I fired my allergist and quit the allergy shots!
Hi all -
I don't post much on this board - more of a lurker I guess. But I just wanted to share my experiences recently with my allergy doctor and what he did.
I recently started allergy shots for a severe allergy I have to molds - go figure. The shots started out just fine, but as soon as they went up in the dosing I started having a reaction: chest tightness and pain about 30 minutes after the shot - not a good thing to have.
What was weird about the reaction was that all my vitals stayed the same, it was just chest pain/tightnes and some dizziness that would last about 15 minutes and then start to fade. The doctor, finally chalked it up to what he called a vasovagal response - basically, I was reacting to the actual shot, not the antigen. Kind of like when some people faint after getting hurt or seeing blood - this response is governed by the vagus nerve.
Anyway, I did some research on this response recently and found that studies have shown that MOLD allergies can and do affect the vagus nerve at times. I showed it to my doctor this week prior to to getting the allergy shot - he said, "hummm, interesting" but probably thinking, (this girl is crazy).
So, I proceeded to get my shot and wait for the response to happen again. Prior to the shot the nurse asked me if I had been sick for the past 24 hours, standard protocol, I said, not not really, a little congested but nothing too bad. So, I got the shot and 20 minutes later I start to feel a little light headed but nothing like before.
The next thing I know, the nurse said the doctor wants to see me, I go back and see the doctor who asks how I'm feeling, I tell him, I'm a little lightheaded with some chest tightness but nothing too bad - he then said, "Well, just so you know, we gave you saline this time to see what would happen, and obviously your reaction is not from the antigen but from the shot."
I was horrifed they did this to me. At this point, I was so beside myself that I couldn't explain that I was kind of feeling this way before the shot - it would have just sounded like I was even more crazy than he obviously thought I was. I'm still ****** about this. Needless, to say, I told him that I would not be continuing with the allergy shots and would just treat the symptoms as they arose - he said that plan was fine, and then I walked out.
Thing is - I was ready to stop the allergy shots anyway as getting them every week was just a pain - my allergies for some reason are just seasonal and I'll just deal with them on an as needed basis.
Thoughts on what happened ?