Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome

The fatigue related to chronic food allergy usually starts as intermittent episodes in association with some other allergic manifestation, especially gastrointestinal symptoms, headaches or nasal allergy. It is usually more pronounced in the early morning, often decreases as the day progresses, and occurs despite a full night of sound sleep. Unlike exercise-related fatigue, there is a permanent, pre-exertion fatigue or weakness which often requires a distinct effort or ‘push’ to get you started.

There are often cognitive difficulties, with memory impairment, mental sluggishness, and an inability to concentrate or maintain attention. Various degrees of depression may exist as well as muscle aching and soreness or drawing sensations in groups of muscles. Sometimes there is edema, especially puffiness of the eyelids and fullness and discoloration of the infraorbital (below-eye) areas.

Although sensitivity to wheat, corn, milk and eggs is most common, any food eaten regularly may be an offender.

Good Laboratories for this kind of testing currently are:
Immuno Laboratories
Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratories

 


Signs, symptoms & indicators of Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome

Childhood  

Allergies as a child



Symptoms - General  

Constant fatigue



Symptoms - Head - Eyes/Ocular  

Dark areas under eyes

Symptoms of Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome can include edema, especially puffiness of the eyelids and fullness and discoloration of the infraorbital (below-eye) areas.



Symptoms - Head - Nose  

Allergic rhinitis



Symptoms - Mind - General  

Short-term memory failure



 

A 'foggy' mind



 

Trouble concentrating



Symptoms - Muscular  

Tight/rigid muscles



 

Tender muscles




Conditions that suggest Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome

Mental  

Depression

Various degrees of depression may exist in cases of Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome.



Metabolic  



Risk factors for Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome

Allergy  


Childhood  

Allergies as a child



Family History  

Muscle pains in family members



Symptoms - Mind - General  

Absence of short-term memory loss



Symptoms - Muscular  

History of tender muscles




Recommendations for Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome

Lab Tests/Rule-Outs  


Key

Weak or unproven link
Strong or generally accepted link
Weakly counter-indicative
Highly recommended

Glossary

Chronic

Usually Chronic illness: Illness extending over a long period of time.

Allergy

Hypersensitivity caused by exposure to a particular antigen (allergen), resulting in an increased reactivity to that antigen on subsequent exposure, sometimes with harmful immunologic consequences.

Gastrointestinal

Pertaining to the stomach, small and large intestines, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.

Edema

Abnormal accumulation of fluids within tissues resulting in swelling.

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