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Most people know fibromyalgia as a debilitating pain condition. However, more than half of patients also present with a series of cognitive symptoms that have been dubbed fibro fog (sometimes called brain fog when associated with other conditions).

What decline in mental faculties may a fibromyalgia sufferer be dealing with? This article can help patients to realize they are not alone and that there is hope out there. It can also help the relatives and friends of patients to be more understanding of this condition.

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Fibro Fog – The 7 Little-Known Cognitive Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

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Need help correcting the main cause of your fibromyalgia and fibro fog? Contact us today at Zehr Chiropractic and schedule your complimentary consultation with our Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Norton Shores.

No fibromyalgia chiropractor in Norton Shores does not know the story of Lady Gaga. In the Netflix documentary entitled “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” singer-composer Lady Gaga opened up about her years of struggle living in pain. The multi-talented performer suffers from a painful ailment called fibromyalgia.

Her courage to be transparent about her personal health problems helped shed light on this disorder that afflicts millions worldwide. In the film, Lady Gaga shared that her bouts of pain were so terrible that, at one point, she had to cancel her concert tours. 

For other people, their difficulties in bearing this disease are not filmed and captured by documentaries, but definitely, their struggles are no less painful. 

Fibromyalgia: Risk Factors and Possible Causes

But what exactly is this disease? Why does it cause so much pain and suffering? Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that makes a person experience excruciating musculoskeletal pain. Often this ailment also makes a person suffer from sleeplessness, fatigue, and episodes of cognitive difficulties.

Every fibromyalgia chiropractor in Norton Shores helps people understand more about this condition, which some merely attribute to being tired or anxious. In their talks and lectures, they often cite the following factors why some people acquire or develop this disease:

Based on many research findings, there is evidence to show that fibromyalgia has links to genetics. This means that it could run in families because some genes are passed from parent to child. It means that through heredity, the information or genetic codes that predispose the next generation to this disease are transferred.

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When people are stressed, their immune system is compromised.  This leads to all sorts of emotional, mental, and physical health issues, which include fibromyalgia. In fact, people who are often under stress could also have chronic fatigue syndrome.

People who have fibromyalgia find it hard to sleep because of their pain in various parts of their bodies.  Even when they do get to sleep, any interruption becomes a trigger that unleashes chronic pain. Long periods of sleeplessness results in more health problems, such as hormonal imbalance.

Car collisions that cause physical trauma, as well as highly emotional events like a divorce or someone passing away, are also common triggers or factors for developing fibromyalgia.

People who do not exercise, consume highly processed foods, and those who smoke and engage in many other vices are also at risk of developing fibromyalgia.  Based on research, obesity is also a major risk factor for this disease.

Some individuals suffer from problems in their central nervous system. When there is abnormality or interruption in how their brain processes neural impulses, they may experience pain suddenly or for extended periods. Since the pain signals reach the brain through the nerves, it can create discomfort in different parts of the body.    

Some people experience the pain of this ailment because of their low threshold for pain.  According to central sensitization theory, an increase in nerve cells’ reactivity in the brain cavity and spinal column makes certain people more prone or sensitive to pain.

The Pain in Fibromyalgia

While some people are predisposed to this ailment, it can afflict just about anybody. Whether rich or poor, famous like Lady Gaga or anonymous like the next Joe or Jane, fibromyalgia can make anyone suffer.

On a more positive note, one way to better cope with this disease is to accept and understand the role of pain in human life. Pain is actually the body’s way of warning that an anomaly has occurred or an injury was sustained inside or outside the body.  It is the function of the central nervous system to feel these painful sensations. 

For example, an average person would immediately withdraw his hand after accidentally touching something very hot. This reaction to pain helps that person from being exposed too long and suffer a burn. 

However, people with fibromyalgia have an overly sensitive nervous system that seems to have its           “warning bells ringing all the time.”  When the central nervous system has a certain dysfunction, a person must seek out any means available to get pain relief.  As much as possible, the option to be considered must be safe and all-natural. 

Fibromyalgia and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Those needing help to deal with fibromyalgia symptoms can turn to a fibromyalgia chiropractor in Norton Shores.  Here at Zehr Chiropractic, we check the entire body of the person who experiences chronic pain.  We focus our inspection on the head and neck, looking for signs of misalignment.

When the C1 and C2 vertebra are out of position, nerves can become compressed or impinged. The nerve compression may lead to pain directly in the neck or “referred” in other parts of the body.

To begin helping a person in pain, we make gentle adjustments of the atlas (or C1 vertebra).  The upper cervical adjustments result in the normal flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid. Every fibromyalgia chiropractor in Norton Shores takes precautions to prevent an escalation of pain. We know exactly how to touch and move a person’s neck bones to the proper position and alignment.For more details on how to live pain-free the natural way, visit

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When it comes to a chronic health condition like fibromyalgia (FM), the symptoms themselves are difficult enough to deal with. Unfortunately, FM also comes along with an increased risk of developing various associated conditions. We’re going to look at four of the more common ones, and then consider a natural way to find some relief.

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4 Devastating Associated Conditions Linked to Fibromyalgia


Indeed, dealing with FM and its associated diseases can be quite challenging. If you have this disorder, don't hesitate to reach out to an upper cervical chiropractor in Norton Shore, MI. We look forward to helping you here at Zehr Chiropractic. Contact us today!

I don't know how some doctors do it.  Most oncologists have never had cancer.  Most orthopedic surgeons have never gone under the knife.  Few therapists have ever fought overseas and experienced post traumatic stress disorder.  It must be hard to have empathy if you've never experienced the condition for yourself.


Norton Shores Michigan Chiropractor -- Fibromyalgia is a very debilitating disease, affecting millions of Americans, especially women.  Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that includes chronic pain, digestive troubles, fatigue, and can affect mood, as well.  Fibromyalgia sufferers often bounce from doctor to doctor, trying a lot of pills that only cover up the symptoms for a short time.  In many cases, the side effects that the pills have on the patient are worse than the condition itself.  These people are searching for another option to help manage their condition and they often come to our chiropractic office for care.  But how does chiropractic care help people with Fibromyalgia?

Research has shown that fibromyalgia is the result of a malfunctioning nervous system.  The nervous system is responsible for all of our body's functions, including movement, digestion, sleep, healing, and sensation (to name a few).  Fibromyalgia sufferers experience unexplained pain and dysfunction throughout the body, from the toes to the fingertips and anywhere in between.


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