Overly Sensitive Nervous Systems - Some Info.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ssMarilyn, Nov 2, 2002.

  1. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    Here's some info...not much, but a start!

    MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity)Symptoms

    commonly include difficulty breathing, sleeping and/or concentrating, memory loss, migraines, nausea, abdominal pain, chronicfatigue, aching joints and muscles, and irritated eyes, nose, ears, throat and/or skin. In addition, some with MCS show impaired balance and increased sensitivity not just to odors but also to loud noises, bright lights, touch, extremes of heat and
    cold, and electromagnetic fields.

    MCS Studies

    show about 2/3 of those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia also have MCS (and vice versa), as do 1/2 of
    those with allergies. Like CFS, MCS is more common in women and can start at any age, but usually begins in late puberty to mid-life. There is no unique test for MCS, but immune, porphyrin, EEG, balance, and SPECT scan abnormalities are common.

    MCS Treatments

    and outcomes vary greatly but--consistent with basic toxicology--the frequency and severity of symptoms usually can be reduced through the environmental control and avoidance of exposures that them. A nutritional assessment also is recommended.

    Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

    A Chronic Condition Characterized by:

    multiple symptoms (many and variable)
    in multiple organs (min. 2, usually 4+)
    affecting multiple senses (usually 2 to 4)
    triggered by multiple chemicals
    (and often also by other stressors & stimuli)
    waxing and waning with exposures
    at or below levels previously tolerated

    Multiple Symptoms

    acute abdominal pain
    asthma, headaches,
    rashes
    chronic fatigue &
    weakness
    concentration &
    memory loss
    muscle & joint pains
    numbness, tingling,
    twitching
    sore eyes, ears, nose &
    throat
    Multiple Organs

    Central Nervous
    System
    Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat
    Gastrointestinal
    Musculoskeletal
    Peripheral Nervous System
    Respiratory
    Skin
    Multiple Senses

    hypersensitive to
    smells
    photosensitive, blurred
    vision
    intolerant of loud
    noises
    bothered by abnormal
    tastes
    hypersensitive to
    touch & temperature
    extremes
    impaired "senses" of
    balance, coordination
    & concentration
    Multiple Exposures

    alcohol & medications
    caffiene & food
    additives
    raw fuels & engine exhaust
    new carpet & furnishings
    paint & renovation materials
    perfume & scented products
    pesticides & herbicides
    solvents & other VOCs


    Multiple Theories About MCS:

    1. Chemical Allergy (a 1960s concept, since disproven)

    2. Neurologic / Toxic Encephalopathy

    3. Autoimmune Illness (under JHU study)

    4. Limbic Kindling (via limbic control of sensory pathways)

    5. Neurogenic Inflammation (via the olfactory nerve)

    6. Porphyrin Disorder(via heme synthesis)

    7. Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (most recent)

    8. Subconscious Reaction to Early Childhood Abuse

    9. Iatrogenic (a "belief-system" induced by doctors!)"Belief System"

    10. Psychogenic Illness (invented by the patients!)[This Message was Edited on 11/02/2002]
  2. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    Here's some info...not much, but a start!

    MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity)Symptoms

    commonly include difficulty breathing, sleeping and/or concentrating, memory loss, migraines, nausea, abdominal pain, chronicfatigue, aching joints and muscles, and irritated eyes, nose, ears, throat and/or skin. In addition, some with MCS show impaired balance and increased sensitivity not just to odors but also to loud noises, bright lights, touch, extremes of heat and
    cold, and electromagnetic fields.

    MCS Studies

    show about 2/3 of those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia also have MCS (and vice versa), as do 1/2 of
    those with allergies. Like CFS, MCS is more common in women and can start at any age, but usually begins in late puberty to mid-life. There is no unique test for MCS, but immune, porphyrin, EEG, balance, and SPECT scan abnormalities are common.

    MCS Treatments

    and outcomes vary greatly but--consistent with basic toxicology--the frequency and severity of symptoms usually can be reduced through the environmental control and avoidance of exposures that them. A nutritional assessment also is recommended.

    Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

    A Chronic Condition Characterized by:

    multiple symptoms (many and variable)
    in multiple organs (min. 2, usually 4+)
    affecting multiple senses (usually 2 to 4)
    triggered by multiple chemicals
    (and often also by other stressors & stimuli)
    waxing and waning with exposures
    at or below levels previously tolerated

    Multiple Symptoms

    acute abdominal pain
    asthma, headaches,
    rashes
    chronic fatigue &
    weakness
    concentration &
    memory loss
    muscle & joint pains
    numbness, tingling,
    twitching
    sore eyes, ears, nose &
    throat
    Multiple Organs

    Central Nervous
    System
    Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat
    Gastrointestinal
    Musculoskeletal
    Peripheral Nervous System
    Respiratory
    Skin
    Multiple Senses

    hypersensitive to
    smells
    photosensitive, blurred
    vision
    intolerant of loud
    noises
    bothered by abnormal
    tastes
    hypersensitive to
    touch & temperature
    extremes
    impaired "senses" of
    balance, coordination
    & concentration
    Multiple Exposures

    alcohol & medications
    caffiene & food
    additives
    raw fuels & engine exhaust
    new carpet & furnishings
    paint & renovation materials
    perfume & scented products
    pesticides & herbicides
    solvents & other VOCs


    Multiple Theories About MCS:

    1. Chemical Allergy (a 1960s concept, since disproven)

    2. Neurologic / Toxic Encephalopathy

    3. Autoimmune Illness (under JHU study)

    4. Limbic Kindling (via limbic control of sensory pathways)

    5. Neurogenic Inflammation (via the olfactory nerve)

    6. Porphyrin Disorder(via heme synthesis)

    7. Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (most recent)

    8. Subconscious Reaction to Early Childhood Abuse

    9. Iatrogenic (a "belief-system" induced by doctors!)"Belief System"

    10. Psychogenic Illness (invented by the patients!)[This Message was Edited on 11/02/2002]
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    If he even gets near petrochemicals, it can put him into the flare from hell for months. His original flare produced a horrible rash as well.

    Love, Mikie
  4. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    I looked for the info I had mentioned I'd seen on the adrenals and our overly sensitive nervous systems and I can't find it anywhere. But it only makes sense that if our adrenals are out of whack, (they control the adrenelin in our bodies) then our nervous systems would show the effects by being sensitive to lights, smells, sounds, plus more panic attacks, etc....To me it's as clear as a bell, and I knew what I had to do in order to help my adrenals heal and recharge. I've heard doctors talk about how the adrenals can heal themselves without meds. If we can do it without meds, I think that's the best way to go, don't you?

    I remember when I was at my worst.....you could clap your hands and I would jump a few inches! Now I'm really calm.

    Marilyn :)
  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I believe our illnesses are neurological in nature and that is what affects our adrenal systems. It could well be that if we heal one, we heal the other, but we might have to heal one before we can heal the other.

    Love, Mikie