Connections And Distinctions Between Neuropathy And Fibromyalgia

Affecting 20 million and 4 million Americans respectively, neuropathy and fibromyalgia are among the most common pain conditions affecting adults of all ages. These disorders can lead to chronic widespread pain and cause severe limitations to your everyday personal and professional life. 

But despite how common fibromyalgia and nerve pain are, a lot is yet to be understood about these conditions, including their causes and nature. Nonetheless, thanks to recent research, a connection between nerve dysfunction and fibromyalgia pain has started to emerge. In turn, these findings may open up the path to new, innovative treatment options for patients battling chronic pain. 

In this guide, we’ll look at how the whole-person program developed by Neuragenex – Neurofunctional Pain Management – targets the underlying causes of chronic pain and offers patients a non-invasive and non-drug therapeutic approach. Let’s get started.  


Is Fibromyalgia Neuropathic In Nature?

To understand the connection between fibromyalgia and nerve pain, it is first important to clarify how these conditions are defined:

  • Neuropathy: Neuropathy – or simply nerve pain – is a term used to describe the symptoms deriving from damage to the nerves in the peripheral nervous system, which are the nerves located outside the brain and the spinal cord.

    In turn, damage to nerve fibers interferes with the natural transmission of signals to and from the brain. Depending on whether sensory, motor, or autonomic nerves are affected, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Fibromyalgia: Initially categorized as “arthritis-like” pain, fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, muscle weakness, fatigue, sleep problems, and changes in mood and memory. 

Given the “invisible” nature of fibromyalgia, this disorder remains difficult to diagnose and manage. What’s more, research is still ongoing to determine the nature and causes of this condition. 

According to studies, fibromyalgia is linked to disturbances in the normal processing of pain signals deriving from dysfunction of the central nervous system, i.e. the brain or spinal cord. In turn, patients with fibromyalgia are more sensitive to pain or experience excessive pain in response to stimuli that should normally be painless or mildly uncomfortable. 

People with fibromyalgia also tend to suffer from hypersensitivity to light, temperature, sounds, and smells, as well as difficulties with autonomic functions like increased sweating and irregular heartbeat. All of these are symptoms that can be traced back to altered neurological function. 

It has also been seen that fibromyalgia is more likely to occur in people who suffer from nerve damage and pain. According to a 2019 study, nearly 50% of people with fibromyalgia also had small fiber pathology, which is a form of neuropathy that causes burning pain and prickling sensations. 

Research conducted in 2014 on skin samples of people with and without fibromyalgia showed that those diagnosed with this condition have a much lower density of nerve fibers on the outer layer of the skin. 

Other aspects that indicate that fibromyalgia may be neuropathic in nature include:

  • Fibromyalgia causes symptoms that are similar to the ones caused by nerve damage (i.e. tactile allodynia and hyperalgesia).
  • Common symptoms of fibromyalgia such as involuntary muscle movements and contractions that occur without visible cause are often due to damaged nerve fibers that fire spontaneously and become excessively excitable. 
  • Both neuropathy and fibromyalgia have a genetic component and are more likely in people with a family history of these conditions. 

Although ongoing research shows even more similarities between the two conditions, the physiological changes that cause fibromyalgia (pathophysiology) are unclear. Because of this, according to a 2018 review, fibromyalgia does not meet the “current criteria for the definition of neuropathic pain.”

Below, we’ll look at the aspects that set fibromyalgia and neuropathy apart. 


Fibromyalgia Vs. Neuropathy: How These Conditions Differ

Although fibromyalgia and nerve pain may be interconnected and have overlapping symptoms, there are critical differences between these two conditions that are worth noting. 

This knowledge can help you identify your symptoms correctly, facilitate an accurate diagnosis, and find an adequate management strategy as swiftly as possible.  


Tender Points

One of the main similarities between fibromyalgia and nerve pain is that these two conditions cause pain throughout the body, often described as burning or prickling. Both disorders are also associated with numbness, tingling sensations, and excessive sensitivity to external stimuli. 

However, a closer examination shows some differences. 

Historically, according to the official guidelines published in 1990 by the American College of Rheumatology, fibromyalgia was diagnosed by examining 18 sites in the body. These sites included regions in the upper arm, the back of the shoulders, the upper edge of the breast, the knee, the leg, the hip bone, and the base of the skull. 

If, at the time of examination, patients experienced pain in at least 11 of these 18 “tender spots”, they were diagnosed with fibromyalgia. These diagnostic criteria were updated in 2010 following findings that show how the pain caused by fibromyalgia tends to move across the body and change in location and intensity over time. 

On the other hand, nerve pain caused by neuropathy follows what’s known as the “dying-back phenomenon” or axonal degeneration. This process dictates that the longer nerves, which are also those located the furthest from the brain and the spinal cord, are the first ones to be affected by degenerative damage. Thanks to this process, the more important nerves in the peripheral nervous system that connect to vital organs are protected for longer. 

Because of the “dying-back phenomenon”, you’ll begin to experience pain, numbness, and extreme sensitivity to touch in the hands, fingers, feet, or toes. Over time, the pain can progress and start affecting your arms and legs before spreading across the body.


Underlying Causes

As we have seen above, the causes of fibromyalgia are unclear. Current hypotheses show that dysfunction of the nervous system may be involved. However, other studies present different theories. 

For example, a 2020 study explored the connection between fibromyalgia and gut microbiome composition, while 2021 research links this pain condition to dysfunction of the immune system. What’s more, in most cases, the onset of fibromyalgia is associated with another major health event, such as a traumatic injury or mental health illness. 

When looking at the causes of neuropathy, different patterns emerge. Nerve damage can be caused by several conditions, including:

  • Diabetes and unmanaged blood sugar levels 
  • Tumors that press on the nerves
  • Some medications, such as those used in chemotherapy
  • Infections like HIV/AIDS, shingles, and hepatitis B and C
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Vitamin imbalances (i.e. vitamin B12 deficiency)
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Traumatic injury 
  • Kidney disease

It is important to note that up to 30% of cases of neuropathy are idiopathic, meaning that they have no known cause. 


Diagnostic Criteria

Until 2010, fibromyalgia used to be diagnosed through a physical examination, during which a doctor would gently press on the 18 tender spots of the body. However, following the updated diagnostic criteria published by the American College of Rheumatology in 2010, doctors now use a wide range of tools to diagnose this condition, including

  • A review of a patient’s family and medical history
  • An examination of the symptoms experienced
  • A complete blood count
  • Tests for vitamin deficiencies
  • Thyroid function assessments
  • Tests to check for celiac disease
  • Rheumatoid factor (the presence of autoantibodies that determine the development of rheumatoid arthritis)

When it comes down to diagnosing neuropathy, doctors will use similar tools to the ones seen above. However, they may also use electrodiagnostic tests, biopsies, and neurological examinations to determine the location, cause, and extent of nerve damage. 

Imaging tests like CT and MRI scans may be recommended to ascertain the presence of anomalies (i.e. tumors) pressing on and damaging a certain nerve. 


Similarities In Their Symptoms

One of the aspects that makes fibromyalgia and neuropathy so difficult to diagnose and manage is that their symptoms are often similar or overlapping. Next, we’ll look at the most common telltale signs of these conditions. 


Tingling Sensation

Damage to nerve fibers or their protective sheath (myelin) interferes with the normal transmission of signals relating to pain, touch, temperature, and vibration. When your nerves are damaged or are unable to send these signals as they should, you may experience what’s known as paresthesia, or tingling and prickling sensations. 

Paresthesia is also associated with other symptoms, including:

  • Numbness 
  • Excessive sensitivity to touch (allodynia) 
  • Experiencing pain in response to stimuli that should be painless (hyperalgesia)
  • Heat intolerance

The inability to properly experience sensation can lead to severe complications. For example, if your toes are numb, you may inadvertently expose your feet to extreme heat or cold, or let an infected wound go untreated. When this happens, you may suffer tissue degeneration and ulcers which, in diabetic patients, account for up to 75% of nontraumatic limb amputations


Muscle Pain

Muscle pain arises as a complication of nerve damage. When the nerves responsible for carrying motor signals to the brain are damaged, you may begin to experience involuntary muscle movements, painful cramps, and spasms. 

As your disorder progresses, you may lose your ability to voluntarily move your muscles, which translates into balance and coordination problems, as well as the shrinking of the muscle mass. 

What’s more, both fibromyalgia and neuropathy interfere with how your brain processes painful and non-painful signals, causing physical sensations to appear more intense. 



Alongside widespread pain, chronic fatigue is one of the most debilitating aspects of both fibromyalgia and neuropathy. This symptom occurs due to the fact that damaged nerves are unable to support the contraction and relaxation of the blood vessels that supply muscles around the body. The difficulty of supplying muscles with enough oxygen and blood translates into an excessive drain of energy, which results in constant fatigue. 

This symptom is also aggravated by chronic pain and the impact on mental health it can have. A 2020 study shows that, among those with neuropathy, 65.6% also suffered from depression, and 73.7% from anxiety disorders. In turn, these mental health disorders are known to cause persistent feelings of sadness, a lack of energy, sleep disturbances, and fatigue. 


Sleep Disturbances

As we have seen above, both neuropathy and fibromyalgia cause increased sensitivity to touch. These painful sensations tend to become more noticeable at night when there are fewer distractions and external stimuli. In turn, for people with nerve pain, even the light brushing of the bed sheets on the skin can become excruciatingly painful. 

The pain and discomfort you experience at nighttime can prevent you from falling asleep and staying asleep, which can impact your daytime productivity and increase your levels of fatigue and stress. 

According to estimations, 70% of people with nerve damage experience sleep disturbances, and 96% of people with fibromyalgia are problem sleepers. Some of the most common sleep disorders affecting those diagnosed with neuropathy or chronic pain include insomnia, trouble falling asleep, and non-restorative sleep. 


Examining Shared Treatment Approaches For Symptom Management

If neuropathy is often challenging to diagnose, fibromyalgia is even more so. According to 2018 estimations, patients tend to wait over six years to obtain an accurate diagnosis and, in most cases, the root cause of their chronic pain remains unknown.

Because of this, most treatment programs for fibromyalgia and nerve pain aim to help patients manage their symptoms, rather than target the underlying condition that is causing chronic pain. 

Here are the shared treatment approaches for these two conditions, their benefits, and their limitations.  



Medications are considered the go-to solution for patients struggling with widespread chronic pain. The most commonly used classes of drugs for chronic pain include:

  • NSAIDs: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are pain relievers, often available as an over-the-counter solution. 
  • Antidepressants: Antidepressants can increase the activity of the neurotransmitters in the spinal cord responsible for reducing pain signals. These drugs can also induce sleep, helping patients with chronic pain feel more restful and less fatigued during the daytime. 
  • Anti-seizure medications: Antiepileptic drugs disrupt pain signals traveling to the brain, thus reducing the intensity of painful sensations in people with nerve pain. 
  • Narcotics and opioids: Drugs like oxycodone temporarily block the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Nearly half of patients with neuropathy between 2014 and 2018 were prescribed opioids to manage their pain. 

It is important to note that both neuropathy and fibromyalgia are chronic conditions, which means that you’d need to take medications regularly to manage ongoing pain and distress.

But the side effects of this decision cannot be overlooked. The regular consumption of painkillers, antidepressants, antiepileptics, and opioids can lead to a cascade of side effects, including the increased risk of stroke and heart attack, ulcers, sleep disturbances, mood swings, and addiction. 


Physical Therapy

Physical and occupational therapy play an important role in helping patients manage their chronic pain and adapt their lifestyle to prevent severe complications. 

In particular, a review published in 2000 shows that physical therapy and regular cardiovascular fitness exercises can reduce pain, boost energy levels, and promote overall musculoskeletal health. It is also important to note that regular physical activity can improve muscle strength and flexibility, and help people fight the risk factors for both neuropathy and fibromyalgia, such as diabetes, obesity, and poor cardiovascular health. 



Acupuncture, as well as other natural remedies like massages, meditation, and mind-body exercises (e.g. yoga), can have multiple beneficial effects. Firstly, acupuncture has been seen to induce an overall sense of well-being and trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkilling hormones. 

Additionally, these therapies can help relax tense muscles, which prevents painful spasms and cramps. Lastly, massages can support the circulation of blood and oxygen around the damaged nerve endings, thus preventing further damage. 

While these therapies may help people with chronic pain, they don’t work equally well for all patients, and results may only be temporary. 



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TENS – or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation – refers to a therapy that involves targeting a painful area with low-frequency electrical pulses. The electrical current has a similar effect to the one of acupuncture: it may help relax tense muscles, alleviate pain, and support blood and oxygen circulation around the areas affected by pain. 

TENS units are available as an over-the-counter solution and, given that they are only able to deliver low-frequency pulses, they are considered generally safe. However, the relief this therapy provides is only limited to the duration of the treatment and cannot be considered a long-term solution. 


Neurofunctional Pain Management For Fibromyalgia And Neuropathy Pain

Although a lot is yet to be understood about the connection between fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain, one aspect is certain: most treatments prescribed for these conditions are inefficient at best and harmful at worst. 

Fortunately, taking medications daily to ease your pain or facing the prospect of living with your condition for years to come are no longer the only options. Thanks to the innovative treatment program pioneered by Neuragenex, you can target the underlying cause of your chronic pain, prevent complications, ease discomfort, and, ultimately, magnify your quality of life. 

Neurofunctional Pain Management is a whole-person approach that aims to target all of those lifestyle and health factors that contribute to or aggravate your chronic pain. Thanks to non-invasive, non-drug, and non-chiropractic therapies, this customized treatment program can help you make positive changes, understand the nature of your conditions, and build the foundations of long-term health. 

Some of the key pillars of Neurofunctional Pain Management are:

  • Electroanalgesia: Electroanalgesia is a pain management method that leverages high-frequency electrical pulses. Professionally administered, this therapy supports the body’s regenerative power by stimulating the blood flow around the painful area. It also interferes with the signaling of pain signals and triggers the release of painkilling hormones such as endorphins. The combination of these actions provides long-lasting relief from pain. 
  • IV therapy: Ad hoc IV mixes are designed based on the imbalances that emerge from complete blood counts. Delivered intravenously, minerals, vitamins, and nutrients can correct deficiencies that may be aggravating your nerve pain. In the case of fibromyalgia and neuropathy, these include vitamin D, vitamin B12, and copper, among others. IV therapies also provide long-lasting hydration, which supports the function of essential bodily processes. 
  • Lifestyle counseling: Through patient education and lifestyle counseling, you’ll be able to identify and change risk factors for pain conditions. An expert lifestyle counselor will guide you in the process of designing an exercise, nutrition, and stress management program that supports your overall health. 


Obtain Appropriate Treatment To Find Effective Relief

Obtaining a diagnosis of fibromyalgia or neuropathy can be a life-changing moment, especially when facing the prospect of not being able to access an efficient treatment program for your condition. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. 

With Neurofunctional Pain Management, you can start working towards a pain-free, healthy life – without medications or surgery.

Understanding What Causes Endometriosis

Endometriosis is an increasingly prevalent condition that affects approximately one in ten women of reproductive age. This painful condition can become debilitating and goes beyond just the physical discomfort; it can also have profound emotional and psychological effects. If you or someone you care for suffers from this complex condition, you probably have questions about what it is and how it develops. 

In this comprehensive article, we share valuable insights into the complex and multifaceted nature of endometriosis. We’ll explain what endometriosis is, shed light on what it can feel like, and explore the various factors that play a role in its development. 

By gaining a deeper understanding of its intricate workings, you can learn more about your individual experiences with endometriosis. This knowledge will guide you toward an accurate diagnosis and a personalized management plan tailored to your needs.

Additionally, we will explore how Neurofunctional Pain Management is revolutionizing how we address endometriosis-related pain, offering hope for those seeking practical, long-lasting relief. 

Firstly, let’s discuss the definition of endometriosis and some of the painful symptoms that impact the lives of the women it affects.

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a complex and painful condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus (endometrial tissue) begins to grow outside the uterus. This tissue can infiltrate the structures and organs of the pelvic cavity, causing pain and inflammation, as well as potentially affecting fertility. Endometriosis causes highly individual experiences because it has many types and stages.

What Does Endometriosis Pain Feel Like?

Endometriosis is a unique condition that affects women in many ways; for example, some women may experience no symptoms, whereas the journey is marked by persistent challenges for others.

Symptoms of endometriosis include chronic pain, excruciating periods, heavy bleeding, discomfort during intercourse, altered bowel movements, digestive troubles, and fertility issues. The pain is often described as a sharp abdominal sensation, typically amplified with enduring period cramps. These feelings may ebb and flow in intensity, fluctuating with the hormonal cycle. 

Additionally, the associated symptoms of fatigue, depression, and anxiety can be commonly overlooked or considered a separate problem. However, these symptoms are highly prevalent in people living with endometriosis and are thought to be due to the inflammatory nature of this condition. 

Now that we understand the nature of endometriosis, let’s focus on exploring some of the common causes and influencing factors that lead to its development.

Eight Common Causes Of Endometriosis

Due to its complexity, the exact cause of endometriosis is still unknown. However, researchers have identified several potential contributing factors linked to its development. In the following sections, we will explore these causes and their implications for those affected by this distressing condition.

1. Genetic Predisposition

Genetics is seen to play a crucial role in the development of endometriosis, although it is still not yet completely understood. Here are the three critical genetic factors currently being explored by experts. 

Familial Links And Hereditary Factors

It is well-established knowledge that familial links and hereditary factors significantly influence the risk of developing endometriosis. This means if you have a first-degree relative who has faced this condition, such as your mother, aunt, or sister, your risk of developing it is notably elevated. This also extends to instances of difficulties in fertility within the family, which again suggest a shared genetic vulnerability. However, it is important to note while hereditary factors are underscored as a significant influence, it doesn’t guarantee that you will develop endometriosis. 

Genetic Studies And Identified Susceptibility Genes

There has been an ongoing exploration into the identified genes that increase endometriosis susceptibility. Although there is no specifically identified “endometriosis gene”, there have been certain genes pinpointed that appear to contribute to an increased risk of developing this condition. 


It has been identified that any gene variation that influences the body’s response to hormonal changes, particularly estrogen, has been linked to individuals with endometriosis. This knowledge provides insights into potentially identifiable genetic markers predisposing certain women to develop the condition. However, much like hereditary genes, there are many other factors to consider, and having a gene variation alone does not guarantee the onset of endometriosis.

Epigenetics’ Role In Endometriosis Development

Epigenetics is the study of how genes work or “express” in our bodies. Many factors, such as environmental factors, lifestyle choices, and hormonal influences, can change how a certain gene expresses and functions. These changes can affect how the body reacts to things like hormonal shifts, inflammation, and tissue growth, which are important in endometriosis pathophysiology. 

While epigenetic research is still in its early stages, it is promising to see a deeper understanding of how our genes and the world around us play a part in causing conditions like endometriosis.

2. Hormonal Influences 

The two sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, play an intricate role in a woman’s reproductive health. The normal hormonal fluctuations throughout the menstrual cycle are delicately balanced and, if altered, can fuel the growth of endometrial tissue outside the confines of the uterus. Below are some of the most critical hormonal influences on endometriosis. 

Estrogen Dominance And Its Effects

One of the fascinating things about endometriosis is that it is known to be dependent on estrogen. If estrogen becomes dominant, outweighing the normal balance, it can significantly contribute to the development and persistence of this condition. When left untreated, elevated estrogen levels trigger inflammation and growth of abnormal endometrial tissue remodeling, exacerbating the painful symptoms of this condition and contributing to its chronic nature.

The Role Of Progesterone In Endometriosis Development

Levels of progesterone increase following ovulation, which helps promote healthy pregnancies and regulate the menstrual cycle. Elevated progesterone levels will balance and prevent overly high estrogen levels and, consequently, the excess growth of endometriosis. This highlights the delicate balance of these two hormones, where low levels of progesterone and increased estrogen levels are thought to play a role in endometriosis simultaneously.

With this in mind, most hormonal treatments for endometriosis revolve around restoring balance with increasing levels of progesterone. However, this is not always effective, and in some cases, the endometriosis growth will persist or even worsen. In this case, it is suggested that endometrial tissue has become resistant to progesterone as a hormone, both naturally occurring and conventional treatments. 

3. Retrograde Menstruation

Retrograde menstruation is a well-established concept of endometriosis development. To be in retrograde is to move backward, and in retrograde menstruation, there is a backward flow of menstrual blood through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity instead of down and out through the cervix. This process explains how endometrial cells can exit the uterus and go on to implant and grow within the pelvic cavity. 

4. Immune System Disorders

Endometriosis is becoming increasingly explored in the context of autoimmune disease. Although there is limited research, the literature indicates that when specific immune cells malfunction, particularly natural killer (NK) cells, it may contribute to abnormal endometrial tissue growth. These NK cells typically combat viruses and tumors but have been seen to be compromised in people with endometriosis. It’s suggested that when an immune system disorder hinders the body’s defenses, abnormal endometrial tissue can thrive in places beyond the uterus, complicating endometriosis further.

5. Surgical Scar Implantation

Another way that endometrial tissue can develop is by direct transplantation of endometrial cells to organs and tissues outside the uterus, like the abdominal walls. Surgical scar implantation can occur during surgeries such as Cesarean delivery or a hysterectomy. During these procedures, endometrial cells can spread through the pelvis and transfer to surrounding organs, the abdominal wall, or within the surgical incision.

6. Embryonic Cell Transformation

Puberty is a transformative and body-altering phase where estrogen levels surge to prepare for the first menstrual cycle, and it often coincides with the onset of endometriosis. 

Embryonic cell transformation hypothesizes that embryonic stem cells within the abdomen convert into endometrial tissue outside the uterus due to elevated estrogen during puberty. Embryonic cells are wonderfully versatile stem cells that can divide or take on various cell roles during the earliest stages of the human body’s development.

This idea is based on the notion that most abdominal cells and tissues originated from embryonic cells. This intricate process underscores the potential link between embryonic cell transformation and the development of endometriosis.

7. Environmental And Lifestyle Factors

Several environmental and lifestyle factors can have a significant effect on the development of endometriosis. These factors interact with the body’s intricate systems, potentially shaping the course of this complex condition.

Impact Of Environmental Toxins And Pollutants

Being exposed to environmental toxins and pollutants is always considered unsuitable for our overall health and well-being, and it also causes a noteworthy concern when it comes to endometriosis. Suppose you are exposed to elevated levels of these harmful agents throughout your everyday life. In that case, this exposure can contribute to increased levels of inflammation throughout the body and, consequently, the progression of endometriosis. 

Dietary Factors And Endometriosis Risk

It’s evident that our dietary choices can significantly impact many aspects of our health, particularly the development of chronic disease. Processed foods have long been thought to contribute to chronic illness, including endometriosis, as they increase inflammation throughout the body, which can trigger or enhance the growth of endometriosis. 

Additionally, emerging evidence has suggested a potential link between high consumption of red meat as a possible contributor to an increased risk of endometriosis. This could be because red meat may increase the levels of naturally occurring estrogen throughout the body. Further investigation is required to better understand how different foods might be connected to causing endometriosis.

8. Reproductive Health History

There are many significant milestones in a woman’s reproductive health history. Let’s unpack some of them and discuss how they can shape the future risk of endometriosis development. 

Impact Of Early Age Menstruation

Endometriosis can develop any time from your first period until the final stages of menopause. It is suggested that getting your period at a younger age can be a potential risk factor for endometriosis developing as it may lead to longer exposure to hormonal changes. It is important to make a note of any changes to your menstruation so proactive steps can be taken to manage your reproductive health and risk of endometriosis development.

Pregnancy History And Endometriosis Risk

Your reproductive history includes your pregnancy history, and important factors like the number of pregnancies, delivery method, timing, and associated complications can give insights into the increased risk of endometriosis developing. It’s important to remember the whole pregnancy journey can impact the development of this condition, as well as potentially modify its trajectory.

Role Of Childbirth And Breastfeeding In Endometriosis Prevention

Breastfeeding is known to have many positive benefits for both mother and child, and it could even impact the progression of endometriosis. Studies have recently shown that childbirth and an extended duration of breastfeeding can decrease the risk of developing endometriosis and significantly reduce the symptoms. It has been recommended that women be encouraged to breastfeed straight after childbirth and continue for a long duration for positive benefits for those living with endometriosis. 

How Is Endometriosis Diagnosed?

It can be challenging to get an official diagnosis of endometriosis, which leads to delays in timely treatment and increases the risk of complications. A comprehensive approach to diagnosing this complex condition is necessary to ensure all factors are considered. 

Your healthcare provider, typically a gynecologist, will ask questions regarding your medical and reproductive history, as well as your specific symptoms. They will also conduct a physical examination of the abdomen, exploring the areas of tenderness that may indicate endometriosis. 

Additionally, scans such as an ultrasound or MRI may be recommended for a more thorough approach to viewing the surrounding pelvic structures for endometrial growth. These scans give a much more detailed review of the severity of endometriosis.

Furthermore, a surgical laparoscopy may be required, which enables your doctor to explore the pelvis and identify endometrial growth and allow for any targeted removal or tissue sampling that may be required.

Once endometriosis is determined, the initial focus is on managing the distressing symptoms. In the next section, we will explore an innovative approach for addressing endometriosis that doesn’t rely on medications or invasive surgeries. 

How We Approach Endometriosis Pain

When it comes to treatments for endometriosis, it’s essential to consider all approaches so you can be sure you’re making informed decisions that are right for you. The innovative techniques of Neurofunctional Pain Management (NFPM) aim to provide effective relief and enhance the overall well-being of individuals with endometriosis. Various therapies incorporated into the Nueragenex protocol of NFPM can help alleviate pain and manage symptoms, focusing on individualized care. These non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical methods include: 


Electroanalgesia therapy involves the application of specialized electrical currents that can disrupt pain signals and provide effective pain relief. This therapy targets the nerve pathways that signal pain to the brain, reducing pain perception and improving comfort for individuals with endometriosis and its debilitating symptoms. Electroanalgesia offers a non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical option tailored to your specific needs.

IV Therapy

Intravenous (IV) therapy is another aspect of Neurofunctional Pain Management. It involves administering essential nutrients, vitamins, and amino acids directly into the bloodstream, which can be highly beneficial for patients with chronic pain. By addressing deficiencies, IV therapy promotes optimal organ and immune function, ultimately leading to better health outcomes and overall well-being. This therapy is pre-prepared for your individual requirements based on your blood tests. 

Lifestyle Counseling

Neurofunctional Pain Management techniques go beyond treating physical pain. We believe there can be a positive impact on the symptoms of chronic illnesses, including endometriosis, through the adoption of certain lifestyle factors. With the support and guidance of lifestyle counseling, you can integrate these into your daily routine. These elements play an important role in maintaining effective and enduring pain management strategies and contributing to long-term relief.

The three NFPM therapies of electroanalgesia, IV therapy, and lifestyle counseling offer a comprehensive and holistic approach to managing endometriosis-related pain. This patient-centered approach seeks to improve quality of life and empower individuals to take an active role in their pain management journey.

The Neuragenex Protocol For Endometriosis Pain

Endometriosis is a complex condition with a range of potential causes that can individually contribute to developing this challenging condition. The exact trigger may vary, and understanding its possible causes can lead you toward finding the right treatments and pain management solutions. 

At Neuragenex, we offer innovative and tailored solutions to help manage endometriosis-related pain and provide lasting relief. Our Neurofunctional Pain Management techniques offer a whole-person approach that addresses the root causes of pain, supports your overall well-being, and empowers you to regain control of your life. 

Defining the Different Endometriosis Stages

Did you know that endometriosis is a condition that affects around 11% of American women between the ages of 15-44? This complex medical condition involves the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue outside the uterus lining, which leads to distressing symptoms for those affected.

Endometriosis is a varied condition that develops through stages, with each stage presenting distinct characteristics and challenges. These stages range from minimal (Stage 1) to severe (Stage 4), based on the extent of invasive endometrial tissue growth.

In this article, we will discuss the complexities of endometriosis, its diverse forms, and the stages through which it can progress. By gaining a deeper understanding of these concepts, an effective management strategy can be tailored to your individual needs for lasting relief from endometriosis-related pain. 

We’ll explore the conventional treatment options typically prescribed, encompassing pharmaceuticals, hormonal control medications, and surgical interventions. Furthermore, we’ll introduce Neuragenex’s innovative Neurofunctional Pain Management techniques, which can help women struggling with endometriosis find relief across all forms and stages without requiring drugs or surgery.

Our goal is to provide you with helpful insights so you can better understand your symptoms and know how to choose the treatment options right for you and your lifestyle. Let’s start with defining the different types of endometriosis. 

Types Of Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a multifaceted condition that evolves not only in stages but also in diverse forms. Exploring these forms highlights the condition’s intricate nature that can display varying symptoms and impact each person uniquely. Here are the most prevalent types of endometriosis, each with its distinct characteristics and implications:

Peritoneal Endometriosis

Peritoneal endometriosis is the most frequently encountered, where the abnormal endometrial tissue begins to invade the peritoneum, the lining of the abdominal wall. This type of endometriosis causes inflammation and adhesions throughout the thin peritoneal membrane, leading to chronic pelvic pain, painful intercourse, as well as intensified menstrual cramping and bleeding. 

Abdominal Endometriosis

Abdominal endometriosis describes cases where the invasive endometrial tissue begins to grow outside of the peritoneal cavity and through the abdominal wall. This can occur of its own accord, or it can develop due to surgeries like hysterectomies or C-sections, where the endometrial cells adhere to the incision sites. This type of endometriosis leads to symptoms of abdominal tenderness, a notable lump or mass across the affected area, and significant pelvic pain, especially during menstruation.

Ovarian Endometriomas

Ovarian endometriomas, also known as chocolate cysts, get their name from the presence of distinctively dark fluid-filled cysts that form on the surface of the ovaries. In more severe cases, they may invade deep within the ovarian tissue. These cysts can cause significant pelvic pain as well as hinder ovarian function, potentially impacting fertility. It is believed that ovarian endometriomas can lead to endometriosis spreading further into the abdomen. Additionally, although it is rare, these cysts may increase the risk of ovarian cancer development. 

Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis

Deep infiltrating endometriosis describes the abnormal growth of tissue that invades abdominal organs near the uterus, such as the bowel and bladder. This intrusive tissue can be found deep within the layers of the affected organs, leading to severe, persistent pain, bowel and urinary symptoms, and ongoing challenges with fertility and menstrual cycle regularity.

Diffuse Endometriosis

When invasive endometrial tissue begins to spread across a number of organs, it is described as diffuse endometriosis. This indicates a highly advanced stage of the condition, which can cause a multitude of uncomfortable symptoms, such as chronic pain that is difficult to manage, fertility challenges, hormonal imbalances, and a heightened inflammatory response within the body.

These are among the primary types of endometriosis. However, it is important to acknowledge that many other variations exist, all causing impactful symptoms with individual experiences. Let’s now discuss how endometriosis originates before we explore its distinct stages. 

How Does Endometriosis Develop?

Having a deep understanding of how endometriosis develops helps us to comprehend the complexity of its uncomfortable symptoms. As we now know, endometriosis occurs when there is an abnormal growth of endometrial tissue (uterine lining) outside of the uterus, where it begins to infiltrate various abdominal organs and structures. But what exactly causes the pain?

Endometriosis, whether minimal or severe, triggers pain due to the tissue’s normal response to the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle. The tissue will inflame, shed, and bleed, just as it would if it were still in the uterus. However, when this happens outside of its natural environment, it causes inflammation, scarring, cysts lesions, and adhesions to its surrounding tissues and structures. This entire process gives rise to the distressing symptoms of endometriosis, such as severe cramps, heavy periods, digestive issues, infertility and other fertility challenges, and pain during or after intercourse.

It is evident that endometriosis can have a profound impact on a sufferer’s quality of life. 

Why Some Cases Are More Severe Than Others

The characteristics of endometriosis will vary among individuals, and its severity depends on factors such as the extent and depth of infiltration, its location, hormonal influences, and individual responses. 

Furthermore, while an increase in symptom severity doesn’t always indicate advanced endometriosis, it does increase the likelihood of worsening or additional symptoms if there is deeper tissue infiltration, especially involving organs like the bowel, bladder, or ovaries. Individual factors such as age and hormonal fluctuations can also increase the severity of symptoms.

Does It Get Better Or Worse Over Time?

If endometriosis is left untreated, there is an increased risk that it will progressively worsen. This can lead to further or deeper tissue infiltration and scar tissue formation caused by inflammation and damage to surrounding tissues. Over time, this can result in the gradual worsening of symptoms. 

Receiving early intervention and effective symptom management for endometriosis can reduce the risk of worsening discomfort and potentially improve the overall progression of the condition. Exploring appropriate treatments can offer individuals strategies to prevent symptoms from progressing and increase quality of life.

Recognizing the wide spectrum of disease progression, symptoms, and individual experiences, it’s crucial to acknowledge all of the potential challenges and intricacies associated with this condition. Now that we have a solid understanding of how it develops and its impact, we will explain the different stages and classifications of endometriosis. 

The Different Stages Of Endometriosis

Exploring how endometriosis is classified can help you better understand your condition’s severity. Here we’ll explain the stages and distinct characteristics of endometriosis at each stage. Although endometriosis has no cure, we will explore the conventional treatments currently recommended to manage the painful symptoms and potentially prevent the condition from worsening. 

Stage 1: Minimal Endometriosis

A Stage 1 classification of endometriosis indicates a mild case that shows minimal signs of endometrial tissue growth outside of the uterus. The peritoneum may show signs of infiltration with small endometrial implants, wounds, or lesions. It’s possible that in minimal endometriosis there are signs of the abdominal or pelvic tissue being affected with very little or no scar tissue.


Symptoms are typically mild, though they can still cause concern. They may include pelvic discomfort or a minor increase in pain during menstruation or intercourse.

Recommended Treatment Options

At this stage of endometriosis, it is usually recommended that you observe symptoms and schedule regular check-ins with your healthcare provider. Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or naproxen may be recommended to help provide short-term relief from discomfort.

Stage 2: Mild Endometriosis

Stage 2 entails more extensive abnormal tissue growth compared to minimal endometriosis. At this stage, the endometriosis is more established, with deeper implants, and there may be scar tissue present. It is likely that the ovaries have become affected, causing painful chocolate cysts. 


Pain may become more intense than seen at Stage 1. It can begin impacting daily life and potentially causing discomfort during bowel movements and urination. Additionally, if the ovaries have become infiltrated, there may be fertility complications. 

Recommended Treatment Options

Depending on your symptoms, a doctor may recommend hormonal medications alongside over-the-counter medications. These include birth control pills that minimize or completely stop your menstrual cycle, which reduces bleeding, inflammation, and painful cramping. Additionally, complementary therapies such as acupuncture and pelvic floor physiotherapy, and complementary medicines may be recommended to relieve painful symptoms and support hormonal health. 

Stage 3: Moderate Endometriosis

A classification of Stage 3, or moderate endometriosis, is given when there are multiple deep tissue infiltrations. One or more pelvic organs may be affected, such as the fallopian tubes, uterus, bladder, and bowel, causing cysts and scar tissue to develop. 


Symptoms are more pronounced and are likely to become persistent, including severe (chronic) pelvic pain, dysfunction of the affected organs, decreased ovarian function, and potential fertility complications. 

Recommended Treatment Options

Alongside the previously mentioned treatments, for Stage 3 endometriosis, hormonal birth control via an intrauterine device (IUD) may be recommended as a more convenient approach. It can help manage hormonal fluctuations, as well as the pain and bleeding associated with menstrual cycles. However, it is important to note that this option is not a long-lasting solution for severe endometriosis-related pain. 

Stage 4: Severe Endometriosis

This is the most advanced and severe stage of endometriosis. Stage 4 involves widespread tissue growth with numerous deep implants that have caused dense scar tissue. Large cysts can be seen on the ovaries, along with many significant adhesions across the pelvic organs. 


Symptoms can be severe and debilitating, affecting an individual’s overall health and well-being. Scar tissues and adhesions can cause chronic pain and have implications on fertility. There may be instances where severe abdominal complications occur, such as a “frozen pelvis”, where multiple organs become fused together due to adhesions. 

Recommended Treatment Options

For Stage 4 endometriosis, treatments revolve around improving quality of life, preventing further organ dysfunction, and enhancing fertility. Surgical laparoscopy is usually necessary to remove extensive tissue growth, cysts, and adhesions. In some cases, a specialist may recommend drainage of cysts to alleviate symptoms and improve ovarian function. 

By gaining these insights into the different stages of endometriosis and the available treatment options, you can make more informed decisions about managing your condition and seeking appropriate care that suits your individual needs.

How Do I Know Which Stage I Am In?

Pain is an individual experience, and it’s important to note that the severity of your symptoms is not directly linked to what stage you are in. Someone experiencing severe pain and discomfort may have endometriosis at Stages 1 or 2, and conversely, someone with more advanced endometriosis may show milder symptoms.

To accurately diagnose endometriosis, a surgical laparoscopy is required to visually assess the extent of endometrial tissue growth. This surgical procedure allows for a more comprehensive evaluation, which can include the removal of cysts or adhesions if found. For a laparoscopy to be performed, general anesthesia is required, which involves potential risks associated with the use of anesthesia medications and the risks of the surgical procedure itself.

Finding An Effective Pain Management Solution For Endometriosis With Neuragenex

For women struggling with the persistent pain of endometriosis, discovering enduring relief and finding an improvement in quality of life are big priorities. At Neuragenex, we are dedicated to offering pain management solutions that go beyond pharmaceuticals and surgical procedures, using the fundamentals of Neurofunctional Pain Management (NFPM). Our protocol encompasses a whole-person-centered approach that utilizes the following fundamental modalities of NFPM:


Electroanalgesia is a non-invasive therapy that involves high-pulse electrical stimulation, targeting the intricate connections between pain, the nervous system, and the brain. Pain signals are intercepted at the nerve’s source, providing cellular-level pain relief. By diminishing pain-stimulating signals, electroanalgesia interrupts the cycle of inflammation that leads to pain, ultimately reducing overall levels of inflammation. Most importantly, lasting relief can be achieved as this therapy eliminates pain, triggers the natural release of endorphins, and promotes overall comfort.

IV Therapy 

Specialized hydration intravenous therapy (IV therapy) is another essential component of our approach. This therapy restores essential nutrients and electrolytes directly through the bloodstream. This targeted approach can create a supportive environment for the body to heal, promoting optimal organ function and reducing inflammation. IV therapy is tailored to your individual needs, addressing specific deficiencies that lead to the reduction of symptoms associated with endometriosis.

Lifestyle Counseling

At Neuragenex, we foster an approach to pain management that encompasses the whole person. We understand that pain goes beyond physical sensations and interventions, where it also incorporates aspects of your mental health and overall sense of well-being. Our comprehensive lifestyle counseling is a program that educates and supports patients to make informed decisions that enhance their quality of life. We help you embrace lifestyle changes that lead to sustained improvements in your comfort and reduction of endometriosis symptoms. 

The Neuragenex protocol combining electroanalgesia, IV therapy, and lifestyle counseling is an innovative approach that helps patients find relief from endometriosis pain and restores their overall health. Our goal is to improve your overall quality of life, providing you with enduring relief from the challenges and discomforts that come with endometriosis. 

Early Awareness Is The Key To Effective Treatment

When it comes to endometriosis, having an understanding of the stages, forms, and complexities of this condition is crucial. Although painful symptoms are individual, they should not be ignored, and recognizing their potential causes is the first step toward achieving relief. 

By addressing symptoms promptly and seeking professional guidance, you can find solutions that better manage the painful symptoms of endometriosis. Through exploring innovative approaches like Neurofunctional Pain Management, you can find long-lasting relief and improve your overall quality of life. 

Remember, the path to lasting relief begins with early awareness, understanding your condition, and taking proactive steps. Neuragenex is here to support you every step of the way, offering personalized strategies and compassionate care to help you regain control of your well-being and embrace a life free from the constraints of endometriosis-related pain.

Different Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatments


Feeling low on energy after strenuous physical activity or following an intense week at work is something we all experience. But when the tiredness and weakness become persistent or don’t improve with rest, it is important not to overlook your symptoms. 

Over time, chronic fatigue can compromise your productivity, social life, and ability to live independently. However, there is no need to just surrender to fatigue: there are many treatment options available that can help you boost your energy levels and return to your true self. 

In this guide, we’ll explore how the innovative whole-person treatment program pioneered by Neuragenex, Neurofunctional Pain Management, can help you defeat chronic fatigue without medications, chiropractic therapies, or invasive procedures. Let’s dive in. 

What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?

Chronic fatigue – officially known as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) – is a chronic disorder that causes a persistent state of fatigue for at least six months. 

If you have CFS, rest and sleep won’t help your symptoms, which will continue to grow in intensity and severity over time, ultimately getting in the way of your professional and personal lives. 

Some of the common symptoms of CFS include:


  • Severe fatigue that develops suddenly and lasts for a long period of time
  • Headaches 
  • Brain fog and difficulty concentrating
  • Problems with memory
  • Mood swings
  • Low-grade fever and chills
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the armpits or neck
  • Muscle and joint aches 
  • Sleep problems (e.g. waking up multiple times during the night and struggling to fall asleep again)
  • Feeling that you can’t get enough sleep, even if you have slept enough
  • Feeling dizzy or light-headed when switching from sitting to an upright position

These symptoms tend to get worse after spending a long time on your feet, or the day after intense physical activity. This is a complication of CFS known as post-exertional malaise.

The causes of chronic fatigue syndrome are unknown. However, new studies have found links between this condition and certain anomalies, such as:

  • Alterations in the immune system
  • Dysfunctions that affect the body’s ability to break down nutrients (e.g. fats and proteins) and transform them into energy sources such as sugars and acids
  • Temporary or permanent changes in the waves of electrical activity in the brain
  • Anomalies in the structure of some genes and alterations in how these genes act within the cells
  • Exposure to certain viruses and bacteria that cause infections, like the Epstein-Barr virus, Lyme disease, and Q fever
  • Experiencing major health events such as emotional trauma, surgery, injury, or severe distress
  • Hormonal imbalances that lead to low levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and serotonin (the happy hormone)


While the root cause of chronic fatigue syndrome isn’t clearly determined, some factors have been seen to increase the risk of developing this disorder. These risk factors include:  

  • Being female (women are four times more likely than men to suffer from CFS)
  • Extreme stress and anxiety
  • Poor eating habits
  • Mental health conditions such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Experiencing flu-like symptoms or allergies
  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors


Currently, between 0.4% and 2.5% of the general population has been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, and these rates are steadily growing. However, it is estimated that the actual number of Americans battling CFS is much higher, sitting somewhere between 836,000 to 2.5 million – 90% of whom have not yet been diagnosed. 

Conditions That May Share Symptoms With CFS

One of the aspects that make chronic fatigue syndrome so hard to diagnose is that its symptoms tend to overlap those of several other diseases. Below, we’ll look at the conditions that also cause long-lasting tiredness, weakness, nausea, dizziness, and prolonged low levels of energy. 


Affecting over four million people in America alone, fibromyalgia is a common condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, distress, and muscle weakness. The constant pain and extreme sensitivity to touch also lead people with fibromyalgia to experience symptoms such as sleep disturbances, long-lasting fatigue, and impaired cognitive abilities. 


The root causes of this condition are not well understood. However, new studies have highlighted that fibromyalgia may stem from dysfunctions of the immune system or of the central nervous system, which makes people more sensitive to pain. Additionally, similarities with certain autoimmune disorders may be opening up new pathways to better understand fibromyalgia. 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome – or IBS – is a disorder that affects the part of the digestive system that involves the stomach and intestine. This is known as the gastrointestinal tract, and it plays a major role in enabling the digestion process. 

As a form of functional gastrointestinal disorder, IBS occurs when there are anomalies in the gut-brain axis, i.e. the channel of communication between the central nervous system and the digestive system. When this happens, you may experience a range of symptoms associated with dysfunctions in the digestive process, including bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and changes in bowel movements. 

These symptoms tend to last between a few days and a few weeks, and, over time, they can impact your body’s ability to obtain essential nutrients from food. The lack of vitamins and minerals, coupled with the dehydration derived from recurring diarrhea, can cause severe complications such as fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, and low levels of energy.

Major Depressive Disorder

Clinical depression – or major depressive disorder – is a psychological disorder that impacts the mood, as well as how you feel or behave. It causes persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness, as well as anger, frustration, irritability, and loss of interest and pleasure in activities. 

The emotional disturbances caused by clinical depression can cause a whole host of severe complications, including physical problems, difficulty living independently, and suicidal thoughts. People with depression can also experience severe sleep disturbances and sleep disorders like insomnia, as well as impaired cognitive function and memory problems. 

The combination of all of these symptoms can also cause people with depression to experience persistent fatigue, tiredness, and weakness. Currently, it is estimated that depression affects over 280 million people worldwide

Why It’s Important To Seek Treatment For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

If you have been struggling with persistent fatigue, you should immediately seek an accurate diagnosis. Currently, there is no single, specific test that your doctor can prescribe to diagnose CFS. 

However, depending on your symptoms, your healthcare provider may use a range of tests and examinations to deliver an accurate diagnosis. This step is essential for two main reasons:

  • Persistent tiredness may be a symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome, but it can also conceal another underlying condition that requires specialized medical attention. 
  • Assuming that your tiredness derives from CFS may cause you to choose an inadequate line of treatment, which can be inefficient at best and dangerous at worst. 

Besides a review of your symptoms and medical history, your doctor may carry out a physical exam and prescribe imaging tests to rule out fatigue-inducing anomalies (for example, diseases like tumors and cancers can cause “cancer fatigue”).

Seeking a diagnosis as soon as your symptoms seem to be persistent or recurring can help you find an efficient treatment program that allows you to manage your symptoms and treat their underlying cause. 

Below, we’ll look at the most common lines of treatment prescribed for CFS – or symptoms that involve chronic fatigue. 

Lifestyle Changes

Some lifestyle changes may help improve your levels of energy and counteract the effects of chronic fatigue syndrome. These include:

  • Diet: According to a 2020 study, inadequate nutrition is a key mediator of fatigue. To improve your levels of energy, plan a balanced diet that is rich in whole and natural products, and low in processed foods, refined sugars, and saturated fats. 

Foods such as vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds provide a wealth of health benefits and can help you avoid nutritional deficiencies that are linked to fatigue, impaired cognition, and weakness (e.g. iron, vitamin B12, and vitamin D).

  • Sleep, rest, and relaxation: In today’s society, sleep and rest are often considered luxuries. But don’t forget that these are essential bodily functions, which are needed to support health, energy levels, and vital processes, such as digestion, mood, and brain performance. To improve your sleep and rest quality, implement key changes, such as:
    • Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
    • Stay away from blue light-emitting devices before bedtime, as they can disrupt the production of melatonin (the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle).
    • Seek exposure to natural light as soon as you wake up.
    • Stop drinking caffeine at least six hours before bedtime. 
    • Avoid drinking alcohol.
    • Avoid stimulants. 



  • Changes in your place of work or study: In some cases, CFS may be caused by environmental factors, including high stress levels, irregular work hours, burnout, and exposure to toxins, chemicals, and pesticides. 

Changing your workplace, school, or routine can help you gain more control over your surrounding environment and ease the symptoms of CFS. 

  • Lowering stress levels: High stress levels can cause a range of fatigue-inducing complications, including sleep disruptions, immune system problems, high levels of inflammation, and excessive heart activity. 

To lower your stress levels, you may try tools such as regular light exercise, meditation, breathing exercises, and mind-body activities such as yoga and Qigong.

Medications And Supplements For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Medications and supplements are often used alongside lifestyle modifications to help patients manage the symptoms of CFS in their daily lives. We’ll look at the different lines of treatment, their benefits, and their limitations. 


Medications can help people with CFS by helping them enjoy a better night’s sleep, feel more alert during the daytime, relieve environmental stressors (e.g. allergies), or address underlying conditions such as depression

Commonly prescribed medications for CFS include:

  • Antidepressants: Antidepressants work by increasing the activity of chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters. These chemicals are responsible for relieving pain, inducing relaxation, promoting sleep, and improving mood. 
  • Sleep medications: Sleep medications like Sonata can modulate the receptors in the brain responsible for slowing down the nervous system and inducing sleep. In turn, a better night’s sleep may improve daytime energy levels. 
  • Benzodiazepines: This class of anti-anxiety medications works by increasing the activity of a specific neurotransmitter in the brain known as GABA, which is responsible for inducing feelings of calmness and relaxation. 
  • Pain medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and pain relievers such as Tylenol are sometimes prescribed to relieve muscle and joint pain, as well as headaches, which are common complications of CFS flare-ups. 
  • Antihistamines: Allergy medications can help relieve the feelings of tiredness and weakness that may occur as a consequence of your immune system fighting seasonal allergies.
  • Stimulants: Stimulants like Concerta increase the levels of those chemicals in the brain – such as dopamine – responsible for increasing attention, cognitive function, and movement.

It is important to note that these medications may only relieve temporary flare-ups, but they don’t treat or modify the underlying condition causing fatigue. What’s more, as we have seen above, CFS is a chronic condition that persists over time. 

Taking medications for such long periods of time may expose you to severe side effects, including the increased risk of heart attack, stomach ulcer, kidney dysfunction, mood changes, and addiction. 


Some vitamins and supplements may help reduce fatigue. These include:

  • Magnesium: Magnesium supports the processes in the body involved with transforming the glucose in food into energy. It also influences the production of protein, the circulation of blood, and the function of the nervous system. 
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: People with CFS tend to have lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids and a lower ratio of omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids. Supplementing these nutrients may relieve oxidative stress, which contributes to fatigue and pain. 
  • Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 plays a role in several processes in the body, including those involved with keeping the blood and cells healthy and making DNA. Low levels of B12 are associated with symptoms like headaches, fatigue, weakness, cognitive impairment, inflammation, and chronic pain. 
  • Vitamin D: A 2016 study shows that vitamin D3 deficiency is associated with higher self-perceived levels of fatigue. Lack of vitamin D3 also causes a range of symptoms like headaches, tiredness, pain, weakness, depression, and inhibited cognitive performance. 
  • L-carnitine: L-carnitine is a compound created by the liver, brain, and kidneys. It is responsible for breaking down fats and turning them into energy. 

Low levels of L-carnitine are associated with decreased brain and heart function, impaired muscle movement, and liver problems as well as tiredness and fatigue. L-carnitine supplements can help your body produce more energy. 

Other vitamins that may relieve fatigue include beta-carotene, which strengthens the immune system, and melatonin, which helps regulate the wake-sleep cycle and improve sleep quality. According to a review published in 2017, more research is needed to determine the efficacy of supplements on CFS. 

Each of the supplements above comes with side effects and contraindications that should not be overlooked. Make sure to talk to your doctor before implementing them into your diet. 


Herbal products have been used for centuries as part of traditional medicine. However, over the past three decades, the portion of people using herbs and herbal supplements as part of their primary healthcare has grown to 80%

While research on the effects of herbs on chronic fatigue syndrome is still limited, some supplements may help with fatigue and weakness. These include Panax ginseng, a herb often used in traditional Chinese medicine.  

Also known as ginseng, this herb may boost energy levels, regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, and promote relaxation. A 2022 study shows that out of 18 participants with CFS who were taking ginseng, 56% reported a significant improvement in their symptoms. 

Other herbs and essential oils that may help with the symptoms of CFS by promoting relaxation, strengthening the immune system, or fighting oxidative stress include:

  • Echinacea
  • Sage 
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary 
  • Jasmine 


Although not all herbs are equally efficient, they can interfere with other medications you may be taking or even aggravate your sense of fatigue. Make sure to take these supplements only under the supervision of a medical practitioner. 

Specialist Treatments

If the lines of treatment above have failed, you and your doctor may discuss a different approach. Although there is no single therapy that works equally well for everyone, a combination of options can relieve your symptoms, strengthen your body, and help you learn how to live with your condition. 

Here are some of the most common treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy – when combined with a custom exercise routine – can help you build muscle strength and endurance. Physical activity also offers some fringe benefits that should not be overlooked by those battling persistent fatigue:

  • During physical activity, the body produces more mitochondria. These are the components of a cell responsible for creating fuel out of glucose (blood sugar) and oxygen. More mitochondria means more energy.
  • Exercise improves the circulation of blood and oxygen around the body. The increased supply of oxygen stimulates the energy-producing function of the cells and helps the body use energy more efficiently. 
  • Physical activity triggers the release of feel-good chemicals (endorphins) that make you feel more energized. Moving your body can also reduce sleep onset, thus making you fall asleep faster at nighttime. 

Alongside physical therapy, other therapies that may help reduce stress, increase relaxation, and ultimately reduce fatigue include acupuncture and therapeutic massages.

Energy Management

Activity and energy management is an approach that aims to help you regulate your expenditure of energy during the day, so as to avoid excessive peaks and drops of energy. The goal of this therapy, which is sometimes referred to as “pacing”, is to teach you how to maintain steady levels of activity throughout the day. 

When implementing energy management strategies, you’ll strive to:

  • Implement regular exercise in your routine
  • Learn to not over-exert yourself 
  • Keep track of your activities and levels of fatigue 
  • Find different ways to approach energy-demanding tasks (e.g. cooking while sitting down)
  • Take breaks and periods of rest when needed


Although energy management plans may not cure chronic fatigue syndrome, they can help you manage your condition in the long term.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of talk or psychotherapy, often administered by a mental health counselor. During each session, your counselor will help you identify patterns in the way you think and analyze how you respond to specific situations. Over time, this can help you gain better control over the way you handle different circumstances and challenges. 

CBT can also be used in the treatment of chronic fatigue. In this approach, you’ll work with a counselor over several weeks. In each session, you’ll learn to modify beliefs and thought processes that may be impairing your recovery, and you’ll also learn coping mechanisms and relaxation techniques. 

According to a 2021 study published in Frontiers, a 16-week CBT program improves physical function and fatigue in people with mild to moderate chronic fatigue syndrome.  

A Whole-Person Method To Treat Pain From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue does a lot more than just make you feel tired. Over time, this condition can profoundly impact your life, making it harder to enjoy even the simplest of daily activities, such as going to work, taking care of your loved ones, or meeting your friends. 

To make things worse is the fact that, with current traditional treatments, there is little chance of fully reversing chronic fatigue. And, as we have seen above, most therapies focus on simply relieving symptoms and offering coping strategies rather than tackling the roots of the problem. 

Fortunately, thanks to the innovative approach pioneered by Neuragenex, this is no longer the case. Neurofunctional Pain Management is a whole-person, non-pharmaceutical, and non-chiropractic treatment program that allows you to identify and change all of those aspects of your lifestyle and health that are aggravating your sense of fatigue.

Through a combination of the therapies below, Neurofunctional Pain Management can support your journey toward living free of persistent fatigue. Let’s see how.



Harnessing the power of high-frequency electric pulses, electroanalgesia stimulates the circulation of blood and nutrients, which are needed to support the body’s healing capabilities. The electric pulses delivered to the areas experiencing pain also disrupt the normal transmission of pain signals to the brain, thus providing long-lasting relief from pain. 

What’s more, the massage-like feelings induced during each session of electroanalgesia stimulate the production of feel-good chemicals like endorphins and decrease stress hormone levels.

Specialized IV Therapy

Following comprehensive blood tests and examinations, the expert team at Neuragenex can help you identify and address those nutritional imbalances and deficiencies that may be contributing to your persistent fatigue. 

Through a custom-designed course of IV mixes, you’ll be able to maintain appropriate levels of essential vitamins and minerals and provide your body with long-lasting hydration – which plays a vital role in restoring high levels of energy and liveliness.

Lifestyle Counseling

As seen above, your habits and lifestyle choices have a significant impact on your levels of energy and fatigue. However, understanding how to change your lifestyle to promote health can be challenging. 

With the guidance of the specialists at Neuragenex, you can identify and change those lifestyle aspects that may be aggravating your feelings of fatigue – from exercise levels to environmental factors and dietary choices. 

Manage The Long-Term Pain From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a real and debilitating condition. However, thanks to the innovative treatment program introduced by Neuragenex, there is no reason why you should just surrender to chronic fatigue. 

A custom Neurofunctional Pain Management program designed around your unique needs can help you defeat fatigue and return to enjoy your life to the fullest.


How Long Do Migraines Last? Your Questions On Migraines Answered

Are you experiencing recurring headaches or migraines that seem to last longer than you think they should? You’re probably asking yourself, “How long do migraines last? And when should I seek help?”

Understanding the duration of a migraine attack can offer valuable insights into managing and treating this debilitating condition.

In this article, we aim to provide valuable insights into migraines by exploring their different types, the distinct phases that make up a migraine attack, and the average duration of these episodes.

We’ll also discuss the crucial importance of monitoring symptoms, the challenges involved in diagnosing migraines, and when it’s essential to seek medical attention. In addition, we will share practical at-home remedies that may help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.

We also want to introduce you to Neuragenex’s person-centered approach and specialized therapies, which aim to provide long-lasting and effective relief from migraines, without relying solely on medications.

Migraines can be truly puzzling, as the duration of an attack can vary significantly from person to person. By addressing the unique questions surrounding this condition, we hope to shed light on effective strategies for managing and alleviating its symptoms.

Let’s begin by defining what migraines are and what sets them apart from regular headaches.

What Are Migraines?

Migraines are so much more than just regular headaches. They are a neurological condition that causes recurrent episodes of moderate to severe headaches, which are often accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances.

Migraines can have a profound impact on your daily activities. Moreover, when migraines become chronic, they can be disabling and have a significant effect on your quality of life and overall well-being.

While the exact cause of migraines is still not fully understood, it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors.

To get a clear understanding of how migraines can impact you, let’s discuss the different types of migraines and how long they typically last.

Type Of Migraines And Duration of Pain

Did you know that there are up to eight different types of migraines? Each type comes with its own unique set of symptoms and triggers. If you’re interested in learning more about these different types, we have a dedicated page called Understanding The Various Types of Migraines that delves into each one in great detail.

However, the two most common types of migraines are:

  • Migraines without aura: Also known as “common migraines”, these account for about 80% of migraine cases. They are characterized by moderate to severe pulsating headaches that typically occur on one side of the head, along with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.
  • The duration of migraines without aura can range from a few hours to several days.
  • Migraines with aura: In addition to common migraine symptoms, some people experience neurological symptoms known as “aura” before the onset of the headache pain. These aura symptoms can include visual disturbances, such as seeing flashing lights or zigzag patterns, as well as tingling sensations in the face or hands.
  • The duration of migraines with aura can vary, but the auras typically last for about an hour, followed by the headache phase

If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, you may have noticed a pattern in the way they come and go. That’s because migraines often follow distinguishable phases, similar to a life cycle. In the next section, we will explore these phases in detail.

Phases Of A Migraine Attack

A migraine attack consists of several distinct phases, each with its own characteristics and duration. Understanding these phases can help you to better recognize the progression of your migraines and take appropriate measures to manage the symptoms effectively.

Prodrome Phase

The prodrome (or ‘early symptom’) phase occurs from a few hours to several days before the onset of a migraine headache. During this phase, individuals may experience subtle changes that signal an impending migraine attack.

These changes can include mood swings, fatigue, food cravings, increased thirst, and heightened sensitivity to light and sound.

Aura Phase

In individuals who experience migraines with auras, the aura phase typically occurs right before the onset of the headache pain. Aura symptoms can manifest as visual disturbances, sensory changes, or even difficulty speaking. The duration of the aura phase is usually short, lasting around 20 minutes to an hour.

Headache Or Main Attack Stage

The headache phase is the most intense and debilitating part of a migraine attack. It is characterized by throbbing or pulsating headache pain, usually on one side of the head. Other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound, are also common during this phase.

The duration of the headache phase can vary widely, ranging from a few hours to several days.

Resolution Phase

After the headache phase, many individuals experience a resolution phase where the pain gradually subsides. During this phase, they may still feel fatigued or have difficulty concentrating. The duration of the resolution phase varies from person to person, but it is generally shorter than the headache phase.

Postdrome Phase

The postdrome phase, also known as the migraine hangover, occurs after the resolution phase. During this phase, individuals may feel exhausted and irritable, and may experience lingering mild headaches. The postdrome phase can last for several hours to a couple of days.

Now that we have an understanding of the various types of migraines and their characteristic phases, we can start putting together the puzzle of how long a typical migraine lasts.

How Long Does A Migraine Last?

When it comes to the duration of a migraine, there are some general guidelines to consider. According to the American Migraine Foundation (AMF), the painful headache associated with a migraine can last anywhere from four to 72 hours on average. This holds true for both migraines with and without auras.

It’s important to remember, however, that migraine duration can vary significantly from person to person and even from one episode to another. Several factors come into play, including the specific type of migraine, individual triggers, and the effectiveness of treatment.

The AMF also indicates that when taking into account the entire migraine episode, which encompasses the prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome phases, the duration can range from a little over one day to slightly over a week. While it is uncommon for a migraine attack to last for this longer duration, most sufferers’ typical migraines last one to two days.

So, why does the overall duration of migraines matter? And what if you experience migraines that vary in intensity and duration? Understanding your own migraines on a deeper level is crucial, and in the next section, we will explain why this is so important and how it can benefit you.

The Significance of Monitoring Migraine Symptoms

Monitoring the onset and duration of your migraine symptoms is vital for effective management and treatment. By diligently keeping track of your migraines, you can identify patterns, triggers, and warning signs that may help prevent or reduce the frequency and intensity of future attacks.

Gaining insights into your unique migraine patterns empowers you to take better control of your condition and make well-informed decisions regarding your treatment and lifestyle choices.

Additionally, tracking your symptoms will also provide valuable information for healthcare professionals, enabling them to accurately assess your condition and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

This is helpful because the process of diagnosing migraines can present challenges. Let’s dive into the reasons why this process can be a complex task.

Challenges In Diagnosing A Migraine

Diagnosing migraines is often a challenging task because there are currently no specific tests to confirm the condition. Healthcare professionals rely on a detailed medical history, symptom patterns, and ruling out other possible causes to make an accurate diagnosis.

It’s worth noting that several other conditions can cause symptoms similar to migraines, such as tension headaches, cluster headaches, and even sphenoid sinusitis.

Seeking professional help is crucial if you experience chronic headaches or migraines. By doing so, you can receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment to effectively manage your symptoms.

Next, we will explore how to recognize the signs indicating that it may be time to seek additional help for your migraines.

When Should You See A Doctor?

While migraines are a common condition, affecting 10% of people worldwide, there are certain red flags that should prompt you to seek medical attention. You should seek advice from a healthcare professional if:

  • Your headaches are significantly impacting your daily life and activities.
  • Your headaches are accompanied by neurological symptoms like confusion, slurred speech, or weakness in one side of the body.
  • You experience sudden and severe headaches unlike any you have had before.
  • Your headaches worsen or become more frequent.
  • You have a history of migraines but notice a change in the pattern or severity of your headaches.

Remember, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can significantly improve your quality of life and help you manage migraines effectively.

Now that we have gained a deep understanding of what migraines are, what to typically expect, and when to seek additional help, let’s shift our focus toward exploring various strategies to prevent and find relief from migraines.

What Can You Do At Home To Mitigate Migraine Attacks?

While medical intervention is the conventional treatment for managing migraines, there are also several lifestyle changes and at-home remedies that may help mitigate the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. Here are a few strategies you can try:

Keep A Migraine Journal

Keeping a detailed record of your migraines in a journal can help you identify triggers and patterns. Note down the date, time, duration, symptoms, potential triggers (such as certain foods, stress, or lack of sleep), and the effectiveness of any treatments or remedies you try.

This information can provide valuable insights for you and your healthcare professional in managing your migraines.

Manage Stress

Stress is a common trigger for migraines, so finding healthy ways to manage stress can be beneficial. Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or engaging in hobbies that bring you joy and help you unwind.

Prioritizing self-care and taking regular breaks can also help reduce stress levels and potentially prevent migraine attacks.

Check Your Eating Habits

Certain foods and beverages are well known to act as triggers for migraines in some individuals. To manage your migraine attacks, it is essential to identify and avoid any potential dietary triggers. Common culprits include processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, aged cheeses, and foods containing MSG (monosodium glutamate).

Maintaining a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, and eating regular meals can also help stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of migraines.

Get Enough Sleep

Adequate sleep is crucial for overall health and can play a significant role in migraine management. Establish a regular sleep schedule and create a conducive sleep environment by keeping your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.

Avoid caffeine and electronic devices before bedtime, as they can interfere with sleep quality. If you have difficulty sleeping, consult your healthcare professional for guidance and potential treatment options.

We Can Help You With Pounding Migraine Pain At Neuragenex

Migraines, with their variable durations and debilitating symptoms, can pose significant challenges to navigate and can significantly impact your daily life. As mentioned above, the duration of a migraine typically ranges from four to 72 hours, but seeking medical help becomes crucial if attacks worsen or persist.

Through sharing this article’s valuable insights, our aim is to empower individuals to seek suitable treatment and effective strategies for managing migraines and their accompanying symptoms.

While lifestyle changes like stress management, adequate sleep, and proper nutrition can help reduce frequency and intensity, acknowledging the complexity of this condition is important.

At Neuragenex, we specialize in Neurofunctional Pain Management and are dedicated to providing effective relief for migraine sufferers. Our compassionate and dedicated team specializes in developing personalized treatment plans that target the underlying neurological factors, aiming to provide long-term relief and improve well-being for individuals with all types of migraines.

With our expertise, we have assisted numerous patients in finding relief from the painful symptoms of migraines. Take control of your migraines today by reaching out to Neuragenex for personalized care and support. Let us assist you in managing your migraines and enhancing your quality of life.



Best Sitting Position For Lower Back Pain: Ways To Sit Comfortably

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2020, lower back pain affected a staggering 619 million people worldwide. Furthermore, WHO estimates that the prevalence of this often debilitating condition is only expected to continue to increase in the coming years.

Lower back pain can be caused by a varying number of factors, such as poor posture when sitting for long periods or muscle strain from lifting heavy objects incorrectly. Additionally, there may be an underlying medical condition causing pain throughout the lower back, like degenerative disc disease, where the discs between the vertebrae deteriorate over time.

Lower back pain has the potential to significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, making everyday activities like walking, bending over, and even sitting for long periods a challenge. This pain is oftentimes persistent in nature and it can be difficult to find effective relief.

Furthermore, living with the ongoing pain and limitations of lower back pain can take a toll on our mental well-being, causing feelings of low mood, heightened stress, or disturbances in our sleep patterns.

If you are experiencing lower back pain, one important factor to consider for managing this condition is the way you sit. How you sit can significantly impact your back health and potentially alleviate or exacerbate the pain.

In this article, we will explore the best sitting position for lower back pain and the importance of proper sitting angles. We will also discuss appropriate standing techniques, alternating neutral sitting positions, and how to incorporate additional best practices to help you manage lower back pain.

By exploring these topics, our aim is to provide valuable advice on how to effectively alleviate and prevent lower back pain. Additionally, we will explain how Neuragenex can play a vital role in helping you find long-lasting relief and improve your overall well-being.


1. Getting The Sitting Angle Right

To find the best way to sit with lower back pain, begin by being mindful of the angle at which you sit. The right sitting angle plays a crucial role in providing support to your lower back and reducing muscle and joint strain in that area. Here are a few key points to consider when getting the sitting angle right:

  • Backrest Angle: Start by checking the angle of your backrest. A slightly reclined position, around 100-110 degrees, can help distribute your body weight more evenly and reduce pressure on your lower back. Adjust the backrest of your chair to find a comfortable position that supports the natural curve of your spine.
  • Angling Your Knee: When sitting, avoid crossing your legs, as it can lead to an imbalance in weight distribution. Instead, keep your knees bent at approximately 90 degrees. Ensure both feet are planted equally flat on the floor, and if needed, use a footrest for additional support. This position helps maintain proper alignment and reduces strain on your lower back.

Maintaining a neutral spine while sitting is essential for alleviating lower back pain. Sit up straight with your shoulders relaxed and your spine naturally aligned. It is important to avoid slouching or arching your back, as these positions can strain the back muscles and exacerbate tightness and pain.


2. Stand Up The Right Way

Standing up from a seated position is an everyday activity that individuals with lower back pain often find challenging, as it can worsen the pain they experience.

Imagine you are suffering from lower back pain, and you have finally found a comfortable seat to get some rest. However, the real challenge comes when it’s time to get up. This transition often triggers pinching, grabbing, or lingering aches in your lower back.

To make the process much easier on your back and ensure a smooth and pain-free transition, follow these steps:

  • Firstly, scoot forward to the edge of your chair, ensuring that your buttocks are close to the front edge. This position allows you to have better control and leverage when standing up.
  • Then, bring your feet in toward the chair and check they are firmly on the ground, shoulder-width apart. This stable base provides a solid foundation for your body as you prepare to stand.
  • As you initiate the motion of standing up, place your hands on the armrests or the sides of the chair, then push through your arms while engaging your leg muscles, particularly the quadriceps and glutes. Visualize the action of pushing the floor away with your feet, which activates your leg muscles. This coordinated way of standing helps to evenly distribute the load through your arms, legs, and core, alleviating strain on your lower back.
  • It is best to maintain a straight and upright posture as you rise from a seated position. Try to avoid any sudden jerking or twisting movements that put unnecessary stress on your lower back. Instead, go slowly so you can move smoothly and gradually, using your leg muscles and maintaining proper alignment of your spine.

By following these steps and using proper technique, you can minimize the strain on your lower back when transitioning from sitting to standing. Remember to practice this method regularly for smoother movements and reduced risk of lower back pain.


3. Change Your Neutral Sitting Positions Alternately

Sitting in the same position for extended periods can place strain on your lower back. If you’re sitting at your desk and the minutes turn into hours, you may begin to start feeling that familiar uncomfortable ache. The back strain from maintaining the same position has begun to take its toll.

By changing your neutral sitting position periodically, you can give your lower back much-needed relief from sustained strain and boost your overall comfort and productivity. Here are a few recommended positions you can alternate between:

Reclined Sitting: Leaning back slightly with proper lumbar support can help relieve pressure on your lower back. Use a cushion or a lumbar roll to maintain the natural curve of your spine. This position helps distribute your body weight more evenly and reduces stress on your lower back muscles.

Declined Sitting: Incorporating declined sitting with an adjustable chair can be beneficial in reducing lower back fatigue. The slight forward tilt of the seat shifts some body weight to the stronger thigh muscles, making it harder to slouch or twist and easier to maintain proper posture during work.

Supine Sitting: Lying on your back with your legs elevated, either on a chair or a footrest, is great for relieving pressure on your lower back and promoting improved circulation. Although this position may not be suitable for all settings, such as an office environment, you may choose to try this position during work breaks or at home to give your lower back a rest.

Standing: Whenever possible, consider standing instead of sitting. Standing can help reduce the compressive forces on your lower spine and engage your core muscles, promoting better posture and alleviating lower back pain. Adjustable standing desks are a great option for incorporating more standing time into your work routine. Aim to alternate between sitting and standing throughout a long workday to prevent prolonged stress on your lower back.

In addition to adopting the best sitting positions, there are some additional methods that can further support your lower back health. In the upcoming sections, we will delve in detail into various tools and lifestyle changes that can help you effectively manage lower back pain.


4. Additional Best Practices To Incorporate

As we explore additional best practices for supporting lower back health, we’ll explain a range of techniques and strategies that complement the best sitting positions we have already discussed.

These practices aim to enhance your overall well-being and provide valuable insights into managing lower back pain effectively. We hope that these valuable insights provide you with more ways to alleviate discomfort and improve your daily life.


Utilize Your Armrests

By utilizing the armrests of your chair, you can reduce strain on your lower back by providing essential support to your upper body. To ensure maximum benefit, adjust the armrests to a height that allows your shoulders to relax fully and your elbows to rest comfortably. This promotes the alignment of a neutral spine, preventing awkward angles or slouching and effectively alleviating any unnecessary muscle strain in your lower back.


Use Effective Lumbar Support

During extended periods of sitting, opting for a chair with adequate lumbar support or using a lumbar roll can maintain the natural curve of your lower back. This support effectively relieves pressure and encourages a healthy sitting posture. By ensuring proper lumbar support, you can reduce the risk of developing poor posture and prevent prolonged strain on your lower back that often arises from sitting for extended periods.


Create Changes In Your Diet

While diet alone cannot cure lower back pain, making certain dietary changes can contribute to overall health. A healthy diet can support bone strength, reduce inflammation, and aid in weight management. It is recommended that you consult a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian to create a personalized dietary strategy that is based on your specific needs.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Foods rich in anti-inflammatory properties, such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), dark leafy greens, berries, turmeric, and olive oil, contain antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Incorporating these essential nutrients into your diet can help reduce the overall inflammation throughout the body, helping to promote the healing of painful conditions such as lower back discomfort.

Eat Foods Rich In Vitamin D & Calcium

Consuming foods rich in vitamin D and calcium, such as dairy products, fortified cereals, eggs, and dark leafy greens, is crucial for maintaining healthy bone mass and supporting overall spine health. Strong bones play a significant role in promoting a healthier lower back and preventing the occurrence of painful conditions.

Avoid Eating Foods That Promote Inflammation

To alleviate the inflammatory processes that can worsen painful conditions affecting the lower back, it is essential to reduce the consumption of processed foods, sugary snacks, and beverages. Instead, opt for whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, which support overall health and help reduce inflammation in the body. By making processed foods an occasional option, you can not only promote a healthier lower back but also reduce overall sickness and enhance your well-being.


When Pain Persists, Seek An Effective Solution For Lower Back Pain

If you find yourself dealing with persistent lower back pain that significantly impacts your daily life, and the best sitting positions, additional best practices, and lifestyle modifications do not provide sufficient relief, it may be time to consider seeking an alternative solution.

Neuragenex specializes in Neurofunctional Pain Management, an innovative approach to pain relief that focuses on alleviating pain, restoring health, and enhancing your quality of life. Through the use of advanced medical technologies and techniques, our combined treatments of electroanalgesia and IV hydration therapy target specific nerves responsible for pain transmission while optimizing the body’s healing environment and reducing inflammation

By modulating inappropriate and painful nerve signals and providing the body with tailored essential vitamins and minerals, Neuragenex offers effective and long-term relief from lower back pain. Our approach is designed to address the root causes of pain, promote healing, and ultimately improve your overall well-being, by providing you with personalized treatment options to suit your individual needs.

At Neuragenex, we recognize that pain is a complex experience that can affect both the mind and body. To address the full spectrum of pain, we embrace a multidisciplinary approach to pain management, incorporating counseling and coaching for lifestyle modifications. This comprehensive strategy targets the root causes of pain and enhances overall physical and mental well-being.

Adopting the best sitting positions for lower back pain can significantly contribute to reducing discomfort and promoting better back health. Remember to pay attention to your sitting angle, alternate between different positions, and incorporate additional practices like utilizing armrests and maintaining proper lumbar support.

If your lower back pain persists, Neurofunctional Pain Management can offer effective solutions to help you find relief and improve your quality of life. Reach out to Neuragenex today, and we’ll be honored to assist you on your journey to a pain-free life.