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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:02 am 
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As I mentioned in another thread, I received an allergy test a few days ago. Since that time, my ghost pains have flared. I googled for fibromyalgia and allergies, and found that some people believe there is a connection. Considering that the medical community barely recognizes fibro as a real condition, much less know what causes it, I am not surprised that there is no final word on a connection between fibro and allergies.

I would like to have more perspective on the suspected fibro - allergy connection. Does anyone have any useful advice on dealing with these two?

I believe I was first diagnosed with allergies when I was about 5 years old, as a child in Hawaii. The doctors gave me lots of strong medicines, which might explain a lot about me. Everywhere I have lived, I have suffered from allergies.

I first began to notice unusual tenderness in my feet, legs and hip when I was about 16 years old, living in New Mexico. During my brief career in the U.S. Navy, the pain became worse, sometimes crippling. Over the next decade, I gradually became free from pain. A few years ago, the pain began to return, and I suffered from chronic tendinitis in my hands and feet, which I still combat.


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RichAlex, I too am a sufferer of fibromyalgia. Have had the ailment for the past 17 yrs but the odd thing is......In 2000 I almost died at the hospital, during day surgery prep, when administered IV of ampicillin and went anaphylactic and in 2002 my fibro became so severe I could no longer function normally and by summer I was removed from work. . Over the next few months the severe fibro pain started to settle down but then came a very bad case of psoriasis which I had never had before. Within 8 months of the start of my psoriasis came shellfish/crustacean reaction.

So, is there a relationship between fibromyalgia and allergies? I wonder myself. It is a known fact that biting insects are attracted to those with fibro for some reason. We emit something they like. There could be 7 people on the deck and the only one troubled by them is "me". For a while everyone thought I was imagining them until they actually saw them buzzing around me.

It could be our bodies are so racked with pain that we are more sensitive? Our natural resistence down? By pain I mean the fibro pain plus chronic myofacial pain syndrome. The double whammy leaves pretty much the entire body in pain 24/7 with different degrees of strength of pain.

I have been trying to figure this out for some time now. One specialist who saw me for my fribromyalgia was not surprised when he saw my psoriasis and heard about my severe allergies. I was in too much pain that day to think to ask him why he was not surprised. Now I wish I had asked.

I would be interested to know how many on this forum have both severe allergies and diagnosed fibromyalgia.

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Adult on-set anaphylaxis - penicillin, shellfish, crustaceans


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