Fibromyalgia & Allergic Rhinitis

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Sinus problems are more common among people with fibromyalgia. But sinus problems can have many causes. Nasal allergies are one of the biggest causes of sinus issues. These symptoms are often part of allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever.

There’s no question that allergic rhinitis can make you feel generally miserable. If you also have fibromyalgia, you’re probably dealing with discomforts associated with that as well. Are they completely separate conditions that have nothing to do with each other? Maybe not. Here’s what you need to know about the possible link between allergic rhinitis and fibromyalgia.

What is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is the more common name for what most people just call “allergies.” Another name for the condition is hay fever. When you come into contact with something you’re allergic to, your body has an immune reaction. Common causes of these allergies include the following:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Dust
  • Food, on occasion

Allergies to pollen, in particular, are called hay fever. Pollen is produced by plants, including trees, grasses, and trees. These allergies are often seasonal based on when plants shed tiny particles. These tiny particles called pollen are spread through the air by wind. Hot, dry, and windy days are most likely to cause allergic symptoms. Rainy and cool days do not allow pollen to spread as easily.

What are the Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis involves the body’s attempt to fight off a substance it considers an invader. The symptoms of the body’s defense against allergens include the following discomforts:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sinus pain or pressure

Most people with allergic rhinitis feel generally unwell and run down. The symptoms are similar to a cold, although fevers and coughs are not common.

How is Fibromyalgia Related to Allergic Rhinitis?

Though there isn’t much science to prove a direct link between fibromyalgia and allergic rhinitis, many people suffer from both conditions. And it’s very likely that there is some type of connection between the two because they both seem like types of the body’s defense mechanisms. One theory is that fibromyalgia includes changes to the nerves that produce more extreme reactions to otherwise normal sensations. The nerves may “misfire” and overreact to allergens or pain.

It is also possible that fibromyalgia causes muscle tightness, putting more pressure on the entire body, including the nasal passages. This pressure from tight muscles could possibly cause sinus pain. Many people with fibro unconsciously hold their bodies in such a way as to brace themselves against pain. But these tense postures can cause pain in other parts of the body. The whole body is more connected than many people realize.

How to Manage the Overlapping Symptoms

Even if fibromyalgia and allergic rhinitis have separate causes, many people suffer from both. Just one of the conditions can be uncomfortable and unpleasant on their own. But dealing with both at the same time can intensify your misery. However, you can take some concrete actions to try to get some relief. Try these tips for managing your discomfort if you have both allergic reactions and fibromyalgia:

  • Keep a log or diary of your symptoms. In your notes, keep track of factors like foods you ate, the weather, or where you were.
  • Try using non-medical interventions to limit allergic reactions, including the use of a sinus rinse (also called a neti pot.) This washes allergens out of your nasal passages, making an allergic rhinitis reaction less likely to occur.
  • Consider using heat to relieve pain. Heating pads can reduce pain in your body. But heating pads may also alleviate sinus pain if you place the heat over your sinuses.
  • Avoid drinks and foods that are more likely to cause inflammation, such as spicy or fried foods. Choose soothing, anti-inflammatory foods and drinks, like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nuts.
  • Drink lots of pure, clean water. Many people are at least slightly dehydrated, which can increase your pain levels. Even drinking the appropriate amount of water can help you feel significantly better.
  • Consider adding vitamin supplements like magnesium or herbs like turmeric, which can reduce pain. Ask your doctor about supplements to make sure they don’t interact negatively with any medications you may be taking.



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10 Tips for Living with Fibromyalgia or Another Life Changing Illness

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Watching the Daisies


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I had enjoyed a successful career as a natural medicines therapist and teacher, but fibromyalgia forced me to stop working for 2 years, reassess my life and embrace a new normal. I eventually left my old career behind, and retrained in organic horticulture, teaching part time in schools until recently.

My illness taught me so much, and I will share some of my most important insights. Here are a few suggestions for living with fibromyalgia or another life changing illness.

Reassessing My Values

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” Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery” by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin #Spotlight

by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Genre: Nonfiction/Medical

Release Date: May 9, 2017

The acclaimed author of Carved in Sand—a veteran investigative journalist who endured persistent back pain for decades—delivers the definitive book on the subject: an essential examination of all facets of the back pain industry, exploring what works, what doesn’t, what may cause harm, and how to get on the road to recovery.

In her effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much bigger problem. Costing roughly $100 billion a year, spine medicine—often ineffective and sometimes harmful —exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system.

The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine, and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin interviewed scores of spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, specialized bodywork practitioners. She met with many patients whose pain and desperation led them to make life-altering decisions, and with others who triumphed over their limitations.

The result is a brilliant and comprehensive book that is not only important but essential to millions of back pain sufferers, and all types of health care professionals. Ramin shatters assumptions about surgery, chiropractic methods, physical therapy, spinal injections and painkillers, and addresses evidence-based rehabilitation options—showing, in detail, how to avoid therapeutic dead ends, while saving money, time, and considerable anguish. With Crooked, she reveals what it takes to outwit the back pain industry and get on the road to recovery.