Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia
Many patients with allergies complain of chronic fatigue. Perhaps they are given a formal diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, meaning unexplained fatigue for more than six months. Other patients with chronic aching can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Sometimes hidden allergies can aggravate fatigue and aches. Delayed reactions to foods or mold 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?
- Have you had a history of known allergy earlier in life?
- Does the fatigue and aching worsen seasonally, during any particular time of the year?
- Does the fatigue and aching worsen or change when eating certain foods?
- 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/or home and go to another location?
- Do you have other symptoms suggestive of allergy, such as sinus problems or intestinal problems?
If you answered yes to the majority of the questions listed above, then your fatigue or aching may have an allergy component.
Specific skin and blood testing can be done to investigate this possibility. If hidden allergens are found and treated with sublingual immunotherapy and avoidance of offending inhalants, foods, or chemicals, many patients can experience gratifying results.
Did you know?
One of the earliest pioneers in investigating the role of hidden allergy and myalgia (muscle pain) 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.