Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and NUCCA Care
NUCCA care may be valuable for improving the quality of life and sleep in some patients as recently reported in the literature. In this case series, a Psychiatrist screened 32 candidates, for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), allowing 19 patients to participate.
What happened to these patients and how did they benefit under NUCCA care? Read on to learn more about natural chronic fatigue relief.
How do you know if you have CFS?
Even with Center of Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is challenging to diagnose and treat. However, there are some CFS signs and symptoms that can look out for that can help with the initial diagnosis:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Flu-like symptoms
- Abnormal heartbeat rate
- Sore throat
- Impaired cognitive function
Take note that you may notice worse symptoms when you overexercise. They could also worsen due to stress or the presence of other health problems.
To ensure that your physician understands your situation, be sure to note all of the accompanying symptoms you observe. Also, be ready to provide your primary care physician with key details of your medical history. You might also need to undergo tests to rule out other causes of your symptoms.
If your symptoms don’t go away, it’s important to have your condition diagnosed as soon as possible to determine if it is indeed by chronic fatigue syndrome or an entirely different ailment.
How to Improve Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with NUCCA
The absence of a standard and definitive diagnostic test, it becomes hard for patients to find relief. Thankfully, there are many studies conducted over the years to understand how you can improve symptoms. One of the common ways patients seek relief from CFS is through NUCCA upper cervical care.
A study revealed that CFS patients had improved quality of life and better sleep following the NUCCA correction. Six or more months of severe fatigue reported to be unrelieved by sufficient bed rest with a vague, ‘non-descript’ headache was required to allow patients into the study. Fatigue is often described as that ‘can’t get out of bed feeling.’
Conclusion of baseline testing, using the selected outcomes measuring patient quality of life and sleep patterns, allowed patients to receive NUCCA care for the next six months. At the end of the study, baseline testing was repeated. These findings were compared to the results noted before beginning NUCCA care. Changes in patient-reported outcomes score values were reported.
Benefits from NUCCA Upper Cervical Care
Patient quality of life and sleep quality were determined using “tried and true” questionnaires. After six months of NUCCA care, physical disability scores improved to 60.9 from 30.3. Mental health scores improved slightly to 74.7 from 68.6. Two subjects reported no change following NUCCA care; however, their condition did not worsen.
Patients sleep patterns improved following care from 12.1 to 6.1 as indicated by the 21-point scale, sleep quality form. Patient improvement occurred after the first NUCCA correction with maximum benefit seen after three months of regular NUCCA care.
Due to the lack of a control group, the patient’s receiving a placebo adjustment, these findings are limited to the group studied. Future studies will involve other NUCCA practitioners and a control group to overcome these limitations. It would be exciting to see future findings in the chronic fatigue syndrome and NUCCA care.
These study results show the potential for patient improvement in fatiguing conditions, like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, because of NUCCA upper cervical chiropractic care.
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Woodfield HC, Dickholtz MD. Quality of life improvement in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome following upper cervical chiropractic care. J Upr Cerv Chiropr Res. 2012 Fall;4:92-99.