My 1st Reaction to Peanuts
Hello everyone. Previously I was only allergic to fish and shellfish. 1st reaction to fish was tingling of lips and mouth- didn't even know I was allergic. 2nd reaction to fish was severe hives inside throat. Testing showed I was allergic to fish and shellfish. Since then I carry epi pen.
About a month ago I was eating pasta and a mix of raw nuts for lunch- peanuts, sunflower seeds and almonds. I eat nuts all the time- good for the heart. Anyway- a few minutes after lunch I stood up to get something and knew immediately something was terribly wrong. I felt something rush through my body. Then I couldn't breath- I went from 100% breathing to about less than 10%. But I also had severe pain in my chest. I knew I was having an allergy problem- but wondered slightly if it was a heart attack. I called 911 immediately and said I was certain it was allergy to peanuts but could possibly be a heart attack- due to chest pain. They told me not to use my epi pen! They got there very fast. I was on the floor when they got there- could barely breath. They told me I had hives all over- I didn't even know. I threw up when they were there. I also passed out. They gave me fluids and oxygen. They determined my heart was fine. At the hospital I got massive amounts of steroids and benedryl. I also got epenephrine.
When my husband got to the hospital- he said I was almost unrecognizeable- due to the swelling in my face.
My doctor told me 911 will not 'allow' epi to be administered if someone says they are having chest pain. I did not know chest pain could accompany a food allergy. I will know for the future.
ps- the doctor in the er commented about how close I 'came' to the end.
This was my first very bad reaction. I hope it will be my last.
Know that chest pain can come with an allergy attack. Especially if your airway is restricted. Use your epi pen!!!