Chronic health conditions such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome can be a daunting diagnosis. Both conditions present with pain and sleep issues. Sleep difficulties, in turn, can result in more chronic problems such as cognitive difficulties.
What Causes Chronic Health Conditions?
While researchers are still looking for a specific cause, estimates state that up to 7% of people will deal with one of these chronic conditions. It is 10 times as common for a woman to experience fibromyalgia as it is for a man. Also, the risk of presenting with chronic symptoms increases with age.
Studies on the condition fibromyalgia revealed that sufferers experience pain in a different way than a person who does not have the condition. There are also differences in how a patient’s brain functions in anatomical, physiological, and neurochemical ways. Much focus has been placed on the thalamus and brainstem as possible origins of these conditions.
Seeking Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia Treatment
Commonly prescribed treatments include:
- Sleeping Pills
- Other medications
Results are often either temporary or limited in benefit, especially when weighed against the side effects of many of these medications. Doctors may also recommend a spectrum of other treatments including physical exercise or even psychological treatment.
A natural option with no side effects deals with the location researchers attribute the underlying issue to. This would be the area in close proximity to the C1 and C2 vertebrae. A misalignment here can cause many different symptoms including those associated with chronic health conditions. As a result, realignment may help the body to process pain properly and provide natural relief of symptoms.
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