This is why I take Zyrtec. I know I’ve mentioned it before- but for me it truly is a wonder drug! Other antihistamines don’t do shite for me anymore. I buy it over the counter, and I take one every morning and I am unable to function without it! You can ask my Glugs… he hasn’t seen me sneeze too much- but he has seen me when I go near horses with and without Zyrtec! And when my hay fever is under control my asthma is better too!
Anyhoodle. When I am under attack by a good bout of hay fever (yup- I take it that personally), I will often sneeze up to 10 times in quick succession without even being able to draw a breath between sneezes. So, understandably, sneezing like this gives me a blinding headache, and it makes my arms hurt! Especially my upper arms and shoulder joints! If I start sneezing while I’m driving on the highway- I best pull over as I can’t see where I’m going! And did you know that at 120km/hour, your eyes are closed for 10 metres when you sneeze!!?! Very scary I reckon…
The first time I felt the pain in my arms I thought I was having a sneeze-induced heart attack or something! Luckily for you all, I survived (who else would do research like this), and then started researching the phenomenon.
I have Googled it several times and actually found it to be extremely common- chat groups and forums and blog posts and and and! But what I never found was a decent explanation- till now! Check this out:
“…the wonderful world of pressure. It works like this… When I sneeze sometimes… either head congestion or my mouth not being open far enough cause so much backpressure in my system that it travels the length of my body and the pressure gets distributed to my arms and legs through the blood vessels. They temporarily expand and rapidly contract, and it makes my arms hurt. Same reason I get headaches…”
Sorry… I lost the link… But now I finally have a reasonable (I think) explanation! I now know I’m not going to sneeze myself to death!!!