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Correlation between allergies and chronic pain?

Jul 07, 2015 4:33 PM

As you might now I suffer from chronic pain (some doctors call it fibromyalgia, but who really knows for sure what it is...?). I was "blessed" with many allergies too. I am allergic to a lot of fruits and vegetables and I am also lactose intolerant. My doctor once told me that people who are sensitive or whose body overreacts (allergy) are more likely to suffer from chronic pain.

I am wondering what the statistics are in our community. Who has allergies and who doesn't?

Kind regards,
Daniel

Jul 07, 2015 5:10 PM

I have food intolerances, chemical sensitivities, and some sort of environmental allergies that have me breaking out in hives at work ever since 'clean up day'. Im guessing they stirred something up when cleaning things out.
However with that being said I never had environmental allergies before, I never noticed any sensitivities to anything before. This all started with hurting my shoulder, then headaches a few years later then it just spiraled out of control and now everything seems to bother me. I don't think I had allergies before I got whatever the hell I have (also diagnosed with fibro) but I will say that cutting out the stuff I'm intolerant/allergic to has helped reduce my pain levels.

Jul 07, 2015 6:09 PM

Daniel,
have you heard of Tolike Receptor 4 (sorry if I spelled it wrong) or TLR4?
I guess there's recent (as in they're still not sure what it does) research because it may be whysome people get a more serious inflammation response from allergies.
I have to wonder if there is a connection between allergies, analytical thinking, and chronic pain.
I can't prove it, but most people with chronic pain seen to have some allergies.
There are also a few gene mutations that tend to make certain vitamins, most metals, and scents/chemical/artificial sweeteners very toxic.
My dad, sis, and I all get rashes from "hypoallergenic, fragrance free" and normal laundry detergents.
I've had some rashes that lasted 3 weeks.

Jul 07, 2015 6:26 PM

I haven't heard of TLR4. I need to check that out. But there was/is no sign of inflammation in my body.

Your post reminded me of something else: I suffered from borreliosis (lyme disease) at some point in time. Some say this can cause allergies and it can cause pain... I no longer have the borreliosis. Actually I don't know at what point in time I got it. They have found the corresponding antibodies in my blood which means I had it at some point in time. Maybe it all started because of the borreliosis. I have the allergies since I can remember (kindergarten) my pain started at the age of 25. Well, this has been something which I was wondering about. But no doctor can tell me for sure if there is any connection between those things.

Jul 07, 2015 10:06 PM

Daniel, I began developing allergies after my first child was born, to makeup. Then it moved to perfumes and cleaning chemicals, then medications, animals, plants. My medication allergy list is so long I have to this it with me and wear an allergy alert bracelet. I developed asthma in 2001 and have been on meds for asthma and alongside since.

During the two years I was starting with fibro and complained of pelvic pain and all over ill feeling, my body had inflammation levels off the chain. It took two years and me to have bleeding (hysterectomy 7 years previous) before a large mass was found. It took 5 in 1 surgeries to clean out the mess from the mass. My inflammation levels dropped to almost normal immediately but allergies to my surroundings affect them. There have been delayed problems from all that surgery along with umpteen new diagnosed (hypothyroidism & sjogrens just 2) issues, and I do believe inflammation was at the root of it all. 🙏🌼

Jul 07, 2015 10:35 PM

I am allergic to soooo many things. Foods and certain soaps and lotions. Hard water too...

Sep 11, 2015 5:45 PM

I had food in tolerances but I had them treated and now only feel symptoms of the intolerance if I eat the food in bulk

Sep 11, 2015 5:46 PM

Also, I'd like to say that it is nice to have interaction with you in the community Daniel :)

Sep 11, 2015 6:19 PM

I to suffer from environmental allergies and am also lactose intolerant. Since I am such a picky eater food allergies do not seem to be a problem. However I have been noticing a connection with mosquito bites and a sharp increase in my pain levels. When I get a bite I have a quarter or larger size reaction. Also I know that people with red hair are more sensitive to pain and require more medication to control their pain. I have observed it first hand being from the medical community. Just thought I would share.

Sep 11, 2015 11:25 PM

Daniel, I have many food intolerances (gluten dairy soy sugar fake sugars to start). I have found my immune response to eating them causes inflammation that increases my pain. Transversly, researching and implementing anti inflammatory food has done well in reducing pain. Red potatoes, bananas, almonds, blueberries, spinach and other greens are a great start. Fixing my diet also helped my energy levels too.

Sep 11, 2015 11:53 PM

Side note: when I am eating foods that cause inflammation, I am more sensitive to outdoor allergies and have runny nose, itchy roof of the mouth, inner ears also.

Sep 12, 2015 11:16 AM

I have so many issues with allergies. My worst ones are cats and dust mites. I get severe headaches from laundry detergent, shampoo, lotion, and perfume. People in my classes don't understand these sensitivities. If I stay farther away, my skin will only be crawling with rashes and I'll be nauseous from the scents. If you have cats, I will be unable to breathe through my nose,and I'll sneeze like most people haven't heard in their life lol. Even had teachers yell at me to stop disrupting class, when a student sitting next to me had cats. That seriously sucked. For me, allergies are a trigger of pain.

Sep 13, 2015 3:18 PM

I have multiple medication allergies, environmental as well as food allergies, as well as sensitivity to the scents of certain perfumes. For me, sensitivity to perfumes will lead directly to a migraine in about 10 minutes after exposure so for me, that is a yes.

Jul 21, 2016 10:05 AM

Thanks a lot for all your replies. Very interesting... I think at some point we should do a scientific study to prove (or disprove) a correlation between allergies and pain

Jul 21, 2016 10:26 AM

Good morning, where I'm at, I had my first allergy to food when I was 22 years old and I'm now 43 and my first allergy was and is still shellfish I can die from eating shellfish plus I have migraines which I'm having one at this moment ooooh and neuropathy with spondylosis to boot uh we're talking major issues with pain and it's not pretty and things are getting ugly here, luckily I just took my meds so things should ease up! Hope all goes well and I wish you some of your pain would ease up!!!

Jul 21, 2016 12:23 PM

My only allergies are drug allergies (and I work in Pharmacy😊). My children also have drug allergies & one of them is off to the pain clinic next week & will likely have a fibromyalgia diagnosis.

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