What “Phantom Nasal Congestion” May Tell Us About ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia




By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.


When you have a systemic disease, any part of your body can provide a clue – even your nose. Over 15 years from 1998 to 2012, James Baraniuk, a longtime ME/CFS and GWI researcher at Georgetown University, became the first and thus far the last person to try and understand people with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) through their nose.

Baraniuk, an MD with dozens of nasal studies to his name, found that sinus pain and non-allergenic rhinitis

affected a high percentage of people – about 50% – with ME/CFS.  In fact, the the mid-facial regions of people with ME/CFS were more painful than people with documented physical abnormalities such as allergic rhinitis or rhinosinusitis.


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