Posted 4/22/2014 11:45 AM (GMT -6)
After a miserable day with my allergy shot yesterday, I am reaching out for help and any suggestions.
I've been getting shots for about a year now. On one of the shots, I am on the maintenance dose, but I have been struggling with the other. I've had reactions maybe the past 3/7 times (I believe the current Spring allergens are affecting it), and they've lowered the dose. The reactions include redness of throat (one time), severe congestion (a few times), and sometimes shortness of breath. My anxiety with these experiences is getting worse and worse, making me dread the weekly shots. Yesterday, for example...
I got the one, weekly shot. I sat for thirty minutes, feeling a slight reaction but nothing major. I walked down to my car and noticed my throat was red and itchy. I went back upstairs and notified them. I was immediately put into a room and my vitals were monitored. Blood pressure was high but not too bad. My shoulder had a small red bump and some redness but nothing major.
My usual doctor was not there that day but the other doctor was. After reprimanding the nurses for not telling her quicker (they told her immediately, I think she was grumpy), she tended to me. Like my usual doctor, she explained with uncertainty that I should be okay. She gave me a shot of Benedryll, which had helped with previous reactions. I lied down for about 15 minutes and felt better.
While paying my copay, one of the nurses mentioned how at their other office a patient had died from a reaction. Why she told me this at this moment, I have no clue, but when I arrived home I had such a severe panic attack that the paramedics were called. I explained to the paramedics that I wasn't certain if this was anxiety or a reaction to my shot.
The rest of the day was hell, living in fear of my reaction getting worse and sending me to the hospital. My arm was swollen and I had shortness of breath. I think from the panic attack.
I am losing faith in my doctor, and I'm not sure if I can finish these shots with the reactions and/or anxiety attacks. I can't tell the difference between a reaction and anxiety, and how serious it is, e.g. a tight chest.
I'm really struggling, and would love to hear any experiences or advice. I am 26 M and tend to have anxiety on occasions but nothing like yesterday.