Allergies to food or intolerance to food are two different concepts altogether. If a person is allergic to any food and goes to an allergist who would conduct tests and if the results show a positive immune system response, then it is termed as the food allergy. In severe cases, people can go into anaphylactic shock too - whereas, in food intolerances or food sensitivities, nothing shows up in the blood tests or laboratory tests. Hence by definition, food intolerance is non-allergic in nature. Because of this food intolerance, some people suffer from body aches, inflammation and joint pains as the body makes an attempt to flush out the allergens. Both food allergies and food intolerances cause are strains on muscle, and as a result, there will be body pain. Some foods when ingested causes joint pain in people. This may be diagnosed as arthritis and muscular pain.
Inflammatory molecules in the body are cytokines, which gets produced during the allergic process. These molecules can cause extreme fatigue, joint and muscle pain, sleep problems. Rheumatoid arthritis as an autoimmune disorder may be the result of this. The culprit in these kinds of cases is food allergies, food intolerances and deficiency in nutrition. Headaches, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and migraines are often due to the food sensitivity.
Bloating in the stomach, belching, loose stools, gas in the stomach can be symptoms of food intolerance. There could be joint and muscle pains few hours after eating some foods. Potato and broad beans are few foods which may not be tolerated by some people because they cause joint pains. Deficiency of zinc in the body may also cause joint pains. Allergies and sensitivities occur together accompanied by other symptoms and exhibiting chronic health conditions.
Allergy is an over-reaction of the immune system which acts as the body's defence mechanism which response by releasing antibodies, trying to combat the invasion of foreign food substances. In fact allergies and intolerances to certain types of food cause many health problems like mood swings, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory problems, skin disruptions and so on. A serious complication of the allergic reactions is Anaphylaxis with itching, short breaths, drop in blood pressure, heart palpitations, loss of consciousness which needs medical attention and hospitalisation immediately. Keeping track of all that you eat and drink for a week and maintaining a diary of the symptoms of allergy or pain - whenever they can give the information needed by an allergist for him to run several tests and confirm the diagnosis. The natural way of relief from allergic symptoms is to eliminate the allergy-causing food from your diet for a week and monitor.
Allergies exhaust the body with the sufferings the person undergoes. A common cold increases the inflammation in the body and more in the throat, nose and eyes. The immune system tries to push out the allergens. The inflammation can get extended to the muscle and joints, and the result is body pain during a cold episode. Sore joints, foggy feeling, sleepiness are what accompanies the common cold and forces the person to feel lethargic.
Allergic reactions, allergies to medications and food can cause joint pains. Any allergy which causes inflammation can lead to joint pain. An example is different variety of arthritis.
Symptoms of Joint pain:
- Aches in ankles, wrists, hips, knees, shoulders.
- Stiffness and swelling of joints – fingers are affected the most
- Worsening pain during body movements