Panic anyone?

Posted on: Sat, 05/05/2001 - 12:30pm
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pI developed pa tna as an adult I live alone. I have had a few mild reactions to unknown sources unlabelled foods recently and I've started to panic every time I eat, worried with every bite that I'm going to die without ever being able to call for an ambulance, buzz them in, etc. Anyone else have this experience? How do you handle it? Meds are not an option./p

Posted on: Sat, 05/05/2001 - 1:19pm
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What products did you react too? It is always so disturbing to hear this. I can totally understand how you feel. Every time I give my son something that has even the remotest possibility of cross contamination, my stomach does flip flops, and my tongue does a strange thing I cannot describe and I get a different taste in my mouth until I am sure everything is going to be ok.

Posted on: Sat, 05/05/2001 - 9:03pm
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My heart goes out to you. I do not have an allergy, however my nine year old son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. I have this fear every time he eats anything. My heart races and I think the worst. My fear is that I am passing this along to him although I try to hid it as best I can. I am very careful in what I give to him, but being certain that there has been no cross-contamination is difficult. The positive way to look at this is that this fear probably has helped to save your life more than once. There are to many young adults willing to take risks when they shouldn't. Be cautious and safe. Talk to the doctor regarding your panic attacks. I try to count to ten very slowly and tell myself that everything will be fine. Hang in there!

Posted on: Sat, 05/05/2001 - 11:41pm
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sillyfeline, What if you were to get a lifeline,so that if you were having an attack what you would do is pull the string and it rings into the rescue squad? I am not sure of where you live and if it is an option,but at least if you were unable to speak you could get to the chord. I know that you probably do worry about this a lot,but as far as advise I can not tell you any because lord knows I am a worrrier. Best wishes Claire

Posted on: Sun, 05/06/2001 - 1:51am
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Well, the "nice thing" about having pa as a child (if it could be put that way) is that, should you react, someone will care for you & you will get help. As an adult, if you cannot speak or lose consciousness, you die a horrible itchy gasping death. I don't think there is such a "rescue squad" in NYC (unless you're wealthy or elderly) & anyway, what if you go down alone on the street or a subway?
As for the reactions, airplanes aren't clean & nearly all food products are at risk for cross-contamination. I've had more reactions in the last 2 months than I did the first 5 yrs with these stupid food allergies.

Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2001 - 1:10pm
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Good thread to remind everyone to wear a medic alert type bracelet declaring your allergy and medications you need, and carry your Epi-Pens AT ALL TIMES!!!
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Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2001 - 11:31pm
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Sillyfeline,
I am an adult with PA and I know exactly how you feel. Some days I'm fine, not a worry in the world, however, some days, I worry about the air I breathe, the touch of a person or the bite of food I am about to put in my mouth. You are not alone. A few of my friends have suggested that I see a doctor about my anxiety or what I consider panic attacks.
Sometimes even before I put a bite of food in my mouth, my heart begins to race and I wonder is today the day I'm going to have a reaction. My last reaction was October 13, 2000, however, I have had two small (minor) reactions this month and to what I have no idea. Usually when I have a minor reaction like the ones I have experienced this month, I only had a few hives (no breathing problems) it's usually due to cross contamination.
My best advice to you is to just stay calm no matter what! My allergist said the number 1 thing that makes a reaction worst is our mental reaction. When he said that I knew he was right, but how do you stay calm when you know what the possible outcome is. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] However, I have found that my last bad reaction was not as bad because I tried to keep myself calm and as relaxed as I could which did slow if not stop the reaction sooner. Make sure to always read labels and ask all the questions you can, but try and not let this rule your life!
We can make it through!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Mel

Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 4:46am
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Thanks, Mel. I know you're right, & it does help to know I'm not the only one who flips out about this. I've had a few weeks of reacting nearly every time I eat. It's making me paranoid.

Posted on: Mon, 05/14/2001 - 5:32am
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I have noticed in the last few weeks I have been getting hives and I attribute this to my outdoor allergies I have to be extra careful as to what I eat during this time of year until it freezes again, all of my major reactions have happened during peak allergy season times, was just wondering if this might be part of your problem too??Good luck!!

Posted on: Wed, 07/18/2001 - 9:32am
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Hi, SillyFeline (and Melanie).
This is exactly my situation as well.
A few weeks back, at around midnight, I had a snack, and began to experience breathing tightness. I took some Claritin and Benadryl. After about an hour on the phone, the reaction (moderate) began to reverse. But we never really know whether it will progress, do we?
It's normal to feel at least somewhat anxious when you know that something as mundane as eating can be dangerous. The flip side is that this wariness can help us stay safe.
Take care!
[This message has been edited by Anna (edited September 02, 2001).]

Posted on: Fri, 10/05/2001 - 6:56am
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Dear SillyFeline- I had panic attacks before I became allergic to nuts, fruits and veggies. I have been taking med. (very low dosage) for years. Still, it doesn't really help with the nut allergy. I do relate to the panic almost everytime I eat something. I cook all my own food and won't touch anything someone else has made. I just read some posts on Manufacturer Board about Flours being unsafe and that just about did me in. My diet is so limited I'm a little concerned about wasting away. This is a very difficult thing to deal with as an adult. It limits your life in ways other people don't understand. I think our best hope is that science will come up with a treatment and nuts will eventually lose their "gourmet-health-glamour". It wasn't like this 20 years ago. You could actually get a plain cup of coffee. Who'd of thought of putting nut flavor in coffee!!!!!! It's a tough battle, but we have to have faith that we will get through it.
-C
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