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Posted on: Fri, 03/10/2000 - 8:37am
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Joined: 11/10/1999 - 09:00

pPA is not genetic; susceptibility to allergies is. I believe the stats are that your kid is twice as likely to have food allergies as a child with no allergic parents./p

Posted on: Fri, 03/10/2000 - 10:34am
Lisa M's picture
Joined: 03/07/1999 - 09:00

pPanic attacks while driving is one of the most common scenarios. My sister's anxiety disorder started that way, then it got to where she couldn't go into stores. Then she didn't feel like she could leave her house. She finally saw her dr. who prescribed Xanax and Paxil. She has told me many times that if her child had pa like my son, she doesn't know what she would do. Good luck everyone. This is so hard./p

Posted on: Sat, 03/11/2000 - 6:08pm
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Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

pWhat Katie said is the same thing that I've been told - specific allergies are NOT inherited, just the tendency toward allergies in general. Since both my husband and I have environmental and food allergies our kids are pretty much doomed. We had our son first tested when he was 3 but should probably have done it sooner. Our pedi told me to wait until my daughter turns 2 to have her tested because the testing before then has such a high chance of false results both + and -. The best way to avoid food allergies in your children is to avoid giving them any food until they are 6 months old and wait on the highly allergenic stuff as long as possible. I've heard Drs. are now saying to wait to introduce peanuts until the age of 5. Also, breastfeeding is supposed to help./p
pOne interesting/odd thing though is that my son has the EXACT same food allergies as I have and they're not all common allergens. Makes me wonder sometimes./p

Posted on: Mon, 03/13/2000 - 1:25am
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Joined: 03/08/2000 - 09:00

pI am PA and I get extremely paranoid after I eat. I especially get nervous when I go out to eat at a restaurant (I don't eat fast food anymore). The only time I feel safe is when I eat fruit or vegetables or cook something completely from scratch. Luckily my boyfriend is very understanding. He doesn't eat any peanut products unless he's going on an extended business trip and will not be seeing me for a few days. If he were to eat peanuts and kiss me my lips would blow up. Thankfully I'm a pretty good cook, so he doesn't mind eating at home!/p

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2000 - 10:36am
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Joined: 03/24/2000 - 09:00

pMike,br /
I am an adult with allergies to nuts, frest fruit and vegetables and I have panic attacks. I had the panic attacks before the food allergies and they have become worse since. I get anxious EVERY time I eat something I did not cook from scratch myself. If I have an anxiety attack after eating I am never sure if it's just anxiety or a reaction. It's a double whammy and I hate it. I am on medication for the panic attacks but they still occur and usually in relation to food. I'm sure this is "normal" anxiety considering our circumstances. I thought I was the only one who had this problem. I never know if I should "shoot" myself with the epipen or wait it out. It's usually just anxiety but it's a vicious circle and it's exausting. I hope they develop a vaccine soon. That is my only hope for ever being able to enjoy life fully again. Nuts will never go away and the people who are not allergic to them don't understand and will not change their ways for a few less fortunate. I know that sounds cynical but I truly believe our efforts should be to support each other, make a lot of noise to educate others and push for research, research, research. Please email me at [email]cdesign99@yahoo.com[/email] if you'd like./p

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2000 - 1:14pm
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pMike, my ex-husband suffered panic attacks while driving to the point where he had to pull the car over to the side of the road. He was prescribed valium and went into psychotherapy. He also lessened his driving.br /
I suffered panic attacks long before I had children and long before I had a PA child. I do notice my stress levels rising (although this does not = a panic attack) when I'm out with the kids and there may be food involved.br /
I definitely think you should see someone re your panic attacks, but, to me, it makes sense that you're afraid to eat because of your PA. I would suggest therapy and perhaps an anti-anxiety medication - both of these seemed to work for my ex and myself and we did not have the PA factor involved. I feel so much for you - it has actually been a space of time since I last experienced one, but they are the most horrible things and no one can understand what you're talking about unless they've actually experienced one themselves. I hope you'll be okay! Best wishes. Also, if coming to this site disturbs you, as it did me when I first starting coming, don't come. I know that a lot of people find it very distressing and can't seem to step back from other people's posts and realize that they or their children are okay and we don't have to worry about every word that is written on this site. Do you know what I mean? I learned that very quickly, but I notice quite a few people get very easily freaked out by visiting this site and I really recommend that if it freaks you out, don't do it. Best wishes, again, I really feel for you! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2001 - 9:09pm
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Joined: 05/01/2001 - 09:00

pI just wanted to raise this thread again because I have had panic attacks for a few years now. Since I have finished my exams a few weeks ago I have only had 1. But whenever I get really upset or even when I laugh too much, I hyperventilate. I used to get them if I was having injections or blood tests but not any more. My doctor suggested that I should stop drinking coffee, but I rarely drink it anyway. With regards to PA and panic attacks, I do get them, but I also get them when I have to explain it to someone who really isn't taking it seriously, or I am on a school trip and they put me in danger, because it makes me worry a lot. Some people claim that it just an attention thing, but anyone who knows me always makes a point that I am simply not one to draw attention to myself (even when it is necessary)./p
pTake carebr /

Posted on: Fri, 06/29/2001 - 6:15am
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Joined: 06/02/2000 - 09:00

pHello all! /p
pIt's been a long time since I've written anything, but this really hits home with me. I am 25 years old and been peanut allergic as long as I can remember. The allergy was (fortunately) not as severe when I was a child. Mostly itching and a little swelling, but never enough to send me to the emergency room. The attacks began to get more serious and when I was 18 I had to be hospitalized for the first time. I started doing lots of research on this allergy and anaphylaxis (sp). At 19, I started having panic attacks (of course, not realizing what they were) Three times, I gave myself the epi-pen thinking I was having an allergic reaction. I went to the hospital 2 other times, convinced I was having a heart attack. Finally, after a year of this, a doctor suggested it might be panic attacks. By this point, I was afraid to drive, to leave the house unless I could be positive there would be no peanuts anywhere, anything. I was having panic attacks 5-7 times a day and EVERYTIME I thought that is was possibly a reaction to peanuts. It was awful. I started seeing a therapist who helped me with the panic and I took Paxil for 1 1/2 yrs. This did not help me overnight, but I have come a considerable way. I try to run through a checklist in my head anytime I have a panic attack that is questionable. .Because I feel like I can't swallow, and I get light-headed and tingly when I have a panic attack, I've found that I can usually distinguish a couple of other way:br /
I feel my lips to see if I have any hives. Those are usually the first sign. If I don't have hives, then I start breathing slowly. In through the nose, out through the mouth. A brown paper bag will help you from hyperventilating and will help to calm you down sometimes. Once I start breathing more calmly, I try to drink some water if possible. That helps me to see if I can swallow, still. If I can at that point, then I am fairly sure I am not reacting to peanuts (no hives anywhere else, no noticeable swelling, no more severe itching) Once I'm sure I'm not reacting, I really focus on not letting the panic attack control me. For example, if I'm driving (and as corny as this sounds, believe me) I'll say to myself, "Okay, Panic Attack, you can come back when I get home, but I just can't deal with you when I'm driving, or working, or . . .etc." I will repeat it over and over and I think that it forces my body to start calming down. I'm not saying that my way of dealing with it will work for everyone, but I totally understand where you are coming from. It can get frustrating to not only have this allergy, but then have panic on top of it. It can be hard to distinguish between the two. Reading you message was like reading something I would have written! I'm sorry to ramble on and on, this is just such a strong subject with me. I've seen where I've been with the allergy, and how I'm dealing with it so much better now. I hope and pray for the same with all of you dealing with this! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Also, I am back in school to study physchology and food allergy. When I graduate, I will be working with families and people with food allergies only, so if anyone has any advice of their own or ideas, please. . . .let me know! You can e-mail at:br /
[email]jendeffenbaugh@hotmail.com[/email]br /
Sorry I took up so much space! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p

Posted on: Fri, 04/19/2002 - 12:55pm
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Joined: 03/26/2001 - 09:00

pHelp!! I haven't posted in quite a while. I decided to take a look to see if anyone else feels like me. Sure enough there was an old topic. I have my PA daughter in kindergarten this year, first time she has been out of my site. The year is almost over and I have been having panic attacks daily( except sat and sun when she is home). I cant' take anything since I am nursing by 9 month old boy. Any ideas on how to deal with this. I cry all the time, every time I lay down to sleep I have horrible flashes. My daughter has never had a reaction to peanut, or used the epi-pen yet. I am so scared that something is going to happen. Things have been going well for the last few months. I just am making myself sick and having those painful panic attacks. I have had them before, but only a few times. Now I worry all day, just waiting to meet the bus to see she is okay. I have three other children, two of which have no food allergies, the baby is too young yet. I dont' want the others to think I love them less than the PA sibling, but they can see I am worried non-stop. My husband seems to not have any worries about our PA child. Life goes on every day for him without the stresses I seem to have. I am so worried, scared, basically I am an emotional mess. I don't know how to calm down over this. I cry often, worry more then that. I know I can't keep her in a bubble, but that sure sounds great. I already don't allow her to go to any friends homes, they are all welcome here. I babysit another child her age so she has alot of contact with kids. HELP!!!!!ANY ideas would be great. I need a support group in the West Palm Beach area. Thank you for the venting./p

Posted on: Fri, 04/19/2002 - 2:15pm
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Joined: 03/23/2002 - 09:00

pI know how you feel too, I have always been a rather anxious type of person but last year really started to go "off the rails" after my daughter was diagnosed first with food allergies, then with kidney reflux. I wondered just where was it going to end...every time she got sick I imagined she had some dreadful disease instead of the cold or cough that she really had. It got to the point where i was seeing problems with her health that really didnt exist. To give an example, if I saw a bruise I convinced myself that she had leukemia or something just as awful. I cried all the time, lost so much weight because i couldnt eat, and couldnt sleep.I think the food allergies have made my imagination run wild. Anyhow I knew I had a problem and got counselling which has really helped but I know that I will always be prone to this kind of anxiety so I constantly have to practice the methods i was taught to keep my fears in check. The time has come this year to put my daughter into preschool, (I could put it off but I know it is important for her to learn to socialise and learn to separate from me and for me to get some balance back in my life). I have to say the thought terrifies me, and I am taking my time to find as safe an environment for her to be in. I really hope I cope with her being at a preschool, like you, this will be the first time we will have been apart, but I know it is an important step for me. All I can say to you is if you feel you could do with some help, please don't feel embarressed to ask a professional or a friend (I know at first I was embarressed that I wasn't coping which put me off asking for help). It is a hard thing to deal with but I can honestly say that it can get better with lots of help and support. I don't know if I will ever be anxiety free, but at least I have learnt better ways of coping. Now when I have a bad attack...and yes I do still have them unfortunately, I recover more quickly and i have them less frequently. I truely hope you can find a way to feel better about things and if you would like to talk further, or need some support please don't hesitate to email me. Carol/p



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