Fibromyalgia and Migraines

April 4, 2017



It has often been seen that migraines and fibromyalgia afflict one simultaneously. The cause behind these can be what is referred to as central sensitization, which we will discuss later. Those suffering from either or both of these conditions wonder what they can do to relieve the pain. Recent research has been helpful in shedding some light on this subject.


Researchers looked at patients who had both chronic migraines and fibromyalgia, comparing cerebrospinal fluid levels. These levels help determine whether a person is going through central sensitization. The result of the study revealed that these levels were higher in those who had fibromyalgia.

How Central Sensitization Is Involved in Fibromyalgia

The way that the body processes pain is quite unique and it becomes more intense when external factors have an impact, such as when tissues become damaged. Neurons then become more sensitized. This also happens with inflammation.

If neurons are feeling pain more severely than normal, something should be causing it to occur. This is called central sensitization and results in a person, for example, pulling his hand away from a hot stove It is a part of the body’s process of protecting itself. Increased pain makes us respond faster to an emergency situation.



Fibromyalgia and Upper Cervical Alignment


If something triggers central sensitization so that it happens all the time – not just when danger is imminent – fibromyalgia may be the end result, meaning the body is telling the brain there is lots of pain when there is little or no pain. Why does this happen?

A link has been seen between central sensitization and a misalignment in the C1 or C2 vertebra of the upper neck. This can be a reason for not only fibromyalgia but chronic migraines as well. Here at Balanced Atlas and Migraine Center, we help our patients by using a gentle method to realign the bones of the upper neck in an attempt to reverse the abnormal process of central sensitization. Patients often see a d



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