I'm just back from my day getting tested for allergies. It was quite a pleasant procedure, actually, but that's due to the excellent nurse who conducted them. I wish us all such fantastic medical professionals in our every encounter.
I am *very* slightly allergic to many things, but not symptomatic - i.e., I've not really noticed *any* symptoms, but I came up as postive to only the *very* highest concentration of allergen serum for several things like molds and cats and a few trees and weeds. So I'm not worried about that. Furthermore, my doctor suggested very conservative treatment for now, and that fits my sense of the issue as well.
He is *ADAMANT* that my shortness of breath sensations and throat tension are due to not aggressive enough treatment of my reflux, and will see me again in just 3 months to follow up on the stronger med dosage I'm now taking. I asked him repeatedly, and he consistently replied:
THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT ANYTHING IS WRONG WITH MY LUNGS,
MY THROAT WILL NOT CLOSE UP,
I WILL NOT STOP BREATHING,
Regarding the anxiety, he is realistic enough to point out up front that it may come after I get this sensation of breathing trouble, which was always my take on it during the first 3 years of nondiagnosis.
So anyhow, I just wanted to share the news with you all and take the time to put in big capital letters for myself that I (seem to be - sigh, shame on me for needing that disclaimer) healthy.
That said, I had a couple of quick anxiety attacks on the drive home from smelling campfire smoke (attack lasted less than 60 seconds) and sharing the news with colleagues (lasted maybe 5 minutes). Both times, my peak flow meter was right at usual for me and nowhere near the "red zone", so I'm trusting that this was just anxiety.
(Addendum - I've been continuing to have the little SoB episodes periodically this afternoon, so I called the doctor's office and they told me to go ahead and take a Benadryl and stay calm; call them tomorrow if I don't improve. So far since benadryl, I feel better. Guess I've may have some more testing to ask about.)
I'm trying to take a more upbeat attitude right now, but know that it will be a struggle for a bit, as I've been worried about this health issue for some time now and have gotten several years of negative reinforce about it. Tomorrow I begin a new treatment with my threapist to focus on my health anxiety.
Thanks for tolerating such a long post,
PS - Cross-posting in Allergies/Asthma: a question -- Does my sense that I'm just still anxious today seem to fit with what I'm describing about the anxiety attacks (short of breath) on the drive home? I mean, if you're having an asthma attack, does it just quit on its own in literally 1 minute, and is your peak flow still normal for you?
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DX: Anxiety, Depression, LPR (acid reflux)
Meds: Paxil, Nexium, Zantac
Post Edited (percycat) : 4/23/2009 2:02:24 PM (GMT-6)