Weight Loss Epiphany & Unknown Drug Allergy
Saturday, November 03, 2012
How did I get to be 62 years old and not know that I had drug allergies?! In the last six months I have discovered (the hard way) that I am allergic to Sulfa drugs and to Doxycycline. Actually, I've been told to list all of the cycline family of medications as an allergy. It seems that I'm rather lucky about the nature of my particular allergy because it was mostly confined to profuse tissue swelling pretty much everywhere, but primarily in my face and neck. I had to resort to the application of ice packs to control the swelling. After checking with my doctor, I was told to discontinue the anti-biotic that I had originally been prescribed. I was then put on a regimen of a 10 day decreasing dose pack of prednisone along with 50 mg of Benadryl every 6 hours. It's now day 3 and I'm actually starting to feel better.
While I was so sick, I ate anything that I thought would make me feel better, especially high sodium foods that would make me want to consume more liquids so that I could better flush all of the excess fluid from my body. Well, between all of the excess calories and the excess fluid, I managed to gain 5 pounds. I'm very grateful that I am now feeling better enough to resume a healthy eating program. Due to the nature of my weight gain, I feel that the excess pounds will probably be dropped within a couple of weeks. I'm especially looking forward to resuming my exercise regimen. Wow! Did the words "healthy eating program" and "exercise regimen" actually come out of me?! Could there be clearer evidence that I am going through a mental metamorphosis about my body and my health? Thank you, SparkPeople for providing the tools and outlet that people like me need to overcome their body traps.