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   Posted 4/23/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
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:
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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Post Edited (percycat) : 4/23/2009 2:02:24 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/23/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Percy,

I am so glad you did well at the allergy testing and that you had a great health care professional to work with.  Hurrah !.

Re your question which I am sure the Allergy/Asthma group can answer better, some asthmatics may be free of symptoms most of the time. They may experience shortness of breath only on rare occasions and for short periods. So yes you can have a short period of SOB. Asthmatic attacks vary in their length as well as seriousness. Some attacks last only a few minutes. Others go on for hours or even days. Except in the most severe cases, patients recover from even the most serious asthma attacks.

I have GERD and I have some SOB and sometimes when I am laying in bed I can hear a slight wheeze so I am thinking whatever I am experiencing is GERD related.

I told my Doctor once of the wheeze and he listened and did not hear any wheeze...........well of course not it was not happenening at that moment.  So I invited him home to bed with me.....................giggle. I did not really but I did not worry anymore as I do fine.

Take care my dear Percy and whooooooo hooooo.
You made it through the appointment.

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   Posted 4/23/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Percycat, I'm so happy for you. Nothing like getting a clean bill of health from the doctor. I wouldn't think an asthma attack would go away so quickly, but wait and hear from someone with asthma. I think you were frightened one time from shortness of breath, and now whenever you feel this way from exercising or anxiety, you begin to freak out. The adrenalin flows and the whole cycle begins. Believe me, girlfriend, I've been there many, many times. This reaction can be unlearned.

I've said before that Benadryl is a wonderful drug. (It shouldn't be abused, of course.) Benadryl is great for anxiety but people need to make sure it can be taken with other meds. Now you know you can take Benadryl whenever needed.

You may continue having anxiety attacks but they will soon subside. Stay in the present and only allow positive self talk. Hang in there!
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   Posted 4/23/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   

I want you to know how inspiring your story has been for me.....the courage and 'stick-to-it' attitude you've had, and the openness you've shown in sharing every step with us. I am SO HAPPY to read that good news from your doc. I know you can and will get through this!!! (((hugs)))
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   Posted 4/23/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Raniah, Aries, and Kitt!

Just knowing that I can share all my worries with folks who won't think I'm wasting their time is so helpful. You all are wonderful!

I'm hanging out and having a decent evening for the first time in weeks. I'm trying to trust that even though the SoB probem still seems to be unanswered, I do have one answer from experience, and that's that Benadryl stopped it today! Hurray! And I'll talk with the doc ASAP (maybe not 'til Monday) to find out what we do next, since it did happen again.

I think I can handle not ever understanding how much the breathing stuff is GERD, anxiety, or allergies, so long as I know how to make it stop, and have the skills to deal with the anxiety it brings along.

This forum has been such a blessing in helping me to learn ways to cope, accept, and appreciate!

Hugs, all,


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