Sensory overload is a common problem in fibromyalgia (FMS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS.) It’s a symptom that can have a significant effect on your daily life and keep you from doing a lot of the things you enjoy.Sensory overload in fibro and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can make you feel panicky, confused, and overwhelmed. It can result from a variety of things, which can vary from one of us to another.

Sensory Overload:What Happens:

Hypersensitivity is believed to be a core mechanism of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.It means that our bodies react strongly to all kinds of input – noise, bright or flashing lights, crowds of people, strong smells, a chaotic environment, or multiple things competing for your attention.Our brains appear to have a hard time processing a lot of input at once, possibly because of dysfunction of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Some researchers believe we have a problem in our brains with what’s called inhibition.Inhibition helps your brain filter out things that are unimportant. When you answer the phone, it should help you ignore the television or your family’s conversation. It should help you ignore a repetitious noise, like a loud beep. It should, after a short time, stop you from noticing the buzz of fluorescent lights.

However, our lack of inhibition means that we can’t tune those things out. That means our senses bombard our brains with information, and our brains can’t handle it all.The result is that you can’t focus your attention on things that are important. It becomes hard to think, so you may forget what you were doing or frequently lose your train of thought. It can also result in a panic attack, which can involve a pounding heart, sweating, trembling, dizziness, tingling, and fear.Later, you may have increased pain and/or fatigue. Panic attacks can sometimes lead to a major symptom flare.Over time, you may begin to fear having panic attacks when you encounter situations that have triggered them before. That can make you afraid to go to certain places or put yourself in particular environments or situations. This is one way in which our illnesses can lead to isolation.

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Handling Sensory Overload in Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

When you begin to feel overloaded, the best thing to do is get yourself out of the situation and go somewhere quiet. If that’s not possible, you may be able to take some deep breaths and calm your body and mind. Some of us learn how to mentally talk ourselves down from that state, but it takes time and practice.We don’t have treatments specifically aimed at sensory overload, but we can treat the anxiety it leads to. A lot of people with fibr and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome take anti-anxiety medications. Some people say they have luck with certain supplements to calm them down, such as DHEA or theanine. Remember that treatments need time to work, so taking them when you’re in a crisis may not help much. You may have better luck taking something to counter anxiety before going into a potentially overwhelming situation.

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If sensory overload and panic are regular problems for you, you may want to talk to your doctor about a daily supplement or medication regimen. Many drugs that are prescribed for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can also help with anxiety.Avoiding certain situations may become necessary for you. For example, if a crowded grocery store is a common trigger, you may need to shop during slow times, such as early in the morning or at night. (See what else can help with grocery shopping.)Avoidance can be necessary but it can also become a problem if you find yourself avoiding too much – such as any place that might be noisy or crowded.

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If you find yourself becoming isolated by avoidance, or missing things that are important to you, you may benefit from professional counseling.The important thing to remember is that, with treatments and management techniques, this symptom is manageable. It can take time to figure out what works best for you, but in the end, you can take back control of your life.

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  1. I have been hospitalized for panic attacks. I lost a very important, responsible job because of panic attacks and had not been able to find another one for my husband (who was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis)& myself. That was a very, very traumatic time in my life!
    After I worked full time, went to school for two masters degrees and raised two children all at the same time—all that I worked for,
    .just disintegrated right before my eyes. Where do you start and how do you pick up the pieces? Thank God that my children were in college or already working, I had to put my husband in a Veterans Assisted Living Facility and move in with my Uncle who had Alzheimer’s and took care of him.
    Fortunately, I was near retirement age and eventually started collecting my Social Security.
    One never knows what hand life will deal you.
    I thank God for his goodness and mercy.

  2. I have been hospitalized for panic attacks. I lost a very important, responsible job because of panic attacks and had not been able to find another one for my husband (who was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis)& my . That was a very, very traumatic time in my life!
    After I worked full time, went to school for two masters degrees and raised two children all at the same time—all that I worked for,
    .just disintegrated right before my eyes. Where do you start and how do you pick up the pieces? Thank God that my children were in college or already working, I had to put my husband in a Veterans Assisted Living Facility and move in with my Uncle who had Alzheimer’s and took care of him.
    Fortunately, I was near retirement age and eventually started collecting my Social Security after I was awarded Social Security Disability.
    One never knows what hand life will deal you.
    I thank God for his goodness and mercy.

  3. I was dx almost 4 yrs ago with fibro and RA on top of my MANY other physical, mental and emotional illnesses. My sensory overload/panic attacks became 1000x worse to the point where my amazing husband has to basically be the bread winner along with picking up 70% or more of who and what I used to be 😭. I do NOT leave the house unless I have to, crowds ( even family get togethers ), grocery shopping, repetitive noise ( the same noise more than 3x) or to many conversations around me send me into a quick spiral where I HAVE to disappear or I’m done for. Yes, every time this happens it triggers a horrible pain flare. I was fired from my nursing job, my 3 kids are only 15, 12, and 11 now, and they don’t have a single memory of me, the SUPER wife and mother I was before I was robbed of myself in 2013.
    Thank you so much for this information, I thought I really was the only person who is effected in this very way!

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