A diagnosis of fibromyalgia (FM) can feel overwhelming. Even suspecting that one may be suffering from it can be enough to cause panic. However, there are many conditions with similar symptoms. Because of this, diagnosis can take some time as other syndromes are ruled out. What are some conditions that may be mistaken for fibromyalgia?
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Lyme disease
- Sleep disorders
The next thing to find out is whether or not it really is fibromyalgia by looking for additional symptoms. Researchers asked 23 FM patients about some of their other common symptoms. Here are some things to look for that may indicate the existence of fibromyalgia:
- Extreme exhaustion, mostly in the morning
- Problems with sleep
- Feeling stiff
- Pain throughout the entire body
- Unusual headaches
- Feeling exhausted after mental or physical exercise
- Twitchy muscles
- Blurry vision
- Changes in mood
- Sensitivities to loud noise
- Night sweats
- Tingling, swelling, and numbness in the tissues
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Palpitations or fluttering heart sensations
- Trouble breathing
Now what? If these symptoms seem to hit close to home, it is now time to make an appointment to visit us here at our Edwardsville, Illinois practice.
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How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Fibromyalgia Sufferers
A connection has been seen between the onset of fibromyalgia and a misalignment of one of the bones of the upper neck vertebrae. This may be the root cause of fibromyalgia as it only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter to throw the entire body out of proper function. The brainstem lies in the same area as the C1 and C2 vertebrae. A misalignment of either of these bones places the brainstem and, in turn, the central nervous system, under a great amount of stress. Signals being sent to the brain and body via
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