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June 13, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

Rough Day

So, I went to the allergist this morning, and the good news is that I’m not allergic to any of the things they tested me for.  I don’t remember the whole list, but it included cats, dogs, milk, wheat, rice, dust mites, and some grasses and trees; I think Oak and Poplar were on that list.  I have to go back in July for the rest of the tests because they can’t all be done in one day.

They did several sticks in my back and nine sub-dermal things on my arm.  It was uncomfortable, but it was the repetitive sticking and poking that made it so.  The first one or two or three were tolerable, but by the time she was almost done, I found myself asking, in a tight voice, “Are we almost done?”, both with the back and the arm.

The doctor is suspecting mild asthma, which my mother has (though hers isn’t mild), but I opted just to watch it with future testing because I don’t wheeze or feel that I can’t get enough air when I breathe, and some of the low score could be from my weight.

He prescribed an antihistamine nasal spray for the nasal inflammation and sinus congestion, which apparently isn’t caused by an allergy (unless it’s one of the things I’ll be tested for next time).  He agrees that it could be from a food intolerance or sensitivity, or from something that is irritating me, like a perfume or something.  I’m going to go without perfume for a few weeks, just to see what happens.

I am still having the nasal/sinus symptoms, even without milk, however tonight I made a mistake and mixed up my soy milk with SS’s regular milk and we both drank each other’s by mistake, and I am having a lot of the gas/bloating symptoms, so perhaps I’ll need to continue without it.

The thing that made my day a rough one was that I had another anxiety reaction, after the allergy testing.  Again, it was after the actual anxiety-producing event, like when I had the laser eye surgery, and it was after I thought I was fine.  I didn’t cry, though, this time, because I recognized it for what it was and just rode it out, through the part where I felt I was far away at the end of a tunnel, the chills and sweats, and the weakness and shaking.

I felt drained when I left, and once I got home, I think maybe the experience may have magnified the Fibro flare I was already experiencing before I went there, because I’ve been crying off and on all evening, hurting pretty badly and have a horrible headache, and just feel totally “off” and like all of my good energy has been sucked out.

So, I’m going to bed, and hoping to feel better tomorrow.


  1. Comment by Kerro:

    Hi there, so sorry the allergist didn’t have any solid answers for you. But you did a great job of managing your anxiety – yay! 🙂

    • Comment by lifeischange:

      Thanks, Kerro. Actually, finding out I’m not allergic to those things was helpful, and so it was a solid answer to that piece of the puzzle.

      I just hope that someday I’ll be able to get through something like that without the anxiety, even though I do feel I managed it better than I have in the past.


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