Currently, the Center for Disease Control reports there are 5 million fibromyalgia suffers in the nation, 80 percent of those sufferers are women. Fibromyalgia affects many different areas of the body, and causes extreme pain to the individual. It can cause pain, extreme headaches, fatigue, digestive problems, and a whole list of issues that can feel like you will never be able to do the normal things in life.
While it is currently unknown as to what causes fibromyalgia, it is noticeably linked to the Central Nervous System. While a doctor will prescribe many different pharmaceutical drugs, the pain is just temporarily being relieved. By consulting an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, you can take control of your own pain and discomforts again.
There are certain things you can do yourself to help to ease your fibromyalgia discomforts, listed below:
- Get off sugar. Eat protein instead. Protein can help your body to stop craving sugar. Since sugar can help to create a burst of energy, some people tend to use sugar to gain energy. However, protein can create a sustainable amount of energy to help you overcome any fatigue you may be feeling.
- Take care of your thyroid. Make sure you are getting your daily dose of Vitamin A, Selenium, and Iodine. Avoid processed foods, alcohol, and tobacco and try to get more aerobic exercise.
- Drink enough water. If you are dehydrated your symptoms can get worse.
- Don’t cut salt out of your diet. If your body is not getting enough salt intake, it can lead to exhaustion.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners, like Splenda, often found in diet foods and sodas
- Restore intestinal balances, such as probiotics and other vitamins (ask your UCC doctor about these).
- Assure that your spine and body is properly aligned. Misalignments can cause muscle weakness and interference of the Central Nervous System functions which can prolong or worsen fibromyalgia symptoms. For more information on Fibromyalgia and its relationship with the Central Nervous System, check out our other article here.