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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/11/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I asked this question over on the Migraine forum and someone suggested it could be allergies.  I'm hoping someone here can help.
I am taking Topomax at night and it has seemed to really keep my migraines under control.  I only have one every once in a while.  But I don't know what to do about air fresheners.  I can only use Lysol in my home and Vanilla Candles.  Anything else sends me into a dizzy spell that leads to a migraine.  The same thing happens around dried flowers, orange peel, orange scented cleaning solution and real Christmas trees.  Not to mention blooming flowers.  Am I doomed?  The reason I am seeking help here is, I have learned what cleaners and air fresheners to use at home.  But the interior decorator for work came in today and left a large arrangement of dried flowers and another large bowl of dried orange slices.  I don't know if I should mention it to my manager or not.  She knows about my condition and has actually changed her perfume, but is this that major?  I have felt dizzy since it was delivered, but is it really affecting me or is it in my head?  Thanks in advance.

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 12/12/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
It is not your imagination.  Sensitivity to these types of things is real.  I'd suggest consulting an allergist and get tested for inhalant allergies to trees and such, and food allergies especially to citrus.  It is also possible you are reacting to some chemical in these cleaning and air freshener products, and the allergist may be helpful in figuring out what the common link is with all of these.  Also, some find acupuncture and naturopathic treatments helpful for reducing reactivity when allergists don't find or offer help.  Have you tried an antihistamine such as Claratin or Zyrtec?  Good luck,
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   Posted 12/13/2008 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, by all means mention this to your employer. It is your employers responsibility to make sure the working environment is safe for everyone and that includes people that suffer from sensatory migraines. And never ever think that these things are in your head! You have a real condition and never second guess yourself - this is one of my own hard lessons of life :)
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