Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia
Many patients with allergies complain of chronic fatigue and aching. They may have been given a formal diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, meaning unexplained fatigue for longer than six months duration. Other patients with chronic aching can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Did you know?
One of the earliest pioneers in investigating the role of hidden allergy and myalgia was Dr. Theron G. Randolph. In 1949 he published “Allergy as a cause of nuchal myalgia and associated headache” in the Archives of Otolaryngology 50(6):745-758, 1949.
Dr. Randolph published numerous papers, many of which described the relationship between hidden food and chemical exposures and chronic fatigue and aching in patients.
Hidden allergies can aggravate fatigue and aching. Delayed reactions to food or mold allergies can aggravate fatigue and aching in susceptible patients. Since the reactions to allergens are usually delayed and can take many hours to develop, often the source of allergy is “hidden” to the patient.
Could fatigue and aching be related to your allergies? Here are some hints:
- Were you diagnosed with an allergy earlier in life?
- Does the fatigue and aching worsen seasonally or during any particular time of the year?
- Does the fatigue and aching worsen or change with certain foods that you eat?
- Have you experienced fatigue or aching several hours after eating?
- Does the fatigue and aching worsen with certain chemical exposures, such as perfumes, disinfectants, or cigarette smoke?
- Does the fatigue and aching 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 fatigue or aching 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, foods, or chemicals, many patients report improved results.