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Posted on: Thu, 04/08/2010 - 5:49am
mbg321's picture
Joined: 06/01/2007 - 09:00

This is what confuses me then. How do I know? I feel like this a number of times a month with no standard food trigger. So if I am not wheezing, and my lips and tongue are not swelling, then do I assume that it might be a gastro allergic reaction that I have made worse with panic. And if my heart is beating like crazy, the last thing I really want to do is add the epi pen med to my system. So I get caught in this panic of am I dying? is this the HUGE allergic reaction? Leaving in 12 days for Florida and want this to be a good vacation for my family and not one where a panic attack/allergic reaction sends me to the ER b/c I don't know what to do.

Posted on: Thu, 04/08/2010 - 9:12am
TJP's picture
Joined: 04/06/2010 - 12:33

What if when ever you are having one of these episodes make sure there is someone with you. That way if it is an allergic reaction then you will have someone there who can take charge if things get worse. If you can't have someone with you then get yourself in to the doctor to be on the safe side.
I'm sure if you had a plane in place you would put yourself at ease.

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2010 - 2:10am
MICHAELS MOM's picture
Joined: 09/23/2006 - 09:00

This may sound odd and slightly self abusive :), but can you "instigate" a panic attack at a time when there is no food in the mix? For example, I know that flying and passing tractor trailers alongside a concrete median are sure to set off my panic attacks. Maybe try this and see what your symptoms are with panic as the only factor...also to consider- I used to have panic attacks much more frequently. There is medication that can help, as can cognitive behavioral therapy. Are you new to food allergies? Even though it's been a long time since I've actually had a panic attack, being overwhelemed as ea of my sons' FA were diagnosed and trying to plan our life around them made me feel much more vulnerable to them. If I hadn't learned how to turn that process off, I'm sure I would have had several by now.


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