Any Experience with Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic
I am a 51 yr old male diagnosed with fibro. It's been awful.
We had a severe rear end MTA in 2003, and fibro was diagnosed in 2006.
I also suffer a nonspecific autoimmune disorder since childhood that causes inflammation. Currently, it is pretty bad. Been experiencing severe and continuous headaches last 2 years, and it appears to be chronic inflammation of the Atlanto-occiptal joint.
Fibro has a near identical symptom. It's being treated with many drugs.
Any inputs are greatly appreciated.
Yes, quite a lot. Every chiropractor is confronted with it on a regular basis.
Firstly, there are two different things happening here. The fibro, and the whiplash. They are treated quite differently, and it may be very difficult for you to know what are fibro symptoms and what are whiplash symptoms.
It's mostly likely that the severe headaches are whiplash related, rather than fibro related. And for that you should be consulting a chiropractor, not a rheumatologist.
Secondly the general inflammation, very much tied in with your fibro. There's very interesting research now coming out about the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. In short, if you have too much Omega 6 in your diet, and too little omega 3, so the ratio is high, it's extremely inflammatory.
Solution, change from seed oils (like sunflower) to fruit oil (particularly olive oil). That will lower your omega 6. And increase your omega-3 by having fatty fish (like salmon) and flax seed in your diet on a regular basis. Plus fish oil capsules.
Next, hard one. Are all those medicines helping? If not why not discuss with your doctor going off them for a period of three months. They have awful side-effects taken indefinitely. Is the treatment worse than the disease?
Next, take a good long look at your diet? Are you eating a lot of crap? Having fruit and salad every day? Eating oats, chickpeas (garbanzos), apple and eggplant regularly to keep your cholesterol down? It takes only 4 minutes to make hummus for example, I do it at least twice a week.
It's controversial, because you may have been told not to exercise. I'd recommend a regular (perhaps short) walk every day. EVERY DAY.
And lastly, start taking a high dose B complex daily.
You can type all these terms, like omega 3, or fish oil, whiplash, or hummus, or eggplant into the search engine at the top for lots of the research behind all this.
Good luck. Hope it contributes. In short, become something of a health nut. Like me. I take no drugs at all, eat fanatically healthily (and deliciously), have a regular chiropractic adjustment, and exercise daily. And have no pain.
It's worth a try, huh! Spend some time browing this site and Bernard-Preston.com, my alta ego. Tons of info.
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