Fibromyalgia and Your Ears 

 January 29, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne


What’s Inside your Ear

If you have ear-related problems, such as a feeling of fullness in your ears, earaches, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears), it is possible that you suffer from Fibromyalgia. The connection between ear-related problems and Fibromyalgia is not quite clear, but recent research by a team of researchers in Japan appeared in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. 

At the end of their study, they concluded that, “given our findings, we suspect the onset of ear fulness may be associated not with abnormal findings in the middle and inner ear function but with other causes, such a central sensitization.”

Central Sensitization and Your Nervous System

In order to understand what central sensitization is and how and why it causes Fibromyalgia, it is important to first understand the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. That means it’s also important to understand the purpose of the Central Nervous System.

Think of it like your body’s alarm system. When your body senses danger, your Central Nervous System triggers an alarm that causes various reactions. The most basic example is that when you accidentally touch a hot stove, you jerk your hand away. That is your central nervous system alerting nerves that the body is in danger and that they need to trigger an alarm system.

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Although, while the nervous system usually functions normally in most people, there are times when it become too sensitive. This results in nerves overreacting to its environment and the body feeling pain. Think of these false alarms in the body like a car alarm that goes off every time there is a strong gust of wind.

These sensitized nerves can lead to a person’s life being completely altered due to constant pain triggered by simple activities like walking, sitting, talking, standing, or even just breathing. This hypersensitivity can go so far as to even cause a person to suffer from insomnia or restlessness while they sleep.

While the onset of perpetual pain due to Fibromyalgia can be difficult, there is relief. The central nervous system and the nerves are overreacting to their environment, but they are overreacting because they are receiving the wrong signals.

Just as a strong burst of wind blowing against a car is a sign that maybe the alarm is too sensitive and something in the system needs to be fixed, the body feeling constant pain is also a sign that something in the body needs to be fixed. What needs to be fixed is often a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae, which are the top two vertebra in the neck. A misalignment of only ¼ of a millimeter can cause the body not to receive the right signals and the nerve and nervous system to overreact to its environment.


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Dr. Todd Osborne

Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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