No amount of rest makes it better, and it may worsen with physical or mental exertion. If someone is concerned that he or she may be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, here are some additional symptoms to look out for:
- Extreme tiredness
- Sore throat
- Unexplained muscle pain
- Loss of memory or problems with concentration
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck or armpits
- Recurring headaches that are different than usual
- Pain in the joints with no redness or swelling
- Sleep that is not refreshing
- Exhaustion that lasts more than 24 hours after mental or physical exertion
- Allergies and sensitivities to food, noise, and odors
- Chills and night sweats
- Eye pain, light sensitivity, or blurry vision
- Depression and moodiness
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Feeling dizzy, losing balance, and passing out
- Symptoms lasting for 6 months or longer
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Is It Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia?
This almost entirely depends on which doctor gives the diagnosis. The symptoms are very similar and can be interchangeable between the two conditions. Another similarity they have is that upper cervical chiropractors have noted a connection between both conditions and a misalignment in the upper area of the neck. This type of misalignment causes pressure to be put on the brainstem. The brain, brainstem, and spinal cord change the way they function to compensate for such a subluxation. Those with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia have often been seen to have this misalignment. What can be done?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
At Schrier Family Chiropractic, we understand how important the health of the spine is to a healthy, properly functioning central nervous system. I have been specifically trained to detect misalignments in the top vertebra and to work with patients to correct it. Our practice has seen much success in treating patients both with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. After just a few adjustments some have reported a decrease in symptoms and feeling better overall.