Cold Symptoms and Fibromyalgia
Millions of people suffer from the trials and tribulations of seasonal and year long rhinitis. All that sneezing, coughing, and nose blowing is enough to drive anyone crazy, but when added to the already uncomfortable fibromyalgia syndrome, allergies can really make life difficult.
About 6 million people in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia, a syndrome characterized by chronic muscle and joint pain. The majority of those with fibromyalgia also have to contend with rhinitis symptoms, making going to work, socializing with friends, and getting a good night’s sleep very difficult. If you have fibromyalgia, discuss your allergy symptoms with your health care provider to find a treatment suitable for you.
What is Rhinitis?
Rhinitis literally means inflammation of the nose. These days, most of us refer to rhinitis simply as an allergy that causes incessant sneezing, a frustratingly runny nose, and itchy or watery eyes. Rhinitis can be caused by pretty much anything, from mold spores to cat dander, and can plague people chronically or just during specific seasons. However long your allergy symptoms last, though, they can really zap your energy and enjoyment of life.
Rhinitis in Fibromyalgia
The rhinitis allergy signs that many fibromyalgia sufferers experience are unique in that they are not actually triggered by any specific allergy. This type of rhinitis is referred to as non-allergic rhinitis (also known as irritant rhinitis and vasomotor rhinitis). Allergic rhinitis is triggered by specific things in the environment and this causes antibodies to manifest in your blood. However, non-allergic rhinitis will not produce these antibodies. This means that, though your symptoms flare up when you are exposed to certain triggers, they are not actually caused by an allergy to those triggers.
Non-allergic rhinitis affects between 5% and 10% of the North American population. Its symptoms are identical to those caused by allergic rhinitis and can plague you for weeks or even months. Fibromyalgia sufferers are very likely to experience non-allergic rhinitis. About 70% of fibromyalgia patients are diagnosed with non-allergic rhinitis every year, but close to 90% of people with fibromyalgia complain of nasal allergies with constant runny noses and congestion. These allergy symptoms make it very difficult to sleep at night, adding to the chronic fatigue that many fibromyalgia sufferers already have to contend with.