Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hello spring - now please pass the tissue

I have been very congested these past few days. I didn't think much of it as I have discovered that these symptoms rotate in a similar pattern to my pain. I started my Oil of Oregano drops and, when that didn't work, I escalated to a saline rinse for my sinuses. That certainly helped, but then this morning I awoke feeling like I had been hit by a truck. I had all the flu-like symptoms you could imagine:
  • dizziness
  • congestion
  • widespread body aches
  • severe chills (my temperature was 93 degrees and I had to put my winter jacket on)

It was like my regular ME-CFS/chronic pain symptoms x 10!

I am limited to what medications I can take for colds and flu because of my pain medications. I decided to take an anti-histamine in hopes that it would at least help with the congestion.   Within about 45 minutes, the chills diminished to where I no longer needed my jacket, my head cleared, and I actually felt reasonably human. This was obviously an allergic reaction.

Chronic illness and allergies

I decided to do some investigating to see if there was some correlation between allergies and chronic illness. It turns out that it is very common to see allergies in people with ME-CFS and Fibromyalgia - joyous. I must say, I am not entirely surprised given the role of the immune system in many chronic conditions. I also don't dare complain (too much). I'm thrilled that I could actually get relief from any over-the-counter medication! It makes me feel a bit more "normal" somehow.

Always ask your pharmacist first!

I am very aware of the amount of prescription pain medication I take every day. The last thing I want is to have a nasty drug interaction with something I buy off the shelf at the grocery store. Before I buy any type of medication, I run it by my pharmacist first. They have a record of everything I take and they usually know how these various drugs can interact. However, when in doubt, double-check with your doctor. When it comes to medications, I don't believe there is such a thing as being "too careful".

Remember - this is your body! 

You have every right to ask questions. Keep asking until you feel comfortable using whatever medication you have purchased.  As the old saying goes - better safe than sorry.

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Do you suffer from allergies? Did you have them before you became sick? Have they become worse since you developed ME-CFS/Fibromyalgia? How do you get relief?

Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14

NOTE: This is blog is never meant to diagnose or recommend treatment options. Always check with your doctor before taking any medication or beginning any new treatment plan.

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