One of the primary medications prescribed for adult fibromyalgia patients in the US is Lyrica. However, a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled trial revealed that the drug had little to no effect on pain levels in adolescents. When it comes to medications that are prescribed to help fibromyalgia patients deal with pain, this shows the frustrating process that many have to go through. One may jump from one medication to another seeing limited benefits and dealing with numerous side effects.
Side Effects of Common Medications
In the study noted above, more than 71% of participants noted adverse effects. One participant even began to experience major depression and gall stones after starting on the drug. The most common side effects were nausea, stomach pain, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Despite these side effects that fibromyalgia patients do not need compounding their symptoms, only two patients dropped out of the study due to the side effects. This shows the desperate situation that many find themselves in. Even when medication provides limited benefits and only make matters worse, patients may feel they have nowhere else to turn.
Fibromyalgia Care Should Be Free from Side Effects
When a person is already suffering chronic pain, difficulty sleeping, cognitive problems, fatigue, and other common fibromyalgia symptoms, the last thing that needs to be added to the list of issues would be the side effects of medications that do little good. Instead, why not look to overcome the underlying problem.
Fibromyalgia has been associated in many studies with a process called central sensitization. This is a natural reaction of the body in times of danger. If you touch something that burns you, the body turns up the pain sensors, so you move your hand quickly. But what if those pain sensors stayed cranked up? Suddenly the caress of a loved one may cause excruciating pain, or the joints might be sore even after a comfortable night of sleep.
Upper cervical chiropractic care provides side-effect-free help for fibromyalgia patients by attacking a potential cause of central sensitization—a misaligned atlas (C1 vertebra). When the top bone in the neck is even slightly out of place, the brainstem can be affected. This can lead to many chronic symptoms such as pain and fatigue. Correcting this underlying problem has helped many to find relief from conditions like fibromyalgia.