Weather sensitivity/environmental sensitivity? Anyone get this?

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GabrielleM
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   Posted 4/14/2018 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
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!

Lapis_29
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   Posted 4/14/2018 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
have you had your thyroid checked?

Lapis_29
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   Posted 4/14/2018 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
also sinc eyou mention ginger and Quercetin, those are both anti inflammatory. so this sounds like an inflammatory response to something. Here is my anti inflammatory protocol, maybe something here might help

/www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=3976619

note: Quercetin MUST be mixed with fat, as its active properties are lipid soluble. If you take Q caps with tea / water only it is useless

GabrielleM
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   Posted 4/15/2018 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much, Lapis! Your protocol is interesting. Why the hot sauce, can I ask? And what kind of quercetin powder do you use? Thanks for the tip in terms of fat.

Have had thyroid checked. It was one of the things I was suspecting before my Lyme diagnosis. The first couple of times we checked it, it was within the normal range but creeping higher (and out of range according to alternative docs). More recent tests, though, have shown it right in the sweet spot of a healthy range. Curious to know why you'd think about thyroid in terms of environmental sensitivities? Is that a known issue?

Lapis_29
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   Posted 4/15/2018 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
GabrielleM said...
Thanks so much, Lapis! Your protocol is interesting. Why the hot sauce, can I ask? And what kind of quercetin powder do you use? Thanks for the tip in terms of fat.

Have had thyroid checked. It was one of the things I was suspecting before my Lyme diagnosis. The first couple of times we checked it, it was within the normal range but creeping higher (and out of range according to alternative docs). More recent tests, though, have shown it right in the sweet spot of a healthy range. Curious to know why you'd think about thyroid in terms of environmental sensitivities? Is that a known issue?


cayenne pepper (hot suace) has Anti-Inflammatory properties

also google 'Anti-Inflammatory Diet' for more help

if you google 'heat intolerance' thyroid issues come up frequently

/www.diagnose-me.com/what-causes/heat-intolerance.php

GabrielleM
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   Posted 4/15/2018 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! See, this is what's weird though—it's not a heat intolerance per se. I take trips to New Orleans in May/June, where I'm fine. Also fine in other cities. Fine in a hot shower, fine in an infared sauna. So it's not so much about the heat as that the heat is activating some pollution in the muggy NYC air. That's my Lyme doc's educated guess, though. Was just curious if anyone had dealt with anything like it

Lapis_29
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   Posted 4/15/2018 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
GabrielleM said...
Thanks! See, this is what's weird though—it's not a heat intolerance per se. I take trips to New Orleans in May/June, where I'm fine. Also fine in other cities. Fine in a hot shower, fine in an infared sauna. So it's not so much about the heat as that the heat is activating some pollution in the muggy NYC air. That's my Lyme doc's educated guess, though. Was just curious if anyone had dealt with anything like it


so thats just weird

you do fine in new orleans when its hot? but not in NY city when its hot?

Lapis_29
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Sean.scott787
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   Posted 4/16/2018 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel very fatigued and miserable when it gets warm out. I live in New England. I'm also wondering why. I'm dreading the summer.
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