I usually post on the Anxiety/Panic Forum, but I have a question that perhaps you all can answer for me.
The situation is that I am developing a phobia about having allergies that will kill me. I have been tested for many kinds of things (RAST tests all) and am Class 0 on all but ragweed. I have no food allergies although I feared them for ages and had a phobia of eating nuts, though I can now do so safely. The symptom that makes me fear allergies is shortness of breath or globus sensation - diagnosed as GERD. My ENT doctor is quite clear that all my symptoms are extremely consistent with GERD.
The latest fear is walking/being in the woods.
Two weeks ago I went for a short walk in the woods (uphill). Experienced a little shortness of breath, but it went away and I was able to walk home 10 minutes trhough the woods with no troubles.
Last weekend, I met my men folk for a campfire dinner. While in the woods, I had a brief and frightening sensation of not being able to breath (had been worrieda bout the previous episode). I stood up, walked about the campsite for a bit, then walked to the restroom 1/4 mile away. When I returned, I was able to stay at the campsite for another 1-1/2 hours with no difficulty at all.
Such episodes - shortness of breath on an uphill hike, but then it goes away and I can walk out (albeit scared) have happened twice before in the past 3 years.
Then, Thursday, I had the worst yet - didn't get short of breath until back at the house, reclining (GERD acting up, perhaps), took a puff of albuterol (I've never done that before) and straight back into the woods to fight the phobia. Turned around about 5 minutes in to go to the ER, felt like I couldn't breathe on the way. Now during all this time, I was wearing a pulse oximeter and BP cuff. BP was always high, oximeter reading was alwya s98%. No wheezing, no difficulty speaking to my hubby, just a sense of not enough air. I've been tested for asthma, by the way, and I don't have anything like that.
Since then, I've been pushing myself to go out to the woods for a walk twice a day, then we drive to the ER waiting room and just sit until I feel safe again. I haven't had the same terror on any of our last 5-6 little walks in the same woods.
Anyhow, here's my question: when you get short of breath from allergies/when you anaphylax, does it just go away all on its own? My doctors try to reassure me that the fact that I'm not wheezing, my oximeter readings and BP are fine, and that it clears up on its own mean I'm not in danger of having my airway close.
Any advice is appreciated, but please try not to scare me any more than I already am. And thanks for letting me wander over from Anxiety/Panic.
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Post Edited (percycat) : 4/14/2009 2:41:58 PM (GMT-6)