Anyone have allergy issues, also?

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luvskermit
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   Posted 4/7/2010 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all. I had an appt yesterday with my allergist.  I had testing done 9 months ago, started on allergy shots 7 months ago, and find that things really aren't getting better. If anything, the tiredness, aches and congestion have worsened. The allergist, of course, attributes that to the allergies or what she calls my body's fight against the allergy load.  So, now we are on to food allergy testing.  I know that I have a problem with dairy, and try to avoid it whenever possible.
 
We discussed my possibility of having fibro and she insists that a lot of people being treated for fibro may really have or also have a gluten allergy, which causes all kind of destruction in their bodies and has much of the same symptoms.
 
Wondered if any of you have gone gluten free, just in case I need to go that route? Did it alleviate any of your fibro symptoms?  
 
Thanks in advance!

Marlee2
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   Posted 4/7/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Luv, I went through all the testing and shots years ago and so did my oldest son and it didn't help one bit. I take zyrtec everyday and that doesn't help much either, I'm allergic to everything green so spring and summer are the worst. I have no house plants.
 
I had to go gluten free at the end of July last year due to celiac and it has made a big difference in my intestines but it hasn't helped the fibro any so there is no connection there for me.
 
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pennstate71
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Luv,

My Fibro sprung up after my last surgery last year ( I already was dealing with Chronic pain from Interstitial Cystitis so I felt like it just spread everywhere). I had terrible allergies when I lived in a farm town, but since moving back home in 2006 I've had zero allergy problems. Starting the beginning of February out of nowhere I started having terrible allergy problems again - it seemed to coincide with my worst Fibro pain. My biggest problems are Nasal swelling and pain/bleeding and horrible headaches. My doc. put me on Nasonex to get directly to the swollen membranes and it's really helped. Initially she gave me a big steroid injection to head it off...but it just seems like its one more place of inflammation - weird.

I have been told to try gluten free but my diet is so restricted to begin with its hard to find things around here I can stick too long enough to see if it makes a difference. good luck!

lostnomad
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I have suffered with allergies all my life. A TON of them! I went through years of shots, 3 times a week, 2 shots per arm. I finally stopped taking them. However, my doc says that the shots are not designed to "make things better" in the here and now. They are designed to build your immunities, gradually, for the future. I was told it could take years before any noticeable difference was seen. Honestly, my allergies are still there but they are at a "tolerable" level for some. Others, not so much! My doctor is trying to urge me back to allergy shots believing it may help reduce other symptoms (Fibro). I'm not so sure!

Interestingly though, the new pain doc suggested an "anti-inflammatory" diet that mirrors a gluten free diet. Hmmmm!

luvskermit
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I questioned my doctor about my nasal congestion not getting better, and how I saw recently something that linked it as a symptom of fibro, because if the shots aren't going to help with that (that is my main and most frustrating allergy symptom - so bad it makes me dizzy at times) I don't want to go thru the time and expense. I was told when I started the shots that I should notice some progress in my symptoms by the 6 month mark, if only that I could now reduce the amount of allergy meds I am taking. So far, NOTHING. I am on allegra 180 mg every day, and once again have to go on a nasal spray (yay, spring) because I can't stand feeling like this.

Of course, I also wonder if the dizziness isn't actually from the allergies and rhinitis, but from the fibro. The dizziness seems to flare when I have the most pressure around my eyes, which is why I connect the two.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to handle/alleviate the dizziness, I would GREATLY appreciate it!! :)
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