometimes remission of it altogether.
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