one other thing i didn't mention -i'm hypersensitive to certain sounds. Is that just me or likely to be linked? It seems somehow too convenient that all of the health complaints i have can somehow be explained by the HMS!
Hi and welcome! I know exactly how you feel about all the things you used to just put up with because you thought you had a 'sensitive tummy', 'hypersensitivity to certain sounds' and are more flexible than most and you now find it all seems to be related to HMS. I was amazed at the related issues when I first joined the site (even my build and bad eyesight!)
I have to agree about the hypersensitivity to sound too. I have the TV quite loud when I'm particularly interested in something that's on because although I can hear it, it seems too distorted to listen to comfortably unless its loud. I hope that makes sense! So the TV is blaring out and yet I can hear my daughter's mobile phone vibrate from the next room!! I am sometimes asked why the TV is loud and if I say because I can't hear it otherwise (to save a lengthy explanation), I feel like such a liar when I suddenly announce to my daughter that she has just received a text and no-one else heard it.
When I was younger, I was also very sensitive to aerosol sprays, not so much since they changed so as not to destroy the ozone layer so quickly but when I was a teenager, I had asthma attacks when my sisters sprayed their hair! I am also sensitive to oil based paints - they make me wheeze. If you look long enough on the site, you'll probably find lots more symptoms too!