Hi everyone, I've been reading the posts today and I'm really sorry so many have problems.
I'm not sure what to do, but I have been referred for food allergy testing since strange things have begun happening recently. I try and best I can to put it down to anxiety, but ever since I started (it seems) taking beta-blockers, food is making me feel bad.
It started when I ate a specific ice-cream (haagan daz). About five minutes into eating it, my tongue tingles and feels like its swelling; I'm overcome with fear and panic (much like the panic attacks I was given the beta-blocker for). I say to myself, 'it's just anxiety' but it seems to come on of its own accord; and it's happened twice now.
The other day I was eating some seeded, brown bread, and I know for a fact that after a few bites I felt extremely tired and wanted to sleep and my head started aching. I have been fine until yesterday (I've not eaten broad bread out of fear, but have been with white it seems), and I ate brown bread. I was OK but after eating it, enormous panic rushed through me, my tongue started to tingle, my stomach felt as thought it was a balloon, I was hot and tired, and I had the feeling that I wanted to be sick. I'm so frightened that this is an allergy, but it makes not sense since I've never had problems before now in 25 years. I even find that after eating certain fruits I become really congested and my glands can feel 'delicate'. I'm not eating anything now, since I'm frightened to eat anything but fresh vegetables and potatoes and fruit.
The best case scenario would be that I had created this thing in my mind, but it is really ruining my life now and I'm not sure what to do. As a result, my anxiety is sky-high - and therein lies my paradox: which is which?! I feel at rock bottom and in constant fear. I don't know what to do and am very frightened about the tongue thing and am hyperventilating a lot because of it.
I would really value some advice or suggestions
The GP doesn't have any suggestions. Presumably I am to wait weeks and weeks for an allergy test!