What To Do When You Have Fibromyalgia and Neck Pain

fibromyalgia and neck pain

When you suffer from fibromyalgia and neck pain, it can be hard to know what to do. You may not realize right away that your symptoms are related to the same condition, so it can be difficult to find the most appropriate treatment for both conditions at once.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread muscle pain and fatigue in addition to other symptoms like sleep disruption and memory problems. Neck pain, on the other hand, is often experienced by people with fibromyalgia or other degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis or osteoporosis.

However, there are treatments available that help relieves some of these symptoms without having to resort to surgery or opioid medications). We’ll explore what causes fibromyalgia and how chiropractic care can help treat this painful condition while also easing your neck pain so you can get back on track!


Understanding Fibromyalgia and Neck Pain

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes unbelievable pain, fatigue, and problems sleeping. It can also cause headaches and depression. Often, fibromyalgia is associated with neck pain. The reason for this connection is unknown, but it may be due to the fact that people with fibromyalgia have increased muscle spasms in their necks as well as other areas of their bodies, such as their shoulders or arms.

In addition to this muscle spasm, they may experience stiffness in the joints of those areas — a condition called joint hypermobility, which makes the connection between fibromyalgia and neck pain more evident with the atlantoaxial joint located in the upper cervical spine that allows people to rotate their head and necks.


Does Fibromyalgia and Neck Pain Exacerbate Each Other?

Yes. The relationship between fibromyalgia and neck pain is a complex one. Fibromyalgia causes widespread muscle pain, which can trigger or exacerbate symptoms of neck pain (for example, when your muscles tense up). In addition to this direct cause-and-effect relationship between the two disorders, there are also several other factors that may contribute to or aggravate this relationship.

The nerves in your body are affected by fibromyalgia in many ways: they become irritated; they lose sensitivity, or their ability to transmit signals from one part of the body to another decrease—all of which cause conditions like tenderness and stiffness in your muscles (or elsewhere) as well as chronic pain throughout your entire body, including the neck.

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Coping with Fibromyalgia and Neck Pain

When you have neck pain, the first step is to identify the cause of your discomfort. If you're in doubt about where it comes from, consider asking your doctor or chiropractor for help with this important task.  Patients with fibromyalgia often suffer from neck pain in addition to their fibromyalgia symptoms.

However, not all people who have neck pain are readily affected by fibromyalgia. Treatment options include medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments like stretching exercises or upper cervical chiropractic sessions. If you're not sure what treatment option would work best for you or if there are any side effects associated with any of these options, talking to a healthcare provider before proceeding with any course of action will be truly beneficial. 

The following treatment options can help you manage your symptoms of fibromyalgia and neck pain

Physical therapy

This type of therapy involves the manipulation of the muscles of the neck and upper back, which may help relieve stiffness or tightness in these areas. It can also improve posture and alignment in order to relieve stress on other parts of the body if they are causing pain as well. It can be guided physical therapy or simple exercises that can keep your muscles moving and stretching even at home. Even just 30 minutes of gentle exercise or walking a day will help reduce fibromyalgia flares or neck pains. 


A doctor may prescribe medications like antidepressants or anticonvulsants if they're needed for more severe cases of dysautonomia; however, it's important to note that these medications should only be taken under strict supervision from an experienced health care provider because they carry side effects such as weight gain or losses due to their effect on appetite control mechanisms within our bodies along with possible feelings like dizziness/nausea which could lead someone not feeling up enough energy levels needed during daily activities such as driving home after work or school every day - especially if someone lives alone where there isn't anyone else around who could help out while doing chores around the house like cooking dinner.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

A safe and effective treatment for both fibromyalgia and neck pain management. Upper cervical chiropractic care can relieve neck pain, improve range of motion, reduce headaches, help with sleep quality, and more. It’s gentle enough to be tried and utilized by people with delicate spinal columns (like those with fibromyalgia). These non-invasive adjustments are done by your doctor or specialist using very little force on either side of your spine, which helps restore proper alignment within your upper back muscles while also releasing any tension in them, so they perform at their optimum level without strain or fatigue over time!

If you are experiencing pain from neck pain and fibromyalgia, feel free to visit Upper Cervical Awareness. We would be very willing and glad to assist you in answering your question and inquiries about your condition, upper cervical chiropractic care, or even connect you to an accredited clinic and chiropractor in your area through our UCA Doctors Directory – all for free! We can help you find a solution to your symptoms so that you can get back on track with your life despite the possibilities of fibromyalgia and neck pain episodes.


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