Hey everyone! Some of you may remember that I posted over the summer when I got my Lyme diagnosis. The community was wonderfully supportive. I'm doing better now, though still dealing with mild flu-like symptoms every 13 days that we have yet to get to the bottom of. It's a journey—I'm making some big lifestyle changes that I think should help. But! The reason I'm posting today is just because I experience some weird symptoms in the spring and summer, and I'd love to know if anyone else goes through this and if they've found anything to help.
Basically, as soon as it goes over 70 degrees in NYC, especially if it's sudden, my immune system seems to go crazy when I go outside—I start to feel a little woozy, fatigued, and kind of in pain all over. It's very hard to describe. It's like my skin hurts, or the area just above my skin. I'll often get headaches, a mild sore throat at the back of the throat, and red eyes. My functional medicine practitioner suspects environmental allergies, and even my Lyme doc at NYU (who I have only seen a few times, as he was unhelpful in terms of strategy although wonderful at talking/listening) suspected the same thing. I haven't found anything that works to actually help it though, aside from trying to avoid it, which is hard to do 100% in NYC. (This is a not insignificant part of why I am moving back to the PNW in a few months. Need my fresh air!) It gets better once I get into an air-conditioned space, even on the subway.
Notably, conventional allergy tests show no allergies for me, except for cats and dogs. So it's not normal hayfever. Also, it doesn't happen in other cities, in infared saunas, or in a hot shower—so it's no heat per se. And it's much worse in very polluted parts of the city. Unfortunately, I work right near Times Sq, and so the summer feels miserable to me. Antihistamines don't really seem to have much effect, which was the Lyme doc's idea. The only thing I've found is that ginger helps (this herb is my saviour), and I'm thinking about re-starting Quercetin, which I think used to help when I took it years ago for what I thought was hayfever and I now think may have been these environmental allergies starting.
So—anyone dealt with anything like this?? Any strategies to try?? If anyone has had luck with Quercetin, would love specific product recommendations.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far, everyone!