The Dude Abides said...
I've had chemical sensitivities for a little over 30 years. Things like perfumes/colognes, scented candles, air "fresheners," diesel exhaust, clothes dryer exhaust, cigarette/cigar smoke, hand sanitizers, and on and on. So, I can empathize with everyone.
The only thing I've been able to manage is staying-away from all that stuff, to the best of my abilities. We were in a restaurant, recently, and I passed an older lady who was wearing perfume. Just that brief, passing exposure made me feel nauseous. I've also been driving in city traffic with my car window down and some person in front of me was smoking and blowing cigarette smoke out the window and I could smell it and had to roll-up my window. It's awful.
A big dose of any offending smell will often trigger a migraine, in addition to nausea.
Chemical sensitivities is one of many things that people have claimed to either improve or overcome with the Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) program.
I've never purchased or tried the program, though.
Sounds like me. My sense of smell is that strong, too.
I've read info before on MCS and it isn't too encouraging. There's no medical consensus on the cause or, more likely, causes. Some think it's all psychological (my behind) or incurable. I believe it could become incurable depending on the cause and mechanism of action or injury to the body. In my case, I don't think it's incurable and pray it doesn't get to that point.
There have been a couple times since my full blown Lyme/co symptoms started in 2015 where mine receded to my pre-2015 state. The first time was in April 2016 after being on an elimination diet for a number of weeks (as much as I could stand). The diet didn't seem to have any real effect on my gut or other symptoms other than reducing some general inflammation. The improvement in chemical sensitivities that occurred then didn't last but a few weeks, if I remember, but the change was dramatic. I cannot say the diet brought that change about
, though, as there were too many other variables at play.
The second time was April 2017. I had just stopped working (reduced stress and EMF), had mostly recovered from a 2 month herx following 7 days of minocycline, and it was prior to my beginning of self-treatment with Buhner's. It didn't last nearly as long that time. Now that I think about
it, it was around that time that my diet really went south and also when I started leaving the house everyday going places (more mold/chemical exposures).
This may sound strange, but I feel like hormone issues are playing into my symptoms as well. All of my symptoms, not just the chemical sensitivities. I also feel like Bartonella is a strong player in mine and has been lifelong. I'm sure there may be genetic detox stuff squashing me, too. I can't think of any other family members who have these kinds of chemical sensitivities, though. Not the disabling kind. I guess it all has to do with gene activation not gene existence.