Case Study: Fibromyalgia
Patient: female, age 37
MD Diagnosis: Fibromyalgia
Prognosis: No known cure - treatment directed at pain relief.
Duration: 2 + years
Previous chiropractic care with condition: yes
Brief History: This patient presented with a two - year history of chronic daily pain, headaches, and overwhelming fatigue. She also complained of periodic depression. She indicated that the diagnosis had come two years ago, but she felt that this was the culmination of many years of gradual worsening in these areas. Prior chiropractic care had improved headaches and back pain. She had not received spinal care in the past two years. Medications: Voltaren, Flexeril, Trazadone, Celexa - daily, Vicodin for breakthrough pain and flare-ups. Condition gradually worsening.
Findings and Care: 1st visit: Atlas and Ethmoid identified and adjusted. Discussed neurotoxicity and Fibromyalgia. 3rd visit: added left Sphenoid to cranial pattern. 9th visit: added right Parietal to cranial pattern. Periodic adjustments of Sacrum and L5. Identification of environmental exposures to neurotoxins at home. Removal of neurotoxins from environment. Adjustments maintained at two - week intervals.
Patient Response: The patient reported significant reduction of body pain severity after the 1st adjustment. Reported improved energy, fewer headaches and improved mental function with much less depression by the second week. Experienced a three-week setback following a neurotoxic exposure. Recovered from the exposure. Currently - occasional pain of low severity, high energy and mental function. Occasional mild setbacks with exposures to perfumes, etc.
Discussion: Chiropractors have known for decades a simple logic: the more systemic the health problem, the higher in the nervous system we must go to look for it. Fibromyalgia is a good example of systemic pain. Its solution has also been very elusive for chiropractors (and for everyone else). Patients most often report a mild lessening of symptoms after spinal care. The improvement may last for a few hours to a few days. In relatively rare cases of actual resolution, the chiropractor reports correction of an upper cervical subluxation, the use of a condyle lift adjustment, or the correction of cranial subluxations.
N.B. - Fibromyalgia patients are often sickest at home or work: reducing neurotoxic exposure is critical for maximum improvement.
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