posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:13 PM
a reply to: Atsbhct
Don't worry. Seriously. When your throat is closing up and you know your life is on the line you will jab yourself and be happy doing it. It will be
an instinctual response.
When my situation occurred I kept a bottle of Benadryl in my work desk, purse, car, home.
I woke up one day and had itchy hives all over. Scratched myself raw. Thought it was a specific food allergy but as time went on all of a sudden I was
allergic to everything. And I mean everything. Saw an allergist and she said it was the usual allergens causing it. Then I ended up in emergency
twice. You will know when your throat is closing up. Biggest signs to watch for are the facial swelling. Keep in mind, and this isn't to scare you,
that if you have such swelling on your face and your throat is just right "there" as well that your throat could easily be next.
My symptoms were swollen eyes, lips. My eyes would swell up so bad that the skin would stretch and turn red and then when the swelling went down it
would crack and then bleed. But the swelling would take forever, days and days to diminish. My chest and neck and face would turn red. But the hives
were all over my body and huge. Absolutely insane.
Turned out it was my thyroid. Saw an allergist who said at the time that recent studies showed that a sudden allergy, especially at the age I was,
meant my thyroid was under active. And even if the bloodwork came back within normal range that they were giving people like me a very low dosage of
thyroid med (Synthroid). He gave it to me and within a few days the allergies all went away. Never had a problem again. So keep that in mind. The
testing on my thyroid came back as inconclusive Hashimoto's disease. It's an auto immune disease and I've since heard many such same accounts.
You'll do fine with the epipen. Keep in mind that IF you have allergies to peanuts that they are used in so many things. I say this because it turned
out to my biggest allergen. I've eaten peanuts all my life, like they're going out of style, and then one day had a Reese's chocolate cup for a
snack and that's when I ended up in emergency. And then suddenly I had to watch everything that went in my mouth. Hives, itching, swelling is no
biggie when one day you're aware your throat is closing up and what do you do, call 911 or ask a friend to drive you to emergency? You don't know
how long you have.
You'll do fine. Keep a journal of all you eat and any responses. And get a blood test to check your thyroid, wouldn't hurt.