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  Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome  
 
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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

  Headaches, Migraine/Tension
 
 

Risk factors for Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome:
 
 
Allergy  Allergy / Intolerance to Foods (Hidden)

Childhood

  Allergies as a child

Family History

  Muscle pains in family members

Symptoms - Mind - General

Counter-indicators:
  Absence of short-term memory loss

Symptoms - Muscular

  History of tender muscles
 
 

Recommendations for Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome:
 
 
Lab Tests/Rule-Outs  Test for Food Allergies
 
 


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