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Old 07-03-2012, 02:36 PM   #1
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could allergies be cauing chronic problems?

Hi everyone, I am 28 years old and I have a lot of health problems including fibromyalgia due to a 1999 spinal fusion, chronic fatigue, brain fog, migrains, TMJ, anxiety and a deviated septum. I have tried many different treatments for these problems but nothing seems to totally work. When I read an article about how allergies can affect your entire body I got thinking maybe allergies are causing some of my problems, A while back I saw an ENT specialist and she said she could tell that I have allergies but I never thought much about it because my eyes don't water and I don't sneeze a lot and that's what I thought allergies were not brain fog and fatigue. Today I tried taking Claratin D to see if I got any relief and it seems to help my nose congestion and fatigue a little but it makes me feel jittery. Is there a different medacine OTC I could try that would not make me feel so jittery? Or is there a presciption I could ask my doctor to try?
I was also wondering how allergy testing works? IS there a treatment that can be done only after you know what your allergic to or would it be the same treatment if you don't know exactly what you're allergic to? Right now I have been seeing a chiropractor which some people say can help with allergies but so far no relief for that. I am willing to try any natural remedies for allergies as well. I would love any information you might have, even small advice would help. Thanks!

 
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Re: could allergies be cauing chronic problems?

"I have a lot of health problems including fibromyalgia..." Yes, some of us are just lucky that way. Allergies can certainly cause many problems, but they don't cause fibro and they don't always cause sneezing, watery eyes, etc.

An allergy is an immune system reaction to something the body sees as foreign. This is different from sensitivities, and there is much info on the internet about the difference in allergies and sensitivities that you can easily research. Allergy tests can be useful, but they don't necessarily show sensitivities, and they are by no means a complete evalutation. However, in many cases they can help you zero in on a problem area.

The treatment for allergies is generally avoidance of the irritant, not meds to acccommodate the irritants unless they are unavoidable (like OTC meds for pollen). True allergies are dangerous to the body, thus the immune system response. I've never heard of chiropractic being useful for allergies.

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Re: could allergies be cauing chronic problems?

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Hi everyone, I am 28 years old and I have a lot of health problems including fibromyalgia due to a 1999 spinal fusion, chronic fatigue, brain fog, migrains, TMJ, anxiety and a deviated septum. I have tried many different treatments for these problems but nothing seems to totally work. When I read an article about how allergies can affect your entire body I got thinking maybe allergies are causing some of my problems, A while back I saw an ENT specialist and she said she could tell that I have allergies but I never thought much about it because my eyes don't water and I don't sneeze a lot and that's what I thought allergies were not brain fog and fatigue. Today I tried taking Claratin D to see if I got any relief and it seems to help my nose congestion and fatigue a little but it makes me feel jittery. Is there a different medacine OTC I could try that would not make me feel so jittery? Or is there a presciption I could ask my doctor to try?
I was also wondering how allergy testing works? IS there a treatment that can be done only after you know what your allergic to or would it be the same treatment if you don't know exactly what you're allergic to? Right now I have been seeing a chiropractor which some people say can help with allergies but so far no relief for that. I am willing to try any natural remedies for allergies as well. I would love any information you might have, even small advice would help. Thanks!
Try taking the regular Claritin (without the D) if it's making you jittery. It's probably the decongestant. Allergy testing lets you know what you should avoid but you would still need to take medicine if your allergies are not avoidable.

 
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Re: could allergies be cauing chronic problems?

Thank you for the replys. Do you think regular Claratin would work since my only really allergy symptom is sinus congestion and not watery eyes or itching? I am also wondering if my diviade symptom is causing my chonic stuffy nose, it's so hard to know. I just know for sure the EMT said she could tell I have allergies. I also noticed that I did a one day juice clense and I felt really good the day after so maybe it's even some kind food allergy. Has anyone ever tried a netti pot? Thanks again for your help!

 
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Re: could allergies be cauing chronic problems?

I don't know about the stuffy nose. Any kind of saline flush can be very useful for anyone/everyone, but especially if you have nasal issues. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and does not require meds.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:17 AM   #6
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Re: could allergies be cauing chronic problems?

Thank you for your reply. I am going to try the saline spary. I would like to try somthing more natural last night I was having a weird tinngling in my head that has never happened before, it might have been from the claratin. I am just looking into everything to figure out why I feel so terrible all the time. Thanks again for your help!

 
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Re: could allergies be cauing chronic problems?

Ye it certainly can, i have chronic nasal inflammation from allergies yet many of the typical measures havent work such as avoidance, anti histamines, sinus wash, therefore my doctor is going to start desensitizing me soon for severe all year round allergies. You should see an allergist and get a skin/blood allergy test and then start the appropriate treatment if it is allergies is the cause of your problems.

 
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