Over the years, I have visited a number of allergists in an attempt to resolve various environmental allergies--especially ragweed, dust, grass and tree pollens. I have always asked allergists about the association between allergies and muscle aches. For some reason, as allergies became more acute (spring and fall), I would notice muscle tightness and aches. This association in symptoms continues today. In the past, I routinely received the answer that allergies had nothing to do with muscle pain, that allergies only cause upper respiratory symptoms. Yet, trusting my body, I know these symptoms (upper respiratory and muscle aches) always intensified at the same time. Now, I am left with the question as to the cause of this association. Today, some allergists acknowledge that there may be a connection but they don't know what it is. My belief now (especially after reading Dr. Sarno's work) is that the root of allergies comes from unresolved emotional issues. Since I had severe allergies as far back as early childhood, I am thinking that these issues have been around for a long time. What a relief it would be to process some of these emotions and create more peace, reducing the allergies and muscle aches.