I've had fibromyalgia for years and also have chemical allergies to perfumes and formaldehyde (smoke and other things) which I've had most (all?) of my life. But whenever I mentioned the possibility of chemicals causing my fibromyalgia to Dr.s, I always got a no. I also got a response from some that there is(was) no such thing as a chemical allergy. I don't agree with either. I finally got a patch test for chemical allergies a couple years ago, because I was bothered by a persistant rash/excema that medications just made worse (I was allergic to the preservative in them!). So, now I'm back to wondering about the connection of chemical allergies to fibromyalgia. Since now I know my response to perfume is an allergy and not just "over sensitive", I've been aware that when I am exposed to it (at a store, a concert, family's house, etc.) my fibromyalgia flares up several hours later. I may or may not get a typical allergic response first, such as sneezing, but my nose usually starts running and I get a headache. That goes away, soon (a half hour or hour or so) after I leave the perfume, but then achiness starts. Does anyone else have this? I wonder how many people with fibromyalgia also have a chemical allergy, especially to a pervasive one like perfume or formaldehyde, or perhaps perservatives in food? The test I got is from truetest.com. The Doctor or Allergist has to administer it (only they can order it), but the results are easy to read. You can check out the test on their web-site. It tests for a dermatological response, but even if you don't have skin problems you could have an allergy to chemicals. Although my allergist said that a dermatological allergy did not mean an allergy to airborne stuff, I disagree strongly with that!! An allergy is an allergy, no matter how it gets you! There is no test for airborne chemicals or blood tests for chemicals. Does anyone here with fibromyalgia think they have a problem with chemicals, also?
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