Are you constantly wondering why you feel so tired? Have you been diagnosed with chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia? What exactly is chronic fatigue?
The Mayo Clinic informs us that CFS, or chronic fatigue syndrome, is a complicated disorder. The cause could be linked to a virus or even psychological stress. With chronic fatigue syndrome, a person has extreme fatigue that does not get better with rest. It has only recently been accepted as a real medical condition that should be taken seriously.
What do most people do if they become tired? They rest, or take a nap, or have some down time and get more energy. If you have chronic fatigue syndrome, this will not work for you. You can sleep great for 8 hours or more at night and realize when you wake up that you are still as tired as before you went to bed.
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A Possible Injury to the Brainstem?
It has been noted in a number of cases that people with chronic fatigue also have a brainstem injury that has not been discovered. The brainstem plays a huge role in the regulating of energy that the body needs. A damaged brainstem will mean that your energy level and your recovery time will be altered.
If you have ever suffered an accident, even if it was minor, that has done damage to the upper neck area, it could have resulted in a tear in the tissue that holds the spine in place. When this occurs, the spine locks into a stressful position, not allowing healing to take place. The upper neck area rotates easily and, therefore, it is one of the areas in the body that is easily harmed. When this area becomes misaligned, it affects the function of the brain stem, which changes the function of the body. One thing in particular that is disrupted is the production of the hormone called cortisol. This involves a number of functions of both the brain and the body. The Mayo Clinic states that some of these can be digestive problems, sleep problems, obesity, memory problems, and depression. Oddly enough, these are similar to the symptoms of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Sr. worked alongside a medical doctor and a psychiatrist to see if there really was a connection between the upper cervical spine and chronic fatigue. When the upper cervical misalignments were corrected, there were some exciting results. Social functioning, vitality, physical ability, mental health, and overall health all improved.
In addition, overall sleep patterns improved. This resulted in less sleep medication being used. Another exciting fact was discovered after six months of care. The cortisol levels of these patients went back to normal. Their bodies began working better again and, because of that, they began feeling and living better.
Why not call an upper cervical chiropractor, like Dr. Elan Schrier of Delray Beach, Florida, to see if they can help you improve your quality of life!