Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition. As much pain as fibromyalgia causes, this condition itself doesn’t actually kill anyone. Unfortunately, a study involving 1,269 Danish fibromyalgia patients reveals that fibromyalgia leads to an increased risk of death from several other circumstances, including suicide.
How the Chronic Pain of Fibromyalgia Increases Risks
According to the study noted above, patients with fibromyalgia are 10 times as likely to commit suicide as a person who doesn’t suffer from this condition. It is important to note that the participants in the study didn’t have a family history of mental illness or a personal history of depression prior to being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This provides additional weight to the idea that the condition itself is what leads to the increased risk.
Other conditions that the study noted were more common for fibromyalgia patients included cardiovascular disease and liver disease. It was suggested that higher rates of cardiovascular disease are linked to the pain of fibromyalgia because the pain leads to a sedentary lifestyle, which in turn leads to being overweight or even obese (another common issue associated with fibromyalgia). Fibromyalgia has also been linked to higher rates of alcohol consumption (perhaps in an attempt to escape the pain), which may explain the increased risk of liver disease.
Getting Help for the Pain ofFibromyalgia
In the end, all of the increased health risks come back to the same thing – pain. So finding a better way to cope with the pain of fibromyalgia is really the best solution to decreasing the rate of suicide, liver disease, and cardiovascular disease among patients. Therefore, we’d like to introduce you to upper cervical chiropractic care.
Upper cervical chiropractic involves precise and gentle adjustments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae located at the base of the skull. A misalignment in this area of the body may lead to problems with pain processing, inhibited blood flow to the brain, and decreased cerebrospinal fluid drainage. Correcting such a misalignment has helped some to find relief from chronic pain. With all of the risks associated with fibromyalgia, it makes sense to consider such a natural and cost-effective solution.
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