I have been suffering from a pretty severe allergy to tree and grass pollen in the mid-Atlantic.
Both have been at some of the highest levels in history.
So far just the regular sneezing, coughing, eye misery and some coughing. Last weekend I began to gradually feel very achy with increasing pain in both knees and ankles and periodic headache. I get up each morning certain that I will feel better, but an hour into the morning I begin to feel miserable. I have had no appetite, some queasiness and even diarrhea, feel generally miserable all over and no energy at all. Although I have had a lot of nasal congestion over the last few weeks (which is at it's worst lately) it doesn't really feel like a sinus infection. I have a lot of trouble with side effects from any type of anti-histamine or decongestant (they sometimes keep me awake for hours) and have used nasal irrigation off and on. My glands are swollen and may have had a low grade fewer for the last two days.
I am a 54 yr. old female...vegetarian, a "health nut" and post menopausal and up until now have warded off illness through diet, exercise and vitamin and the regular herbal supplements. I have never had anything like this before. I do have a history of allergies but have not been tested since my 20's since they seemed to improve over time, even after I stopped taking allergy shots in the '70's.
I have been under a lot of stress recently and find myself going non-stop for days at a time. Both of my parents are entering the last stage of Alzheimer's disease and so I make a 90 mile round trip several times a week to spend the day with them in the nursing home. I know I am overextended with work and family and am wondering if that could be contributing to just how really bad I feel. My husband has been so supportive but his concern about this concerns me. Of course, he has never seen me sick since my overall health has always been so good.
I would be very grateful for any insight, ideas or feedback!!!!!!!