More sensitive to allergens with fibro?

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Kythe
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   Posted 8/28/2008 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok maybe I should be posting this on the allergy board, but I wanted to get a fibromite's perspective on this. Do any of you find that you're a lot more sensitive to allergens and/or irritants with the fibro than you were before you had it? I've known for a long time that I was a lot more sensitive to chemical fumes and even natural odors. But now I'm starting to think that I'm becoming more sensitive to another allergy I have, spider bites.

Two nights ago I felt something bite me, probably a spider. It was a pinching, burning pain that went away after a couple of minutes. Then like it always happens several hours later, mid-morning yesterday, I started getting an itchy red rash where the bite was. I put some topical lidocane on it that I had left over from another occasion. Unfortunately the stuff had expired this past February so it didn't numb the area completely but it still helped a bit. I also put ice on the area occasionally.

This morning I woke up at 6am, much earlier than I'm normally up, with my arm itching so badly that I wanted to scrape my skin off with sandpaper. Now the rash still isn't that big and in the past it would have to be a lot worse to be itching this badly. Anyway, I put more of the lidocane on it and iced the area. I also took some benedryl, which I hate doing cause it makes me so sleepy. The benedryl hasn't helped with this sort of thing in the past but I figured it couldn't hurt to try. I'm probably going to have to call the doctor later to get a prescription for topical steroids. Just hope she'll call it into the pharmacy without making me come in to look at it.
~Kythe
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Sherrine
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   Posted 8/28/2008 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
One of the symptoms on the List of Fibromyalgia Symptoms on the Fibro 101 thread says that neurogenic inflammation is a problem.  That means rashes and you may have severe itching.  So maybe thaht's what's happening to you.
 
Go to Fibro 101 and print out the list of symptoms.  I have.  Then you can refer to it when strange things happen.  Hope this helps.
 
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Kythe
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   Posted 8/28/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm I have read through that a couple of times, but I guess I didn't remember seeing symptom. Will go through it again. Anyway I did end up going to the doctor today and getting a prescription for the topical steroids. The doctor said that it probably is a spider bite, but there's also a chance it could be a tick bite so I have to get tested for lyme in a couple of weeks. I highly doubt it's a tick bite though, my house is full of spiders so spider bite makes more sense. Just glad I have my medicine and hopefully the insane itching will stop soon.
~Kythe
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AustenFan
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   Posted 8/29/2008 5:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I've found over the past few years that I've become hyper-sensitve to lots of things: bug bites, allergens, fabrics, medications, lights, sounds, scents..... well, you get the picture. 
We joke at my house that I need to be encased in a plastic bubble. 
 
My Rheumatologist told me that he sees lots of patients with sensitivities, especially  skin related.
 
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of  heart." - Jane Austen
 
 
 
 
 
 

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