Do chemicals bother you? What about hygiene products, or the laundry-products aisle at the grocery store? If more than one type of chemical gives you negative symptoms, you may have a condition called multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS.) It's common in people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
I have what I consider to be a mild case of MCS. The laundry-products aisle guarantees an instant headache, and possibly nausea and dizziness to boot. I make sure to stay inside when my husband puts chemicals on the lawn, because those'll get me, too. A lot of us have this kind of reaction, and for some it's severe - as in debilitating symptoms from small amounts of exposure.
To learn more about MCS and how it interacts with our other conditions, see:
MCS is not a psychological condition. However, a fair amount of research shows that it frequently overlaps with some of them. For more information on the comorbidity, read:
Do you have or suspect you have MCS? What things bother you? How have you changed your life because of it? Leave your comments below!
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