Sensitivities, Intolerances, and Hypersensitivities in ME/CFS

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This leaflet provides information and practical self-help management tips on how to cope with most of the common sensitivities, intolerances, and hypersensitivities that can affect people with ME/CFS.

This leaflet provides information and practical self-help management tips on how to cope with most of the common sensitivities, intolerances, and hypersensitivities that can affect people with ME/CFS.

Many people will develop a sensitivity, or a hypersensitivity to one or more things as part of the onset of ME/CFS or as the illness becomes chronic and/or severe. For some, increased sensitivities to noise, smells, light, touch, etc. are among the most challenging symptoms to manage.

The terms sensitivity and intolerance are to some extent overlapping whereas hypersensitivity implies a far more severe problem. Common sensitivities experienced by people with ME/CFS – particularly when they are severely or very severely affected – might also involve alcohol, chemicals, smells, drugs, food, pain, and temperature.

Topics featured in this leaflet include:

  • Alcohol, Chemicals, smells and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Drugs, Foods, Light, Noise, Pain, Temperature regulation, and Touch.
  • Coeliac disease, Hay Fever, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lactose intolerance.
  • Feedback and tips from the patient community.

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