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Posted by liz on November 26, 2000 at 18:30:48:

In Reply to: Re: So-called "panic attacks"(i.e."anaphylaxis") posted by Alex Bondarook on April 08, 2000 at 21:43:15:

: : I have multiple allergies, and when my "allergic" symptoms are the worst, I also have problems with concentration, memory, and anxiety. No doctor has ever told that these problems are all allergy-related, but it sure seems that way to me. I have a pamphlet from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine that claims that allergies can affect your brain and nervous system. You might want to check their Web site. Good luck.

: I bumbled across this site again and see I have a reply :) Yeah, Doctors look at your elevated Eosinophils, ask if your family has allergies or asthma(yes to both) and then ignore their own findings and prescribe a benzodiazepine for your 'nerves'. Doctors are idiots. A smart allergist prescribed a new drug that counters Eosinophiles and it's making a difference. Anybody, reply to [email protected] in case I never come across this site again :(

Dear panic ragweed sufferer, frankly this person is somewhat right. I DO recieve relief from benzodiazapines but with the amount of allergies I have (which in common parlance in the States means a psychosomatic problem despite eos being high) I am well aware that my worst "episodes" come as a kind of anaphalaxis which the roar and release of adrenaline from my body (that is what is prescribed for an anaphalactic episode) takes care of, see the adrenaline takes my reaction and subdues it so there is never a SEVERE reaction or fatality and I shiver and shake and my throat closes as the body tries to achieve homeostasis. There are several important things to be aware of when you have a severe panic disorder, I agree, I had to live London in the summer cause of the pollen count, I was panicking bad, and that is yes, there is an allergy connexion but it is true that most episodes are, thankfully selflimiting. (Get indoors!) Allergies, food, airborne, ALL are the connexion which will trump the psychologizing of this problem, one day for now, learn all you can and good luck!

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