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Posted by Michele on May 07, 2000 at 15:41:08:

I'll try to keep this from getting too long...

First, are my symptoms likely to be due to allergy? For 2 months I've been experiencing: mild dizzyness (mostly gone now), a burning senstation over my cheekbone and bridge of my nose, pressure in my face (sinuses),, and a sort of spacy feeling. A CT scan of my sinuses revealed inflammation of my sinuses, and no infectin. Doctor diagnosed allergies, and I am now on Allegra, Flonase, Humibid, plus I take Aleve. This did all start about 5 days after the tree pollen started to rise here in North Carolina, so I guess it makes sense that it is allergy. However, I'm not sneezing and my eyes aren't watery. I have only a little bit of congestion, and my nose is only a little bit runny (clear, watery). So, is this allergy?

Other questions....

Does anyone know if this is a particularly bad pollen season, particularly here in the middle of North Carolina? I've been living here 3 years, and never experienced this before.

If I'm suddenly allergic to tree pollen, what are the chances I'll also be allergic to grasses? The tree pollen level is supposedly finally decreasing, but I don't feel any better.

Can the symptoms get worse around my period? I normally don't have big PMS problems, but have noticed that I seem to have the allergy symptoms worse for a few days before my period (although maybe it's just been that pollen levels have happened to by higher then).

I'm hoping to get pregnant soon. Will symptoms be worse? Better? I actually know somebody who said that hers were better during pregnancy/nursing. Actually, for the past 2 years I was either pregnant or (just stopping) nursing, so maybe that's why I suddenly got hit this year?

Am I going to feel like this forever? The hardest part is the spacy feeling...sometimes I feel almost "disconnected" from the world. I have a 2-year old son, and sometimes I just feel so yucky that I don't want to deal with him, and that makes me feel like such a bad mom. Plus, I'm having a lot of anxiety over just feeling so bad for so long. Will I ever by normal again?

I appreciate VERY MUCH any advice or input anyone can give me!!!! Thanks very much.

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