Fibromyalgia is known for causing chronic pain, but this syndrome that seems to target women between the ages of 20 and 50 can present with dozens of symptoms. Since it can be a long process to get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, the true prevalence of this condition is not really known. However, it is estimated that about 5 million people are suffering from fibromyalgia in the US alone.
We’re going to take a close look at some of the many and varied symptoms that can make fibromyalgia so debilitating, but we also want to provide you with hope that there is a natural way to find relief, so be sure to read through to the end of the article.
Fibromyalgia is known for pain in general, but specific pain symptoms can help to identify fibromyalgia. Here are a few of the common pain symptoms:
Gastrointestinal issues also abound for fibromyalgia patients. A commonly associated condition is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). While IBS is not a symptom of fibromyalgia, patients with fibromyalgia often also have IBS. Whether or not this is the case for you, your symptoms can include:
Fibromyalgia affects the senses. One hypothesis is that the body is in a constant state of central sensitization which is what causes much of the pain. As a result, the patient experiences an increased sensitivity to pain. A gentle touch may be unbearable. But this is not the only way the senses are affected. Other symptoms include:
Another anomaly that seems to be related to the senses is the pins and needles feeling that many fibromyalgia patients experience, particularly in the hands and feet. They can almost feel swollen at times even though this is not the case. Patients often report the feelings of inflammation or arthritis although medical testing reveals that neither condition is present.
Fibro fog is one of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia. This includes a number of cognitive symptoms that include:
Fibromyalgia patients are also more likely to suffer from various sleep or mood disorders including:
If you saw yourself throughout this description, don’t give into despair. There is a natural form of care that has been bringing hope to many and has even resulted in the complete resolution of symptoms for some patients. What is this natural way to get relief? We’d like to introduce you to upper cervical chiropractic care, a little-known subspecialty in the field of chiropractic.
Upper cervical chiropractic involves precise measurements and gentle adjustments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae, the top two bones of the spine. Positioned at the base of the skull, these bones are responsible for everything from protecting the brainstem to facilitating blood flow to the brain. Even the slightest misalignment can result in an array of symptoms including many of those associated with fibromyalgia.
Spinal health is vital to everything from proper functioning of the central nervous system to how well the gastrointestinal tract functions. Thus, this is a great way to find relief if your symptoms are related to a misalignment. In order to find out if you are experiencing an upper cervical misalignment, you will want to get an examination from an upper cervical chiropractor. But if your shoulders or hips are uneven, and especially if your legs are slightly different lengths, such a misalignment is likely.
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