Fibromyalgia Specialist

Craig Ranch Chiropractic

Chiropractor located in McKinney, TX

Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain disorder affecting about 10 million Americans. If you’re experiencing prevalent fibromyalgia symptoms like fatigue, tenderness, or trouble sleeping, schedule an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Troy Allam to find out more about the ailment and learn about the range of effective treatment options available at the Craig Ranch Chiropractic offices in McKinney, Texas.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that affects your muscles, ligaments, and tendons, causing pain and tenderness, sometimes widespread throughout your body. Besides the physical problems, fibromyalgia can negatively affect your mental health and your social life.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia symptoms typically manifest in different ways and range in severity from case to case. Besides pain and tenderness in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, other commonly reported symptoms are:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep apnea
  • Waking up from sleep still tired
  • Cognitive issues like memory problems
  • Stiffness

Other slightly less common symptoms that you may experience with fibromyalgia include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the pelvic region
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)

Stress can make your symptoms worse. If you’re experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia, make an appointment to see Dr. Allam through the online scheduling tool.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Experts don’t know the main causes of fibromyalgia, but many in the research community agree that it is a central processing disorder. Fibromyalgia patients most likely experience pain due to issues that arise in the central nervous system. Irregularities in that part of the body can affect your sensory processing. Genetics may also play a role in how likely you are to contract it.

An illness or injury that results in trauma to the body can speed up and amplify the progression of fibromyalgia

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Fibromyalgia can be difficult to accurately diagnose. In order to do so, Dr. Allam examines your medical history, reviews your reported symptoms, and performs a thorough physical examination. He also does an examination of 18 tender points of pain throughout your body above and below the waist to determine if your pain is widespread. Fibromyalgia patients are often people who have tested negative for other illnesses, since symptoms can overlap with many other conditions.

How does treatment work?

Besides prescribing medications for your pain, Dr. Allam performs spinal adjustments and manipulations that target the sources of your pain. Since fibromyalgia can involve widespread pain or acute concentrated pain, depending on your condition and response to treatment, Dr. Allam may combine one or more therapies in your treatment plan.

Often with fibromyalgia patients, treatment includes soft tissue and massage therapy techniques, including traditional massage therapy, trigger point therapy, somatic therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, acupressure point therapy, and rolfing.