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percycat
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   Posted 3/9/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all!
 
Boy, have I missed you folks!  I'm finally feeling good again physically, after my allergic reaction to an antibiotic.  It took me nearly a month to get back to feeling like myself again and get over the terrible weakness it caused.
 
Emotionally, I'm fighting health anxiety a lot right now.  I've gotten some conflicting advice, or no advice, about how to avoid another reaction, so that's got me a little scared.  More troublesome, I had some breathing issues again and have noticed severe blushing around my face and neck after eating something I've *never* feared before (but it doesn't happen every time).  I'm trying not to worry overly much about that: I have an appointment next week with an allergist to ask my questions about the drug allergy and this *possible* new one, and it seems like taking Benadryl makes the blushing go away.  I don't have any other symptoms.  The breathing issues are following the exact patterns my reflux shortness of breath *always* does, so I'm trying not to fear there.
 
Anyway I'm trying to tell myself that I've taken all the steps I can to be safe healthwise.  My therapist points that out as a way to deal with my anxiety.  I have my first appointment with her in over three months tomorrow, and I can sure use her coaching and support right now.  I've given in to that nasty urge to symptom surf on the web, and I know that isn't smart, but I also want to be informed.  *sigh*
 
I'm off to try catching up on all of your news while I've been out sick.
 
Love to you all - it's so good to be back!
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   Posted 3/9/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Percy, so glad to see you back again.  I'm am very happy yeah to hear you are feeling so much better.  As for the allergies, I can relate to a degree to that as I have chronic hives (8 years now) and been tested for about everything possible and come up empty.  I know this may sound funny to some, but I think you will understand when I say I hope the allergist does find your allergic to "something" as that will relieve your anxiety.  Does that make sense?!  I take daily meds now to keep my hives under control.  I agree about NOT surfing the web for symptoms.  I have to literally "force" myself not to do it too.  Yes, we want to be well educated about our conditions, but we with health anxiety go overboard and that is not "healthy".  Most people just read, we read and then worry.  Again, welcome "home" percy.  Hope you continue good health.


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percycat
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   Posted 3/9/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much, Diane.

I'm trying to remind myself that allergies come in many forms, including sudden blushing or hives, without being life-threatening. It's kind of hard in this day and age not to get caught up by the extreme cautionary tales in the media, though. Also, my pharmacist made some thoughtless, scary remarks to me (in a very off-hand, non-professional way), so I'm working hard to shake those off until I can ask questions of an allergy specialist.

It's funny how little comments that many folks would immediately forget can turn into such monsters for those of us with anxiety.

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   Posted 3/9/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Percycat

Great to see you back again we have missed you and glad you feeling better. I am bad for surfing the web but we both know it makes things worse so try not to do google so much. Take care my friend

Ben

percycat
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   Posted 3/9/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Ben! Next time I'm tempted, I'll try to stop and think of you and Diane reminding me that it doesn't really help. Maybe then I can resist the urge.

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ocean1
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   Posted 3/9/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to hear about your pharmacist making the remarks.  I don't know what they were but it must have really scared you.  If you feel the remarks were bad, you can report the pharmacist.  Have you tried a different pharmacy?  I did switch about a year ago from one pharmacy to another as I had bad experiences with the prior pharmacist.  Made a huge difference for me.  If my doctor gives me a prescription, I know I can trust my pharmacist to answer any and all questions I have (which is usually quite a few as I will not take a drug until I check it out thoroughly).  Also, Percy, whenever a story comes on TV about a health issue or drug or anything like that, my therapist said to immediately switch channels or turn off the TV quick as these can even get us to over-think things.  I hope you can stay in the moment and only worry about what you can control right now.  Also, to help with the "allergy issue", keep a log of what you eat and such and see if you can track a pattern of any kind with the hives or blushing.  It will be a great help to the allergist to see if there is a regular "pattern" and it may help you narrow down to one specific thing or things.  It helped me keep my health anxiety down as I felt like I was taking control of my health and being pro-active in coming up with a solution to the problem (though no allergy was ever found).  Kept me in the present and focused on the task at hand.

Diane
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   Posted 3/10/2009 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   

percycat

Dang the Anxiety to Hades.  I am sorry your Health Anxiety is kicking in but I think you do have a right to be concerned.

You may have already posted this and I did not see it but do you carry an EpiPenĀ® auto-injector ? With your allergies that would seem to me to be a good thing to have with you at all times.

The pen would give you the security you need  should you have a bad reaction you would have the means to medicate yourself or your family to use it for you.

Yes please do not  over read the internet.  I was actually reading the  Prescription drug manual at work yesterday and fianlly put it away going bah...............the heck with it.

I am truly happy to see you back and know we are all here for you.

Hugs
Kitt


 

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   Posted 3/10/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Percy just wanted to add my welcome back to you too!!! So glad that you are feeling better. Now try to kick the anxiety to the curb!! Hoping and praying your therapy goes well for you today, and then the doctors get your allergies figured out.

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   Posted 3/10/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Percy!

I am so glad to see you again and I am sorry that you are still suffering my friend. With all the great advice on here, I don't know much else to say except I missed you and am so glad you are back with us again. I pray your allergist figures out what is going on so you can make a full recovery. Have you been doing any CBT for the health anxiety? I hope you find something that helps you :)

Take care now!
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percycat
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   Posted 3/10/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for the love and support. It *REALLY* means a lot!

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percycat
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   Posted 3/11/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
All,

So now it seems that my reflux has decided to act up again in the way it used to before I started medication for it. I get this "sense" of not being able to breathe well, and with my phobia of developing an allergy (Kitt and all, I actually only have the one), it send me into a panic that my throat will close.

I try to tell myself that I've got enough experience now to recognize it. Yes, it's *very* frightening, but I can feel that it seems to be more muscles in my throat and esophagus than spontaneous swelling. And, it goes away when I stand and usually only occurs on one side of my throat. Plus, I ate more than 3 hours ago, and it was the same leftovers I had 2 days ago with no problems at all. Thanks for letting me vent my reasons not to be afraid, even though I am scared whenever I feel it.

I've been to many doctors and believe I've gotten the correct treatment. When my reflux meds work, I'm great. When they're not working, on top of this drug allergy confirmation and fear of developing a food allergy, my anxiety just takes the fear and runs with it. I know you all understand how that goes.

I do have an appointment next week to ask questions about my drug reaction (and whether I need an EpiPen and Medicalert bracelet), as well as to get tested for this old favorite food that I'm newly afraid of. I've been more diligent about taking my medication at good times in my daily schedule, and last night I knew I'd have trouble choking awake, so I just slept in the recliner from the get-go. Slept great for the first time in 3 nights.

Sorry to ramble - I just need to release some steam from this phobia. By the way, my therapist and I will be trying EMDR next week. Oddly enough, the allergy phobia is very closely imitating my beliefs from an abusive relationship from the past, so perhaps using EMDR about that can help me change the related "stinkin' thinkin'" about my health.

I'll look for an old thread to post about the EMDR as it happens, or else start a new one. This will be a new kind of treatment for me, and I'm happy to share how it goes.

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   Posted 3/11/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Puss.Puss
You have been missed and
I am so glad you saw the therapist again with hopefully a good plan on the rising

Keep fighting the great fight and I know you WILL get to the bottom of all of this
My thoughts heart and prayers are with you
Luvs
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   Posted 3/11/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Hang in there Percy. We are all here for you :-)

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   Posted 3/12/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Good to have you back percycat Missed you loads :P
 


stkitt
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   Posted 3/12/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Percy,

Good Morning, I know that feeling of the GERD kicking in.  I had a lousy Monday with a bit of drama in my afternoon and I lost it to anxiety and obsessive thinking so my GERD kicked in and I was up in the middle of the night with severe heartburn and regurg.............ugh. 

I am proud of you for being proactive and please do ask about the epi pen.  I used to carry one as I had an  anaphylaxis reaction to Tetracycline. I never needed to use it. smilewinkgrin

Thinking of you and sending hugs your way.

Kitt

 


 

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percycat
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   Posted 3/12/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt,

Yes, actually I'm much calmer this evening about the possibilities of caring for an allergy. I know I'm doing the things that will keep me safe right now, and I'll be talking with an expert soon, so I've actually succeeding in staying in the moment for once!

Hugs right back,
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   Posted 3/12/2009 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Sweet Percy, sorry I've not been here for you. It sounds like you are working through things so amazingly well. If (naughty) you are going to surf the net can I suggest healthline.com (not trying to promote, just like the suggestions)...allergies can affect you in so many ways doll, so don't feel negative about it or put your dear self down. Let us know how you go.

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