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Does anyone have experience with chemical and/or environmental allergies?

Asked by gailcalled (54553points) August 19th, 2008

I have a 57 yr old friend who can’t be near electricity or direct sunlight without having severe nerve pain. Very little research is being done, so I told her I’d put out some feelers.

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augustlan's avatar

That’s interesting…I’ve never heard of the electricity thing before. Has she been to a doc about this? I have extremely sensitive skin, and can only tolerate one kind of soap, one kind of laundry detergent, etc. I even break out in hives from being in the water, sweating, or just having my hair touch my face too much, but no nerve pain is involved.

gailcalled's avatar

There isn’t anything – either traditional or homeopathic – that she hasn’t tried. Unfortunately, her condition worsened when she underwent chelation therapy, out of desperation.

augustlan's avatar

This just sounds really odd…I don’t really understand how being near electricity could cause nerve pain. That said, I have fibromyalgia, a diagnosis I didn’t even believe in, and still don’t understand – after 14 years! – so I can certainly sympathize with your friend’s frustation!

Snoopy's avatar

Eh….w/ all due respect to your friend….and I really mean that…have you and/or she considered the fact that their might be a psychiatric component to her problems? That is NOT saying that she isn’t feeling the pain…..

augustlan's avatar

To take it further, if she doesn’t know she’s around electricity, does she feel the pain?

Snoopy's avatar

Oh dear. Sorry gail. their=there.

Snoopy's avatar

at least I KNOW it was a mistake :)

gailcalled's avatar

She feels it even when she doesn’t know; she has been seeing a therapist who comes to the house; I am sure that there is a psychological component but it is hard to sort out. The medical profession, by and large, is skeptical, but that doesn’t help her severe discomfort. I am trying to be only a friend and not a therapist, She is a lovely and interesting woman and doesn’t talk about herself to excess so I enjoy spending time with her.

I have a version of fybromyalgia also-mine is connected to a mild spinal curvature so it manifests itself in my lower back and neck. I have also had good psychotherapy for years and see how stress makes the back pain worse. My ex got migraines, my ex-ex- had the runs every morning, my mother got bronchitis at the holidays….it is difficult to separate mind from body, I think.

Kay's avatar

I’m going through some of my own nerve pain issues right now and Cymbalta has really helped calm my nerves down, so to speak. It works by basically re-establishing the balance of serotonin and norepinephrine which helps you not to feel pain as much and hopefully gives your nervous system a chance to calm down. I feel for your friend, I really really really do; hell is nerve pain.

Snoopy's avatar

@Gail. I am sure that she has probably already done this….but I would suggest that she see a neurologist or, better yet, a pain management specialist.
An MD or DO, who specializes in pain management, would best be suited to determine the source of her pain and direct here to appropriate treatment. Be it medicinal, psychiatric or some type of physical therapy.

gailcalled's avatar

I will pass on all suggestions. Thank you.

augustlan's avatar

Pain management has been making great strides. I second Snoopy.

Snoopy's avatar

Drat!!!! here=her

SORRY!!!!

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