Article of Interest: ‘Frightening’ Connections between Long COVID, Fibromyalgia

Long COVID Fibromyalgia chemical intolerance tilt

Our team at the Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share an important external article:

‘Frightening’ connections between long COVID, fibromyalgia, fatigue warrant more research” from Healio.

Calabrese also pointed to data suggesting connections between long COVID with fibromyalgia. Specifically, researchers have found that fibromyalgia can be a sequela to viral, bacterial or parasitic infections.
Also, analysis of National Databank for Rheumatic Diseases data found 41% of self-reported long COVID patients having a history of fibromyalgia vs. 13% of those who fully recovered from their infection, suggesting fibromyalgia “either can be indistinguishable or can be a big confounder,” Calabrese said. However, he granted there is “a lot” to go against fibromyalgia “being equivalent to long COVID,” and added that the whole question is ripe for further study.

This issue is important for people who suffer from chemical intolerance (CI), said Dr. Claudia Miller, allergist/immunologist, professor emeritus, and leader of the Hoffman TILT Program at UT Health San Antonio.

How can you find out if you are chemically intolerant?

Answer these three questions from Hoffman TILT’s Brief Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (BREESI):

  1. Do you feel sick when you are exposed to tobacco smoke, certain fragrances, nail polish/remover, engine exhaust, gasoline, air fresheners, pesticides, paint/thinner, fresh tar/asphalt, cleaning supplies, new carpet or furnishings? By sick, we mean: headache, difficulty thinking, difficulty breathing, weakness, dizziness, upset stomach, etc.
  2. Are you unable to tolerate or do you have adverse or allergic reactions to any drugs or medications (such as antibiotics, anesthetics, pain relievers, X-ray contrast dye, vaccines or birth control pills), or to an implant, prosthesis, contraceptive chemical or device, or other medical/surgical/dental material or procedure?
  3. Are you unable to tolerate or do you have adverse reactions to any foods such as dairy products, wheat, corn, eggs, caffeine, alcoholic beverages, or food additives (e.g., MSG, food dye)?

If you answer YES to any of these three questions, take the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI) and share the results with your doctor!