Central Sensitivity Syndrome | A Survivor's Guide

Central Sensitivity - Survivor's Guide

Medicine Induced Tinnitus

On February 26, 2017, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By ,, , With No Comments

Recently I reduced my dose of Mexiletine to reduce symptoms of vertigo. The vertigo was due to 1 part allergies, 1 part menstruation, and 1 part Mexiletine which led to fluid buildup in my LEFT ear. The downside of this reduction? A constant ringing in the RIGHT ear. Makes a…

Sensitivity to Touch, Pressure, and Pain

On February 26, 2017, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By , With No Comments

Tactile and pain sensitivity is characteristic of an abnormal intolerance and response to touch, pressure, and pain sensations (nociceptive sensations). For sufferers of tactile hypersensitivity, light and gentle touch can range from mildly discomforting to debilitatingly painful. Onset of pain may be local or shooting when pressure is applied to…

Smell and Taste Alterations

While I do not have a terrible amount of experience with smell and taste alterations, I have had a few accounts. These alterations range from short to long-term alterations. When I say “smell sensitivity,” I’m referring to when a smell becomes heightened – it becomes stronger. This means that what…

Ringing in Ears After Taking Magnesium

On January 20, 2017, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

I started taking magnesium supplements about a week ago. I started off at only 250mg in the morning, but I also started noticing a couple days later that my right ear was quietly ringing during the day (barely noticeable), and very noticeably at night when sleeping on my right side….

Ultrasound Therapy at Home for Localized Pain

Years ago I dragged myself out of my house to see my physical therapist 20 minutes away to get Ultrasound Therapy on my back. It helped a lot, but was usually short lived, and I could only handle getting there once a week. Eventually it just didn’t seem worth it….

Beating Drug-Induced Light Sensitivity

Light sensitivity is a side effect of many medications. Considering that those with Central Sensitization are typically already very light sensitive, often moderately to severe, this side effect poses a HUGE problem. For most people, severe light sensitivity would suggest to the prescribing physician that the patient should discontinue taking…

The “You Don’t Look Sick” Makeover

On January 2, 2017, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By ,,,, , With No Comments

As I came around the corner at the store with my rollator, a woman in line smiled at me. She began striking up a conversation with me asking me about myself and sharing a bit about herself. She was a personal care attendant and was amazed by how much I…

Vertigo, Nausea, and Menstruation

 A few months ago I started having some bizarre symptoms. I didn’t pay much attention to it until it kept reoccurring every month at the same time, and the symptoms seemed to be getting much worse each time. The time of the month it kicked in was – that “time…

Makeup Sensitivities? Make Your Own!

Having central sensitivities and wearing makeup just don’t go well together. For those without allergies or chemical sensitivities, perhaps, but for those who do, even the high-end brands just don’t cut it. So it really comes down to asking yourself “What am I not sensitive to and I can put…

Acne and CSS

On December 20, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By , , With No Comments

After my disability went from moderate (totally and permanently disabled) to severe (housebound and mostly bedridden), seemingly out of nowhere came a flood of acne. I had a history of mild acne as a teen, and acne is an on and off thing for the women in my family regardless…