Posted by Julie Anne
on September 16, 2000 at 02:59:44:
In Reply to: Re: LYMPH NODES AND ALLERGIES posted by julie on August 13, 2000 at 12:03:04:
: : DOES ANYONE HAVE CHRONIC ALLERGIES THAT AFFECT THEIR LYMPH NODES, IE. SWELLING AND ACHING.??? I HAVE TWO BEAUTIFUL DOGS I AM ALLERGIC TO AND I AM WONDERING IF MY LYMPH NODES MAY SWELL AND ACHE DUE TO THE CONTINUOUS EFFECT OF ALLERGIES IN MY BODY. CAN ANYONE HELP ME ON THIS ONE.
: I have chronic allergies and also lymph nodes that are always swollen. I have been to the doctor many times to have them checked out and have had blood tests done, all of them normal. Apparently some people's lymph nodes react to allergies because part of their function is helping to drain the sinus and nasal cavities.
It sounds like both of you may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I experienced swollen, painful lymph nodes for three years while I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I was treated by Dr. Goldstein in Orange, CA, and am now in remission from CFS. I do however, still suffer many allergies acquired from when I was sick. To clear up my final lingering symptoms of CFS, I stopped consuming all milk products (a known allergy/intolerance of mine) and my lymph nodes haven't been swollen or sore for 2 years, except when I get the occaional flu - and then, the swelling is minor compared to the way it was when I was sick. I'm not sure whether allergy plays a role in CFS or not, but I do know that while I was sick, I acquired many new allergies that have not gone away. Your lymph node problem may or may not be allergy related, but, its sounds worth checking out Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Be careful which doctors you see about it, though. Many of them do not believe CFS even exists and can be very rude to you. When I see doctors now, I never tell them my CFS history even though it may be relevant because it will prejudice them against even wanting to treat me.