The Link Between Seasonal Allergies and Chronic Pain

Do you notice your seasonal allergies causing back pain or chronic joint pain? You’re not alone! With spring right around the corner, our ISPM physicians begin to see a large number of patients who feel worsening chronic pain when seasonal allergies hit. Without further ado, let’s get into the link between seasonal allergies and chronic pain.

Seasonal Allergies & Chronic Pain

Inflammation- Both joint pain and allergies are caused by inflammation in the body.

Fatigue- Often times, allergies cause you to be fatigued which can also be a trigger for chronic pain.

Shifts in weather- Rapid changes in temperature, humidity or barometric pressure can cause pain to feel worse.

Emotional factors- Allergies can cause your brain to feel foggy and less focused. The lack of mental clarity leads to worsening emotional stability and the potential for chronic pain to be triggered.

The Link

Seasonal allergies put extra stress on the body which can make chronic pain symptoms feel more intense. It can also affect your immune system—and in turn—cause inflammation in your joints leading to pain. Allergies are a big producer of body aches. Constant coughing and sneezing leads to headaches, neck and back pain. Anyone already dealing with chronic pain may find this very overwhelming!

The physicians at ISPM are here to help get your pain under control—no matter the season.

Seasonal Allergies

For most, allergies are at their worst during spring when flowers and trees are beginning to bud. Triggers for seasonal allergies include pollen, ragweed, grasses and mold. Here are a few of the most common seasonal allergy symptoms:

  • Sinus congestion

  • Coughing

  • Sneezing/Wheezing

  • Runny nose

  • Sore throat

  • Watery eyes

  • General fatigue

  • Joint pain, neck pain or back pain

Prevent Pain During Allergy Season

There are a few treatment options and lifestyle adjustments that can help keep both allergies and joint pain from occurring:

  • Humidifiers

  • Air purifiers/air filters

  • Shower after being outdoors

  • Monitor pollen and mold levels.

  • Wash bedding once per week

  • Allergy medications: antihistamines and decongestants

  • Allergy shots: your allergist may recommend a boost to your immune system with an in-office allergy shot

Chronic Pain Doctors in ISPM

There are many ways allergies can worsen pain conditions, so it’s important to discuss your allergies with your pain doctor. The ISPM doctors can help to put a strategy in place to minimize allergies’ impact. We strive to create sustainable treatment plans to stop chronic pain and prevent future damage. Contact us today and schedule your appointment.

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