Fibromyalgia: Navigating Wardrobe Woes

Do you feel like you're constantly at war with your own body? Do you wake up tired and in pain even after a full night's sleep? Do you have days where you struggle to remember simple things, like your own phone number or what you ate for breakfast? Are you part of the 2% of the US adult population suffering from fibromyalgia? Do you know what causes fibromyalgia to flare up?

This chronic condition usually brings out symptoms like widespread pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties. Some patients may even describe it as torture instead of discomfort. Besides the physical pain it brings, your fibromyalgia diagnosis can also lead to emotional stress affecting different aspects of your life. You may experience feelings of isolation and being misunderstood. This condition can hinder your productivity to the point that you can no longer perform even simple tasks.

What causes fibromyalgia to flare up?

Fibromyalgia is a complex condition; many factors can trigger or exacerbate symptoms. It's also challenging to diagnose due to its similar symptoms to other conditions. But some patients effectively manage their condition by understanding the reason behind their flare-ups. For example, some possible causes of fibromyalgia flare-ups are pain from wearing certain types of clothing and having a poorly managed or unresolved Upper Cervical misalignment.

Clothing and fibromyalgia

Your clothing may seem like a minor issue, but it can bring intense pain and discomfort for people with fibromyalgia. For example, too tight, rough, or heavy fabrics can exacerbate your symptoms. This is because fibromyalgia amplifies how your nervous system perceives and processes pain signals. Hence, even a mild irritation can be perceived as excruciating. In addition, clothing that puts pressure on your tender points or causes friction can lead to unwanted flare-ups, leaving you feeling trapped in a torture device.

To help alleviate clothing-related flare-ups, you should try the following:

  1. Revisit your wardrobe
  2. Choose loose-fitting clothes with soft fabrics
  3. Avoid tight or heavy clothing
  4. Select undergarments without constrictive wiring or support material
  5. Avoid clothing with scratchy tags or seams
  6. Opt for footwear equipped with quality cushioning material and arch support to lessen mechanical stress on your soles while you walk, run, or do any movement

Upper Cervical misalignment and fibromyalgia

Another possible trigger of fibromyalgia flare-ups is an Upper Cervical misalignment or subluxation. This happens when your two top vertebrae in the spine, known as C1 and C2, shift out of their proper alignment. Injuries, accidents, poor posture, and repetitive or accumulated stress in the area are among the leading reasons for postural imbalances among patients who seek help from an Upper Cervical Chiropractor. 

When the Upper Cervical spine is out of alignment, several structures suffer the impact. This includes the nervous system, creating signal interferences that prevent your body from functioning as smoothly as possible. Furthermore, as your brain makes sense of the misalignment, you become at risk for various health concerns, including widespread pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties, all known signs of fibromyalgia. 

Thankfully, it’s possible to slowly ease your body back into equilibrium. You can do that with the help of gentle and laser-focused Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustments. 

Seeking help from a reputable Upper Cervical Chiropractor can help you fix your neck alignment so the rest of the body systems can work as they should. Board Certified doctors in this field of Chiropractic technique can detect and correct misalignments with the help of advanced imaging scans, thorough physical assessments, and the lengthy experience of the practicing Upper Cervical Chiropractor. 

With proper care, commitment to restoring balance in your Upper Cervical spine, and conscious effort to avoid clothing that triggers flare-ups, you can potentially cope with your fibromyalgia symptoms. Be open and ask your Upper Cervical Chiropractor on your next visit how they can help with your fibromyalgia flare-ups. Managing your symptoms is necessary to ease your pain and cope better with your condition. 

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