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NYT article: "Why Do Allergies Cause ‘Brain Fog’?"

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Art Vandelay, Apr 22, 2017.

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    Art Vandelay Senior Member

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    While this article doesn't seem to contain any hard research, I thought the claim that brain fog in allergies could be caused by cytokines was moderately interesting. My gut feeling is that my ME/CFS brain fog is correlated with the inflammation I experience and thus may be due to cytokines.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/well/live/why-do-allergies-cause-brain-fog.html

     
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    From the article-

    I have bad allergy symptoms, like constant congestion and runny nose, that came on with my cfs and worsened as my cfs did. However, I do not have any significant allergies to food (had testing done) or anything else in the environment that I am aware of. I have them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week regardless of where I am.

    So they are most likely generated from something in me, all the time, not an outside factor. Probably caused by immune activation/dysfunction. There is very little doubt in my mind that an immune response causes much of the fatigue and brain fog, in cfs/me and like the fatigue from allergies, it can't be slept away.

    Something else I find really interesting, is that immune activation can cause sleeping problems too, which it also mentions in the article. Here is another paper that mentions it.

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    Art Vandelay Senior Member

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    Interesting point! I definitely find that my insomnia is worse when my inflammation levels are higher.
     
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