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One Patient's Personal Struggle with Fibromyalgia

One of our patients has been kind enough to share her painful struggle with fibromyalgia:

I call Dr. Gray the miracle worker!

Stop suffering with fibromyalgia!

“When I first saw Dr. Gray I was in agonizing pain in my neck and all around my head. I developed debilitating stomach pain despite adhering to a gluten, soy, and dairy-free diet and was diagnosed as having fibromyalgia complicated by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

“I was unable to sustain my career as an IT specialist, in spite of a completely ergonomic work environment. I consulted with chiropractors, physical therapists, and pain specialists, joined meditation groups, tried acupuncture and underwent psychotherapy for chronic pain. I still, however, found myself crying almost every day. Then I found Dr. Gray. After my first session, I felt an immediate improvement. And by the second treatment I felt like I was cured!

“Dr. Gray told me that the pathway back to health can often feel like a roller-coaster ride, and she was right. So I followed her instructions and recommended schedule of care, and here’s where I am today:

  • I no longer have pain
  • All of my allergies are gone
  • I eat whatever I want with a complete absence of stomach pain
  • I look ten years younger
  • I live in peace

“I continue to travel 90 miles each way to see Dr. Gray on a monthly basis. She is intelligent, compassionate, nonjudgmental, knowledgeable and extremely empathetic. And to me, she’s a miracle worker!”

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a neurological disorder characterized by many, if not all, of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea or constipation, alternating with diarrhea
  • Anxiety and depression
  • A sensation of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet
  • Brain fog
  • Chronic muscle pain, spasm or tightness
  • Decreased tolerance for exercise accompanied by muscle pain following exercise
  • Increased urinary frequency and urgency
  • Insomnia or non-restful sleep
  • Jaw and facial tenderness
  • Moderate or severe fatigue with decreased energy
  • Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs or feet
  • Sensitivity to odors, noise, bright light, medication, cold or certain foods
  • Stiffness upon awakening or after staying in one position for too long
  • Tension or migraine headaches

In other words, everything hurts — and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work!

Upper Cervical Chiropractic & Fibromyalgia

Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations through abnormal processing of pain signals in the brain. It’s a case of having a nervous system that’s operating in a state of chaos, and often this chaos can be traced back to simple misalignment in the upper part of the neck.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic addresses both neurological function and structural integrity. From a structural perspective, a misalignment in the upper neck can create compensatory misalignments throughout the spine. Frequently, this is the cause of neck, back, shoulder and hip pain.

An upper cervical misalignment is also often the primary cause of neurological symptoms, such as the ones mentioned above. If there’s interference that alters the brain-body connection, widespread chaos ensues and disease is the inevitable result.

If you know of someone who suffers from fibromyalgia, or some or all of the symptoms listed, please let them know that gentle Upper Cervical Chiropractic may be the answer they’re seeking. We’re also happy to send out additional information to those who are interested. Just ask!

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