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Chemicals...causes another disease for Fibromyalgia Suffers!

Good morning to everyone.  Hump day is here.  Half way through the week.  It is so funny to me how with each passing year these new phrases seem to appear.  I was watching Well of Fortune last evening and they had their 6,000th night.  The showed the shows that aired on their 1,000th night and the mannerism and what and who was popular back then.  Made me really stop for a moment and realize how much things are continuously changing.  I saw something earlier on the computer that showed how we would have lived 400 years ago.  I have placed it in my favorites and am waiting for a little time to sit and watch it.  I love to look back and see the evolution of things and people....although I think that we seem to be changing more quickly these days. 
Well, as for today's blog...I sit each morning and often I have an idea already brewing.  It is often something that is sparked by something seen or said...and then sometimes I can sit and wonder what you the reader are thinking about the blogs.  Are they of any use to anyone of my readers or are they just of use to me?  I can see the numbers of readers that I get each day and yet so often there are no comments.   I am hoping that the stories are of interest.  Perhaps one or more of them are helpful in someway.  Maybe they spark an idea or though to you.  If they do...I would appreciate it if you took a moment to comment.  Actually, it makes me feel like there is someone real on the other side of the screen. 
Anyway, today's blog came to me yesterday as I was waking through Menard's Hardware.  I, for some reason, am extremely sensitive to chemicals of all kinds.  I'm not sure whether this is a curse or blessing...but for the sake of this blog, I am viewing it as both.  I could not believe how heightened my nose has become.  I started to feel like Pinnochio as I trodding through the aisle.  I first went out to the garden area, which is on enclosed, yet still open...which means that it was an opened shelter.  You could feel the cold and wind and were somewhat covered.    Why Pinnochio?  Well, I felt that with each step I took, my nose got bigger and bigger with each seen that attacked me.  Between the smell of the chemicals in the dirt and the actual smell of the flowers, petunia's for some reason being the worse, I had to leave.  Before I left, I stared at the organic section and just questioned how organic they actually stay being placed in that type of environment. 
Between the storm outside which was trickling through the holes and the chemicals brewing indoors, I quickly had to leave through the sliding glass doors which placed me into the lumber area.  I have to tell you, that wasn't much better.  Ia a cruised up and down the aisles searching for my husband, by nose could smell the formaldehydes and chemicals used to treat the wood.  I walked a little faster to exit that area.  The next area that I was attacked from was the aisle filled with detergents and cleaners.  It is amazing to me how items that are in bags and bottles can emit such smells.  I looked around at all the customers who were shopping as though there was nothing going on around them, while all I could think of, was why I needed to perhaps start binging a mask with me to shop. Last night, when I got home, I progressively felt worse.  In fact, I needed a number of pain pills and smeared Ben Gay all over myself from head to toe.  I wondered about why I felt so horrible.  Even my wrists hurt! 
It made me start to think about the people who work in those types of environments. They are being exposed constantly by all of those chemicals that are being blended together.  I wondered whether they can smell them all or is it just me?  And if it is just me...why? 
Well, I decided that I was going to research a bit and find out why....and the results blew me away.  It seems that there is a disease called MCSS, and it is a side kick to fibromyalgia which I have.  The more I read the more it explained everything.  Here is was I read on the topic from fibromyalgia-symptoms.org.   
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome (MCSS)
Do you find yourself becoming more and more sensitive to certain smells, perfumes, or foods? Do you feel dizzy or nauseous after being exposed to these triggers? If so, you may be suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome, or MCSS. MCSS often occurs alongside fibromyalgia, causing extreme sensitivity to certain chemicals and odors. MCSS can have a particularly negative impact on your life, making work, school, and daily tasks difficult. It can also exacerbate your fibromyalgia symptoms.MCS is a syndrome that causes hypersensitivity to certain chemicals and smells. It can also cause you to be extra sensitive to lights, temperature, and loud sounds. MCSS can hit suddenly and without warning, and tends to become more severe as time passes. Typically, people with chemical sensitivity find that they are first sensitive to only one particular trigger, but the syndrome soon intensifies, making exposure to a variety of products troublesome. MCSS causes symptoms that affect all systems in your body, including the skin, respiratory system, musculoskeletal system, gastrointestinal tract, and neurological and immune systems.
Also known as Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance, multiple chemical sensitivity affects between 17% and 34% of Americans on a yearly basis. However, people with fibromyalgia syndrome tend to be at increased risk for this syndrome, probably because many of the symptoms of MCSS overlap with the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Up to two-thirds of those who suffer from fibromyalgia pain will also have to deal with MCSS. Like fibromyalgia, MCSS typically affects women more than men, particularly those women between the ages of 20 and 50.
Types of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome
In order to be diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivities, you must show sensitivity to certain environmental factors. In particular, people with MCSS are sensitive to perfumes, pesticides, fuels, food additives, carpets, and building materials. These sensitivities can extend to include various other chemicals.
Well, isn't that interesting.  Thanks to my own blog and nosiness, I finally have found the reason.  A reason which by the way, most people I know can't imagine why I complain so much about smells and perfumes and even deodorants on people. 
So, if you are one of the lucky people who have been attacked by the masked bandit called FIBROMYALGIA....then pay heed to this as well.  They suggest you see your physician and I will definitely now bring this to his attention.  Only problem I see is that another pill will be suggested...which I am petrified to death to use...because of my sensitivities.  But I will now research this a little further and find some alternatives to the problem. 
I hope that this is of some value to some of you who are affected as well, and perhaps....to those of you who are not...to be aware of what happens to others...perhaps someone you know.  And if nothing else...I pray that this will open up your minds to the fact that chemicals are causing havoc...even if you don't smell them. 

3 Comments to Chemicals...causes another disease for Fibromyalgia Suffers!:

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Cindy Rippe on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:29 AM
Very interesting. I've noticed that I can't walk through the pesticides aisle and get mad at myself when I forget to avoid it. Thanks for sharing.
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Debi on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:09 AM
Thanks for the comment Cindy...it is amazing what we don't connect to Fibromyalgia...and it has gotten so much worse through the years. I started to think I was the only one!
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Linda Kinnaman on Thursday, May 01, 2014 4:50 PM
Debi, I shared a link to this post with some friend of mine who suffer from FM too. They appreciate you writing about it. Very interesting to learn that my experiences are not the exception.
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