Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia
Many patients with allergies complain of chronic fatigue and pain. They may have been given a formal diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, meaning unexplained fatigue for more than six months. Other patients with chronic pain can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Hidden allergies can aggravate fatigue and fibromyalgia. Delayed reactions to food or mold allergies can aggravate fatigue and pain in certain people. Since the reactions to allergens are usually delayed and can take hours to develop, often the source of allergy is “hidden” to the patient.
Could fatigue and pain be related to your allergies? Here are some hints:
- Were you diagnosed with an allergy earlier in life?
- Does the fatigue and pain worsen seasonally or during any particular time of the year?
- Does the fatigue and pain worsen or change with certain foods that you eat?
- Have you experienced fatigue or pain several hours after eating?
- Does the fatigue and pain worsen with certain chemical exposures, such as perfumes, disinfectants, or cigarette smoke?
- Does the fatigue and pain improve with a change in environment, such as when you leave work and home and go to another location?
- Do you have other allergy-related symptoms, such as sinus problems, or intestinal problems?
If you answered yes to a majority of these questions, then your fatigue or pain may be allergy related.
Specific skin and blood tests can be done to investigate this possibility. If hidden allergens are found and treated with sublingual immunotherapy and by avoiding offending inhalants or foods, many patients report improved health.