While fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are not the same condition, they are very closely related. When one is diagnosed with chronic fatigue, a required symptom is extreme tiredness that has lasted for a few weeks or months, and this is also very common for those who have fibromyalgia. Women get diagnosed with fibromyalgia more often than men, and the risk of developing this condition increases with age. The following criteria must be met for a fibromyalgia diagnosis:
Problems with concentration and mental clarity called brain fog
Feeling tired even after a good night’s rest
Four or more months of fatigue and widespread pain
As many as 6 million Americans over age 18 have fibromyalgia. Research has connected the symptoms of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia to a malfunction in the central nervous system.
When one has fibromyalgia, there are notable changes in neurochemical, anatomical, and physiological chemicals in the body.
Fibromyalgia sufferers often get what is referred to as windup – pain is felt in the brain when there is actually little or no pain.
The central nervous system, made up of the brain and spinal cord, is responsible for pain perception in the brain, which can become distorted if damage is present.
Physical abnormalities often alter the flow of blood to the thalamus. If decreased, energy and metabolism may change.
Finding Help for Fibromyalgia
Suggestions to care for fibromyalgia from family physicians often come in the form of prescription medications – sleeping pills and antidepressants. Or a person may be encouraged to see a psychologist to help cope with being diagnosed with a chronic health condition.
Since the brainstem and, in turn, the nervous system plays such a vital role in these conditions, it would make sense that one would want it to function at its optimum. Often, a misalignment in the atlas bone – the top bone of the spine – can put stress on the brainstem, causing it to send improper signals. Here at Advanced Spinal Care, LLC in Onalaska, Wisconsin, we use a method that is both gentle and precise to help this bone to realign, thus relieving pressure from the brainstem. This can help the nervous system to function better and may relieve many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
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