Fibromyalgia can be a daunting diagnosis. It may leave a person wondering what the future holds and how best to cope. He or she may already be going through painful days, nights of little or no sleep, and feelings of frustration. A good place for one to begin to get control over life once again is to learn all he can about his illness. Let’s take a look at one theory as to why fibromyalgia creates so much pain. It is called central sensitization.
Central sensitization has to do with the nervous system and how it perceives pain. In someone with fibromyalgia, there is a more intense response to pain and inflammation. It is as if the body is hypersensitive. Basically, it means that if an injury occurs the brain overreacts to certain sensations. This can be due to damage that has been done to the connective tissue or the central nervous system itself. Damage has put these pain receptors on high alert.
It can be likened to a person who gets injured. The body winds up the pain receptors causing the person to react and remove himself from further damage. However, if those pain receptors stay wound up for a long period of time, the end result would be pain felt all the time in the body. In other words, fibromyalgia.
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Coping with Fibromyalgia
Some things that may help lessen the effects of central sensitization include the following:
- Get your neck examined by an upper cervical chiropractor for misalignments.
- Be sure to maintain proper posture.
- Make some dietary changes, such as:
- Drink plenty of water
- Include foods that contain iodine, like eggs and seafood.
- Eat a diet rich in protein.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners.
Natural Relief for Fibromyalgia
The thing mentioned first in the above list can be vital to finding relief for fibromyalgia. Studies have proved that a misalignment of the upper neck vertebrae (C1 and C2) can cause damage to the central nervous system and upper cervical tissue resulting in central sensitization. Many patients report less pain after having the upper neck properly aligned.
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