Fibromyalgia affects approximately five million people in America. It is a disabling disease that makes daily routines nearly impossible to carry out. It is accompanied by widespread pain, problems getting proper sleep, and a decline in memory and thinking ability.
Some suggest making lifestyle changes to treat the effects of fibromyalgia. Some of these include:
- Taking part in regular exercise. While this may sound impossible due to the amount of pain a person has, it has been proven that mild to moderate daily exercise can actually work to lessen the pain. Low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, or bike riding are recommended.
- Taking steps to manage stress. This will keep flare-ups from happening as often.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Fibromyalgia causes fatigue. By doing all a person can to counteract this, such as going to bed at a regular time, having a good sleep environment, and not eating before bedtime, it can help with the tiredness that does occur.
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Medical doctors have a basic standard of treatment for fibromyalgia. This includes a number of different prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Some of these are:
- Antidepressants: These drugs, such as Cymbalta, claim to reduce tiredness and pain. Prozac may be given to help a person sleep better.
- Anti-seizure medicine:: Lyrica and Neurontin are two such medications that may provide some pain relief.
- Pain relievers: Doctors usually begin their patients on over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, Aleve, and Advil to help with pain management. If these are not successful, prescriptions, such as tramadol, are given.
Natural Relief by Seeking Upper Cervical Care
At 1st Place Chiropractic, we have had much success in treating patients with fibromyalgia. We focus our attention on the C1 and C2 vertebrae, the top two bones of the neck. These bones can affect the function of the nervous system if they are not in proper alignment.
A misalignment causes the brain and body to stop communicating properly. This means improper signals about pain and other body functions are causing the body not to work at its optimum. By realigning these bones, patients report symptoms of fibromyalgia decrease greatly and, in some cases, they go away entirely.
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