Fibromyalgia and gluten sensitivity often go hand-in-hand. One common symptom of fibromyalgia is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or leaky gut. For some, staying away from gluten has helped to improve these symptoms. What should you look for to know if you are gluten sensitive?
Confusing Fibromyalgia and Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms
The fact is that gluten sensitivity presents with many symptoms that are common in fibromyalgia as well as chronic fatigue. For example, some gluten sensitivity symptoms are:
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fog (often called fibro fog by fibromyalgia patients)
- Depression and anxiety
- Joint pain
- Tingling in the hands and feet
Clearly, it can be easy to mistake a gluten sensitivity for fibromyalgia, so it makes sense to try this specialized diet to see how it affects symptoms in general. However, unless fibromyalgia was a mistaken diagnosis in the first place, a gluten-free diet shouldn’t eliminate all of the symptoms. There is a natural way to get long-term benefits, though.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Many of the symptoms noted above are also related to how the brain and body communicate. If the atlas vertebra (C1) becomes misaligned, it can lead to pressure on the brainstem, reduced blood flow to the brain, and poor cerebrospinal fluid drainage. These conditions can lead to many or all of the symptoms connected to fibromyalgia.
If you are experiencing fibromyalgia symptoms, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma (car accident, sports injury, slip and fall, domestic abuse, etc.), contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you. A gentle adjustment of the atlas may be the first step toward better overall health. In some case studies, patients have seen fibromyalgia symptoms completely resolve. This chiropractic subspecialty may provide the long-term relief you have been searching for.