Fibromyalgia is a frustrating condition that causes pain, sleepless nights, and has been linked to increased occurrence of depression and anxiety. Even the diagnosis process is frustrating. Since the symptoms of the condition are very similar to other conditions, diagnosis is often one of exclusion. A person needs to test negative for numerous other conditions before getting a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. That may change in the future thanks to some recent research.
MRI Results and Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Researchers examined 37 fibromyalgia patients as well as 35 individuals in a control group using MRI technology. When the patients were subjected to both painful pressure as well as sensory stimulation (non-painful), researchers were able to see a clear distinction on the MRI. In fact, the results identified fibromyalgia more than 90% of the time, which is very favorable for just about any type of new diagnostic test.
What do these results mean for the future of fibromyalgia? First of all, researchers now have a new direction to go when it comes to the search for a better way to diagnose fibromyalgia. Second, seeing the significant difference in neural signatures for those who are dealing with this condition serves to confirm further that fibromyalgia involves changes in the way the central nervous system is functioning. What can cause these neural changes?
The Upper Cervical Spine and Fibromyalgia
When the C1 and C2 see even slight misalignment, the brainstem can be affected along with proper blood flow to the brain. This has moved some to postulate that fibromyalgia pain could be related to a lack of blood flow to the part of the brain that provides an emotional response to pain or perhaps that the pain signals themselves are being distorted. As a result, correcting the misalignment may be the first step toward reduced symptoms or condition resolution.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, especially if you have ever suffered head or neck trauma, it is definitely worth getting an examination from an upper cervical chiropractor. Adjustments are gentle and are provided on an as-needed basis. To learn more, schedule a consultation with a practitioner near you.