I had a reaction tonight

Posted on: Fri, 03/28/2008 - 2:49pm
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I dropped my 14 yr old son(PA TNA) at his friends house and decided to treat my mom, daughter and self to dairy queen. We got there ordered and sat down to eat. I got the peanut buster parfait since my son was not with us. We ate then left. We got almost all the way home and I began having problems breathing, tonuge felt wierd and big. We were by this time about 3 blocks from home. I got home and was having more issues face feeling hot and turning red a little itching but no visible hives. So I broke out my sons benadryl and that helped. So now I am making plans to see the dr. and ask them to run some tests. Part of me denied what was happening trying to chalk it up to a panic attack. The other part says oh no maybe I have the same thing my son has.

Posted on: Fri, 03/28/2008 - 3:39pm
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So sorry to hear what happened. It does sound like a reaction...I know panic attacks make it hard to breathe, but I've never heard of one affecting the tongue. I think your wise to check it out with the doctor.

Posted on: Sat, 03/29/2008 - 3:10am
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So sorry to hear about your frightening experience. I'm glad the benedryl helped and that you are feeling better. Also glad you're getting in to see a doctor too.

Posted on: Sat, 03/29/2008 - 7:01am
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I've had an allergic reaction since my son was diagnosed. I have no known allergies and I ate lunch at a 'fancy' restaurant and I have no idea what to possible start testing for. I had gnocchi with pumpkin,sage and saffron and who knows what else. Dessert (tiramisu) too, which is always risky to eat out.
Really makes you paranoid, doesn't it? I was off-balance for a while after that. I have no idea how much of my reaction was a reaction and how much was a panic attack, knowing what I knew about ana reactions. I didn't imagine the hives or the itching (which lasted for days) but I wasn't sure about swallowing, breathing, etc. My GP immediately gave me an Rx for an epi even though I never had any allergy testing done. That was over a year ago. I was 37 and never experienced anything like that before. No one in my family had allergies but myself, my sister and my brother each had one out of two kids with a PN or TN allergy. My sister always hated nuts. I believe that something is triggering more allergies but they aren't 'new'. My generation had the predisposition but they never happened. It seems like we're carriers in my family.
I've eaten PB a few times just to be sure since my son was dx'd but I realized that I stopped eating tree nuts. Last time I tried PB, I was fine but ended up with diarrhea later in the evening. I ate greasy enchiladas for dinner but I still wonder. I'm pregnant now and avoiding for that reason but I'm too paranoid to eat any pb or treenuts anyway.

Posted on: Sat, 03/29/2008 - 10:53am
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Good to hear you're alright and that you are following up with your dr. I've been wondering if I am developing reactions to PN too, and have thought maybe it was paranoia. I noticed it last Fall when I was out of town on business. I usually treat myselft to ice cream or candy with peanuts in it while out of town. I had Boston Baked Beans (candy-coated peanuts) and my nose started to run. I had no issue before eating the candy, so I thought it was weird. I got nervous, and stopped eating them. I had the same thing happen a few weeks ago with Girl Scout cookies. I bought the ones with PB and kept them at my office. When I ate two cookies, my nose started to run and my tongue flt itcht. OH, boy, did I get really nervous. I still have not checked with my dr, but I am sure am wondering if I am developing the allergy now too. I have a ton of envior allergies, and have had reactions to fruits before, but never to nuts or PB. This would be new one.

Posted on: Sat, 03/29/2008 - 10:55am
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Itching is not a symptom of a panic attack. This was an allergic reaction...plz take seriously and avoid peanuts.

Posted on: Sat, 03/29/2008 - 11:06pm
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So scary! I'm glad that you are going to your dr to get allergy tested. Let us know how it goes and what you find out.

Posted on: Sun, 03/30/2008 - 11:54am
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One can most definitely get hives from emotional stress.

Posted on: Mon, 03/31/2008 - 5:48am
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Well, I went to the DR. today and was told because this was not the first time in the past couple of months that something like this had happened I am considered to be allergic. They do not do allergy testing in a case like this. I know sounds weird huh! But becasue both of my kids have some form of food allergies: son PA/TNA/DAIRY/FAVA BEAN and daughter FAVA BEAN/Shellfish as well as I was allergic to strawberries when younger The DR. said just consider yourself allergic here is a perscription for an epi-pen and benadryl.
Now I get to draft a letter for my students parents to inform them so that there are not a lot of peanuts brought into my classroom. Thank you all for your input.

Posted on: Tue, 04/01/2008 - 2:33am
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Well it does sound quite likely, doesn't it.

Posted on: Tue, 04/01/2008 - 2:34am
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the one thing i wonder re panic v. allergy... were you concered before you ate it? i am a firm believer that someone can psych themselves out bad enough to cause a physical reaction (trust me, im the queen of making mountains out of molehills)... imo it sounds more like an allergy, if for no other reason than it doesnt seem like you had any issue with eating it, so why would you panic about something? idk if that came out right, im just waking up and having a hard time expressing stuff today! anyways, its itneresting that people may develop allergies with so much avoidance of their own... interesting theory.. ive heard that one theory of so much pa is actually due to waiting to ingest until later, and then theyre allergic because its such a "foreign" substance... very interesting. i developed PA while prego with my pa son, but it went away after birth. i eat peanuts somewhat frequently still, of course only when away from ds! it does sound like a reaction to me, and i would be headed to the dr asap!

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