Everyone who hears you have fibromyalgia may suddenly become an armchair doctor with just the fix for you. Here are three common suggestions that people immediately make to fibromyalgia sufferers, and why they rightfully annoy you.
1. “Tough It Out”
No one with a chronic illness wants to hear those three words, especially when it comes to taking part in non-necessary recreation. Sure, you may decide to muster all your strength at times for a wedding, graduation, or another special event, but no one else has to deal with the days of consequences that follow – so only you should get to tell yourself when it’s time to “tough it out” for an important outing.
2. “Sleep Is the Answer”
Getting 8 hours of sleep per night can actually reduce pain levels. However, there may be times when your condition just doesn’t let you get that sleep, so it’s not as simple as your friend is making it sound. Plus, sleep alone is not a cure-all for fibromyalgia. It reduces pain levels in the body but doesn’t take them away completely.
3. “Try This Diet”
Everyone has their own ideas on which miracle diet will heal you, but the fact is that your pain may have no relation to your diet at all. Sure, eating lots of sweets will increase inflammation and pain, but eating a raw vegan diet isn’t always the best thing for chronic pain conditions either.
If you’re tired of getting advice from friends who don’t really know what helps fibromyalgia, consider the following case study instead.
Fibromyalgia Resolves in Upper Cervical Case Study
The study involved a 32-year-old woman who was dealing with pain, depression, and fatigue due to fibromyalgia. Over a period of 6 months, she was evaluated 41 times by an upper cervical chiropractor and received 8 adjustments when her atlas (C1 vertebra) was out of alignment. The results?
The first adjustment alone reduced her pain levels from an 8 out of 10 to a 6. Within 6 weeks she was reducing the amount of medication she took to deal with her condition. After 3 months, she was off her meds and felt 90% better. Complete resolution happened after 4 months. She was back to her normal activities and working out with a personal trainer thrice per week.
To see if upper cervical chiropractic is the right option for you, find a nearby practitioner and schedule an examination.