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percycat
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   Posted 6/27/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to use bandwidth with a new post, but I wanted to fill you all in on what's going on with me.



I just finished giving a month-long series of workshops that kept me busier than I had expected, so I *really* APOLOGIZE to all, members and co-moderators alike, for being missing without any word of explanation.



Now my health anxiety and issues are kicking back. I'm having the throat tightening sensation even though I take allergy and asthma meds to help with that. Last night, I ended up at the ER for a steroid shot. I didn't let them give my an anti-anxiety med because I wanted to test whether the shot helped on its own. Sadly, it did. For the next 45 minutes, I tried my best to bring on the physical symptoms - and was as anxious as before the ER - but no dice. This morning, when I go outdoors, I can tell that my throat "wants" to tighten, but can't so much. I'm feeling very anxious emotionally, but no throat-tightening physically. I suspect my mold allergy and will be meeting with my allergist to discuss diagnostic and treatment options.



Also worrisome, I am scheduled for a 5-1/2 week trip (business and pleasure) coming up in mid-July. I'm worried about how this symptom might affect my performance and even my safety on the trip (there's a 4-day solo drive involved). This morning I tried to tell myself that even though it's a cross-country drive, I can always get enough steroid shots to get me safely home. The drive especially has me very worried. I hope the allergist has some suggestions that make me feel safer.



I've missed you all and hope to catch up on news, but am asking forgiveness in advance if I'm not around much. During the trip, I think my internet time will also be very limited.



Love you all,

percycat

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Post Edited (percycat) : 7/19/2009 2:59:42 PM (GMT-6)


Nanners
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   Posted 6/27/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Percy,

Sorry to hear you are having allergy problems. Have you asked about oral Steroids? Maybe that would help while on your trip. Don't be such a stranger:)

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   Posted 6/27/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Percycat

Great to hear from you and no need to apologize we all have times were our life's are busy, its just good to hear from you Percy. Sorry to hear your health anxiety is causing problems and I hope your allergist can give you some answers. Try not to worry to much about your trip but I can relate to what your worries are on this as I had the same when I went on my trip during the winter, I took regular stops on my drive and split it into sections stopping off to see things on the way something you could think about?. As I said great to hear from you percycat take care and we are always here for you and im sure the rest off the gang will be along soon.

Ben

stkitt
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   Posted 6/27/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Percy,

I am sorry to hear you have had trouble with the throat swelling and I was wondering the same as Nanners about oral steroids?  Can you go on oral meds to help you on your trip?  If you are going to be gone for such a long time on your trip and away from your own physican and ER then it seems the oral meds may be necessary.

I would guess that maybe you carry an epi-pen?  Also I would assume you have a satellite cell phone so you always have service when your on trips.

Ah the nurse in me is coming out........ :-) With your severe allergies it is understandable that your anxiety is spiking.  Please do use your meds for anxiety when you need it.

Take care and be well.

Hugs
Kitt


percycat
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   Posted 6/27/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Kitt, Ben, and Gail, for the comfort and good advice.

Kitt, I do have an Epipen, but not a satellite phone. I take Singulair orally, but I don't think that's a steroid, so I plan to ask the doc about those. Asked the ER doc about using the EpiPen, since I never have any symptoms but the swelling. He says hold off unless I'm making noises breathing (I never have) else I could do more harm than good. I've always had *high* BP during these attacks (from the anxiety), and never any hives or other full-body reactions.

I just want this fixed, but the only diagnosis I ever get solidly is anxiety. It sure doesn't feel like that. Oddly enough, the chest tightness never occurs when I'm regular with my Singulair, and that was always chalked up to anxiety too.

Ah, sorry, all, for going into HA mode. We just can't seem not to list symptoms and beg for reassurance.

The main thing is, I'm safe for now, due to the Decadron (steroid) shot and can hang on until Monday to contact the allergist. If another ER trip is needed for another shot then, I can handle it. A little worried about going to my brother-in-law's truck pull tonight, but I'm taking my mask, my Epi-pen, lots of folks around, and outdoors today is not able to affect me more than a smidge.

percycat

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percycat
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   Posted 6/29/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
All,

I've been up and down this weekend. Today I did get a quicker appointment scheduled with the allergist, but it's not until tomorrow, and I've been having a tight throat off and on all day. Mostly, it happens outdoors, but it started this afternoon in my office ("sick building" basement office).

I have taken 0.25 mg ativan to see whether that makes the physical symptom go away or not. Then I can report back to the next doctor about how that worked. I don't deny that I get anxious when this happens, but my docs seem to go straight for the "anxiety caused your throat tightness" diagnosis, rather than what I'm always feeling: "throat tightness brings out my anxiety."  I just get so frightened that they're overlooking something that could hurt or kill me, and I know I sound like classic HA, but I can't help but think "I'm the one who knows how my body feels, and your explanation doesn't quite make sense."
 
I could sure use a big group hug...
percycat

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Post Edited (percycat) : 6/29/2009 4:09:46 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 6/29/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Percy,

Big Group Hug for you. No matter what is going on we are here for you.

((((((((((((((((((((Percy))))))))))))))))))))))

:-)   :-) :-) :-) Kitt :-) :-) :-) :-)


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   Posted 6/30/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
We missed you too percy tongue
 


dixibella
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   Posted 6/30/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello percy!
Sorry to hear your HA and allergies are flaring up, I'm glad you're able to see the allergist and get some help! I hope they can relieve some of your symptoms, this is my first year of experiencing allergies and I really don't think I was missing much!
Are you going somewhere interesting for your trip? I know you will do great! Just make sure you have what you need to deal with your allergies and remember there are hospitals all over the country that can help you out if you get in a bind! A 4 day solo drive sounds a little nervewracking but since its part pleasure, can you schedule any stops along the way to "see the sights"? Maybe that would help take your mind off being nervous.
*BIG HUG* Hope you are feeling better!!!
~Dixi

percycat
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   Posted 6/30/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Dixi,

Your post was just what I needed right now - a shot of hope into a situation that really has me scared.

What a blessing that you posted what and when you did - Thanks!

percycat

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percycat
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   Posted 6/30/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
All,

My visit with the allergist today was good and bad.

The good is that he believes I am having an allergy problem, and mold seems reasonable, but bad in that there's little he can do to help me until my trips are over.

He told me to double-up on Claritin, was glad to hear that I carried an EpiPen and reassured me not to be shy or embarrassed about going to the ER or using the EpiPen if I feel I'm in danger. He noted that the ER has never actually observed gasping, wheezing, or edema and told me I should be fine to take my trips.

We will followup immediately upon my return, likely for more precise testing first, and then for either allergy shots or drops.

I am scared that my throat will close during one of these episodes, but it NEVER has, I am doing all I can right now to keep myself safe (the doc even commended me for that), and there are hospitals and medical personnel available to help me if I need it all along my trip. I'm thinking of getting a steroid shot before the longest part of the drive in August, just to feel safer, but I think I'll be fine just wearing my masks outdoors and taking my meds.

I know that i will surely be leaning on all of you for support in getting through a scary diagnosis to treatment. The doc was also quite reassuring that people with severe allergies will feel anxious, and that doesn't mean our anxiety is causing the symptoms. That justification was a relief for me too, to have at least one doc that doesn't brush off my fears as being the entire problem.

Thanks for letting me vent long here - I'm scared, but trying to be strong and smart and not give up on living life.

Love to all,
percycat

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machelle
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   Posted 6/30/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
are you hyper sensitive to molds i saw a show on diagnosis x that a lady had alot health problems come to find out there was a water leak in the wall and black mold spores where everywhere, she went through alot to find out what it was they actually spores in her lungs because she was exposed for along time, she got the meds she needed and now she is doing alot better, other family members were not affected but she had hypersensitivity to mold , you may be hyper sensitive to something i hope you get better soon and get to relax soon.

percycat
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   Posted 6/30/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Machelle,

Thanks for the input. I do know that mold can infect the lungs, but so far all seems well with mine. I'll be seeing my pulmonologist again in August for my followup with him, and will see what he has to say at that point. X-rays and other tests have all been good lately, so I'm going to try to let this one wait until I get back home.

I hope you're doing better today too!

Hugs,
percycat

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machelle
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   Posted 6/30/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
thats great the x-rays are good, if its like its been over here dry for weeks my allergies have been bad , it finally rained yesterday i was so happy

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   Posted 6/30/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Percy, I'm so glad you posted. I was wondering where you were and how you were doing. Anyone who feels their throat closing or tightening is going to feel anxious. That's understandable so don't feel badly about that. It's perfectly normal! I think you're keeping it together rather well.
 
Don't worry about the trip. Find out where hospitals are along the way so you'll know just in case. It might make you more relaxed to know where they are. You'll do great! Keep us informed!
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percycat
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   Posted 7/19/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, all!

I've finally got time and access to check in from my 3-week workshop on the sunny East Coast.

The anxiety's been up and down. My allergies are better here, but the new environment makes me feel insecure about predicting them. For instance, we're being housed in dorms at a local university. Mine had black mold growing in the AC units, and I was fine one night, but had my throat constrict the second. So I asked to be moved, and my new set-up feels more secure.
Thursday, I went around, even outdoors, with no breathing issues at all, but yesterday I had a throat-closing spell that scared me so bad that I went to the ER. It will be good to get back home (in 4 more weeks) and begin identifying proper treatment with my allergist. Right now, I'm just flying on a wing and a prayer and taking tons of antihistamines daily, which was the best advice my docs could give. I do have emergency rescue meds if I really need them.

The different location has me all off kilter in dealing with my anxiety, too, because there are so many distractions. That's good in some ways, but bad in that I can't get a good handle on when I'm in health trouble and when I'm just anxious and too out of practice to tell.

All told, though, things are positive. I'll try to check in as I'm able, but that will be pretty sparse for the next month yet.

Hugs and peace to all,
percycat

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stkitt
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   Posted 7/19/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Percy,

Good to see you checking in.  I am sorry your anxiety and breathing problems are getting messed up.  I will be thinking of you and saying a prayer that the next 4 weeks go by quickly and uneventful.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

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   Posted 7/19/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Percy,
Glad to hear from you and I'm glad to hear you are staying positive and trying to enjoy your trip despite the allergy and anxiety problems! I'm on the East Coast and the weather here has been lovely over the last couple of weeks - compared to our month + of rain in June! I hope you continue to do well and check in when you can!
*HUGS*
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   Posted 7/19/2009 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Percy, hang in there! You've been through so much. I hope your allergies get better and stay positive!
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percycat
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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
All,

Thanks for the good thoughts - it makes me feel better able to keep fighting the fight. Last night was a little iffy, but I could tell that my anxiety was the main culprit. I took a Benadryl to ease my throat symptoms and then was able to let go of the anxiety, praise be!

percycat

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