Multiple Chemical Sensitivites
We have included a section for environmental illness as many individuals with M.E. / CFS, experience a beginning or an increase of environmental and food sensitivities.
Reported Symptoms and Syndromes
Skin: Itching, burning, flushing, warmth, coldness, tingling, sweating behind the neck, etc. hives, blisters, blotches, red spots, "pimples".
Ear, nose & throat: Nasal congestion, sneezing, nasal itching, runny nose, postnasal drip. Sore, dry, or tickling throat, clearing throat, itching palate, hoarseness, hacking cough. Fullness ringing, or popping of ears, earache, intermittent deafness, dizziness, imbalance.
Eyes: Blurring of vision, pain in eyes, crossing of eyes, glare hurts eyes; eyelids twitching, drooping, or swollen; redness and swelling of inner angle of lower lid.
Respiratory: Shortness of breath, wheeze, cough, mucous formation in bronchial tubes.
Cardiovascular: Pounding heart, increased pulse rate, skipped beats, flushing, pallor, warm, cold, tingling, redness or blueness of hands, faintness, precordial pain.
Gastrointestinal: Dryness of mouth, increased salivation, canker sores, stinging tongue, burping, retasting, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing, rumbling in abdomen, abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, itching or burning of rectum.
Genitourinary: Frequent, urgent or painful urination; inability to control bladder; vaginal itching or discharge.
Muscular: Fatigue, generalized muscular weakness, muscle and joint pain, stiffness, soreness, chest pain, backache, neck and muscle spasm, generalized spasticity.
Nervous System: Headache, migraine, compulsively sleepy, drowsy, groggy, slow, sluggish, dull, depressed, serious, crying, anxious, stimulated, overactive, restless, jittery, convulsive, head feels full or enlarged, floating, silly, giggling, laughing, inebriated, unable to concentrate, feeling of separateness or apartness from others, amnesia for words or numbers, stammering or stuttering speech.
Source: Miller, J.B. Food Allergy; Provocative Testing and Injection Therapy. Springfield; Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 1972, p.21
Chemical Stressors in the Home
Source: Golos, N., Golbitz, F.G., Leighton, F.S Coping with Your Allergies,New York; Simon and Schuster, 1979, pp. 46-47.