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#Scent sensitivity and cleaning

With chronic pain I find some things difficult to do. One of those things is cleaning the house. I do it in a sort of slow rotation. I do know this though, it is cleaner than it ever was when I was working because I was never capable of much at all while working. All that pain tolerance just to get through work and nothing left over to clean or cook or move. So it is better. I'll say that. But by the time you get through any sort of rotation, you need to start over again and nothing is ever as clean as it could be. But you do the best that you can and I am glad for that fact.

You also have to be insanely careful of the cleaning product choice. Scent sensitivity will get you every time.


With chronic migraines and fibromyalgia both strong scents just do not help the situation At All. I have a brand I use and I stick with it. Cannot stand things like lemon scented cleaners for example. Or bleach, that is horrific. But occasionally if you clean too much it is just inevitable it will be an issue.

Now I have company coming to stay with me next weekend so in preparation for that I have slowly been cleaning a little more than I usually would each day. It has already caused some issues. Today I woke up with a unrelenting migraine that got worse as the day progressed. Because I made it worse. I did some light cleaning knowing I would be unable to exercise so I might as well accomplish some of my cleaning goal. But the smells, oh the lingering smells got to me good. I swear I can still smell it all. And my head cannot handle it. I tried to treat the migraine earlier and it was not going for it. One thing about scent issues is nausea. The nausea just gets to you. So I have this 9 migraine and a lot of nausea. Not sure it was worth the light cleaning to be honest but with chronic migraines I always feel like if I do a little something each day then that in-itself is an accomplishment. Some days though, I know, I should just rest instead because the pain intensifies too much.

Still I did attain some good progress yesterday towards my goal so that is something. If I do a little each day then the house will be tidy at least. And key areas will be clean. And that is all I can ask for to be honest.
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