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Posted by Michele on May 11, 2000 at 15:22:52:

In Reply to: lots of allergy questions.... posted by Michele on May 07, 2000 at 15:41:08:

Thanks for all your responses. I am especially relieved to know that I am not the only one who experiences the "disconnected" feeling...it is the most bothersome symptom, and the one that seems least responsive to medication. I'm also happy to hear (well, not for your sakes) that I'm not alone in how the whole allergy experience messes me up emotionally. I don't know whether it's a direct physical effect of allergy, or whether it's just that feeling so abnormal for so long is enough of a stress to start whacking me out. In particular, I tend to obsess that I have some terrible undiagnosed disease (because could something as minor as allergies make me feel THIS screwy?), and I'll never get to see my son grow up, etc. I really feel as if I get in a bad loop...feel bad, so get more anxious, which makes me feel worse, and on and on. I have not been sleeping well (waking up and not being able to go back to sleep) and my appetite is depressed. Sometimes I wonder whether I need to be on anti-depressive or anti-anxiety meds. But then I have a day on which I don't feel so spacy, and I feel better emotionally, too...so I never follow up on it.

I have a friend who was having similar symptoms, including what he called "lightheadedness", and Zyrtec cleared it all up for him. I'm wondering whether I should call my doc and ask to switch to Zyrtec from Allegra. Any thoughts?

Yes, I know I should get off meds before getting pregnant. My plan is to try to get my doc to refer me to an allergist for testing - I'm hoping that it turns out that I'm allergic to something other than tree pollen that will be easier to avoid, and I can get off the meds.

If you guys want to talk more, you can e-mail me at mpucak@neuro.duke.edu. I'd love to swap stories, experiences, and just not feel so alone. My poor husband tries to be understanding, but he just can't possibly know how it feels. I know I never had proper sympathy for people with allergies before I experienced all this!

Michele

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