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Is anyone else hypersensitive to stimulating herbs/meds/foods?

Discussion in 'Hypersensitivity and Intolerance' started by SolarMuse, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. SolarMuse

    SolarMuse

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    I am. Are you? Is this a CFS thing? I used to drink a pot of coffee a day 20 yrs ago, now, I can hardly drink 1 cup of coffee (unless I am really wiped out) and Mucinex makes me want to crawl out my skin. I am also sensitive to detoxing herbs and cleaning chemicals.
     
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    Chemical smells make me feel sick - deodorants, perfumes, cleaning products, etc. If I can't get away I will start to get a headache. Love the smell of coffee though.
     
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    Yes, its a real problem, I can't take any caffeine also there are a bunch of foods with high amine content and these amines act as stimulants and can cause major headbuzz.

    In addition there are other foods which block the enzymes which should get rid of stimulating molecules (Mono Amine Oxidases aka MAOs) so if you eat a stimulant cooked with a MAO inhibitor it can cause double trouble as the stimulant builds up and doesnt go away. Nutmeg commonly used in sausages and christmas pudding has a very powerful action in this regard and is why some people use it like a drug.

    eg chicken (especially skin) is high in stimulating amines but onion and olive oil contain MAO inhibitors so if I have a fry up of chicken and onion in olive oil it can spell disaster.

    I find I can improve the situation by avoiding such foods as cause a problem and also taking Kirkman B complex is the only treatment I have found for food related runaway headbuzz, I believe some of the Bs may support MAO activity.
     
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    This year I collected a new sensitivity to Annatto! - caffeine, MSG etc. are old ones I've long avoided. When my nervous system symptoms are worse (senses heightened) other things can be a problem...
     
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    I'm hypersensitive to all stimulant herbs & most adaptogens. Coffee and all other caffeine laden beverages do not agree with me at all, even decaf, although that doesn't stop me from having a cappuccino every so often! Too much caffeine and extras like high fat dairy, syrup etc, set my nervous system up to 11 and make me feel bleurgh and unable to think. Very annoying.
     
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    Red ginseng caused tachycardia, unexplained shortness of breath and akathisia.
     
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    when I was younger, I was already ill, but I could find extra energy with stimulants like caffein.
    With time going by, I had to diminish progressivly my consumption down to one cup per day of very long coffee, and now to zero coffee.

    My own endogenous epinephrine/adrenaline could give me a boost of good energy when I was young but it doesn't anymore now.

    I tryed small doses of Ephedrine drug some years ago (analog to Adrenaline), for a year. It worked at the begining, then it failed. And if I was taking just a tiny amount of coffee at the same time with Ephedrine I could faint!
    I guess there was such a big problem with my energy pathway that stimulants were not good for me...
     
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    The way I look at it is if physical activity makes you worse so will the biochemical activity that comes from stimulating herbs, foods and drink.
     
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  9. Ryan88

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    I am totally hypersensitive to a LOT of foods! Caffeine messes with my head big time. I can't eat or drink anything with added sugars either (of any kind, even honey, molasses, xylitol, etc) since I have similar effects to those of caffeine. Certain herbs, spices, + proteins also affect me similarly. Headaches, mood swings, extreme thirst, digestive issues, all the fun stuff. And I'm with you on the aversion to harsh smells too. I can't believe there are others! ha. It sucks. Big time. I wish I had more answers as to why, but still the search continues. I know for me being HSP contributes to alot of my sensitivities. Anyway, we aren't crazy!
     
  10. Thinktank

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    I feel your pain @SolarMuse

    I've become hypersensitive to anything that stimulates the excitatory neurotransmitters.
    Epinephrine/norepinephrine, glutamate and cholinergics.
    Caffeine makes me feel super wired, i become a total mess with even small amounts. I cant drink coffee, tea or eat any chocolate. Also sugar and foods high in glutamate overstimulate me.
    Benzodiazepine withdrwal syndrome and years of taking neurotoxic medication for misdiagnosed "lyme disease" has complicated my sensitivities even further.
    My sensitivities would have been way beter off had i not listened to doctors....
     
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    It's ridiculous how hypersensitive I have become to things olive oil,gluten,dairy products etc the list goes on and on

    On the plus side I react very quickly within a hour if something is wrong with pulsating pressure in my head and ramped up anxiety ,so finding triggers and eliminating them is made easier.

    It's a bit like Russian roulette at meal times
     
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    I can certainly relate with everything you've said. Do you get the relaxing effect from the olive oil as well as the symptoms you get? I get both allergy like symptoms and the relaxing therapeutic effect from consuming it on food. o_O
     
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    I actually use to get that effect from olive oil and epa fish oils but now within about 30 mins of consuming either I get symptoms like my brain is swelling loads of head pressure then palpitations that last hours.

    So I have to avoid it....... doesn't figure that the things that are healthy have such a bad effect :(
     

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