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What's the Link Between Fibromyalgia and Migraines?

Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Always Tired, Migrianes, HeadachesDo you suffer from migraines alone, or do you also have pain in other parts of your body, sleeplessness, mood changes, and other problems? It’s possible that your migraines are caused by larger processes going on in your body that are not functioning properly. This is called fibromyalgia.

There have been recent studies that looked at patients who have chronic migraines. In this group, the ones that also had fibromyalgia had a much higher level of cerebrospinal fluid glutamate levels than those without fibromyalgia. This indicates that those diagnosed with fibromyalgia suffer more severely from the central sensitization process. What is this process you ask?

What Really is Central Sensitization?

Central sensitization is a condition of the nervous system. It is basically a hypersensitive response perceived as extremely painful, even though it may not be. The nervous system goes through what is called wind-up, keeping it in a state of high reactivity. This occurs when there is tissue damage or inflammation causing the nociceptive neurons, those that detect pain, to become overly sensitive.

This means that these neurons are heightened in their ability to feel pain. They may even feel pain when there is actually no pain there. If these pathways are activated by intense stimuli, they threaten the body and the body gets the message that tissue damage may occur. It tells you there is pain, so you retreat from whatever is causing the pain.

Imagine that pain as a security system in your home. Would you ignore an alarm going off in the middle of the night? Definitely not. Your body’s alarm system goes off when it feels it may possibly detect nerve damage.

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How this Relates to Fibromyalgia

In recent studies, it has been seen that those that are suffering from migraine headaches and fibromyalgia have this heightened sense of pain. When the top two vertebrae in the spine are out of alignment, even by ¼ of a millimeter, it disrupts the way that the body communicates. When communication is affected, other systems are also affected. This is linked to central sensitization, migraines, and fibromyalgia.

An upper cervical chiropractor, such as Dr. David Packer of Chesapeake, Virginia, can often reduce or eliminate the pain of migraines and that of fibromyalgia by correcting the misalignment in the upper neck. This restores the body’s communication system and brings things back to functioning as they should. Call today to see if Dr. Packer can help you.

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