Thanks for your reply, EJB. Glad to hear that even though you haven't completed the series, they still did a lot of good for you. I'm finally not reacting to the shots any more, probably because I'm going every 7-9 days, instead of 2 times a week. I was trying to get to maintenance fast, and my body just couldn't take it. Also the pollen count outside has dropped dramatically which helps a lot. Thanks again for your encouraging reply.
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Fitness Minutes: (12,103) Posts: 328 10/6/13 11:23 P
I took allergy injections weekly and then bi-weekly for many years. I credit them with my ability to now be around cats, dogs, and people who have been enjoying the company of their pets. I teach private music lessons, and I used to have allergy symptoms when a student came in and had pet dander/hair on their clothing. Anyway, about the injections...I never did work up the intended tolerance as I would get a large weal and lump at the injection site. One year my father was very ill, and I was unable to continue the injection schedule. Surprisingly I did OK, and I have not had to resume the shots. So you may have to maintain at the lower dose rather than continuing working up. Happily it may still produce the desired effect.
Edna, western PA
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Fitness Minutes: (127,864) Posts: 544 9/28/13 12:47 A
I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. The worst I've had is a severe case of acne (on meds for that now), feeling like I've been shot with a bullet in the arm (shot this week swelled up to cover my ENTIRE arm, and my students asked about it), and major lack of energy. It makes me feel better to hear that someone else has experienced fatigue related to the shots. Maybe this is part of my problem.
Thanks so much for your reply! So you were allergic to the carrier in the shots--wow! Yes, at times I've wondered if I should give these up, but the alternative seems to be living inside the rest of my life. I also have been reading up on anti-inflammatory diets, and eating lots of veggies and fruits. We have gotten the pillow and mattress encasings, I wash my sheets weekly in hot water, got rid of the curtains, polyester bedspread, shams, dust ruffle. But the biggest allergens for me are trees, grasses, pollens.
Now that I'm taking each dose level 3 times, that's helping. I took dose 11 without problems. Yesterday, because our pollen count was extremely low, I took my first walk outside since early last April. Felt awesome! Took the inhaler along just in case, but didn't need it. Blogged about it yesterday---I was doing a happy dance for sure!!
Thanks for your lovely reply and best wishes for you on your journey to better health.
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Fitness Minutes: (11,286) Posts: 1,550 9/23/13 12:24 A
So sorry to hear of your challenges with the allergy shots. I, too, had extreme difficulties with shots. Had to give them up totally as it turned out I am allergic to the carrier in them. It actually made me much, much worse than the actual allergies we were attempting to reduce. I've resorted to eating much healthier - stressing foods which are anti-inflammatory. It has helped me. I also now have a home which is fully filtered so I have a place to escape. Allergies aren't fun and require constant vigilance as they and/or you change and thus require some other remedy. Just keep researching, keep your eyes and ears open, listen to your body, and keep things as healthy in and around you as possible. Best of luck.
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Did anyone experience problems with their allergy shots? I got thru the first 10 injections just fine, but every time it goes higher, I get hives, headaches, and general fatigue. Thankfully, no additional breathing difficulties or trips to the ER. Then I get put back to dose 10 again. This has happened 3 times now, and the allergist says that I should have each level 3 times to let my body get used to it. Then move up a level. This will take forever, but it's better than giving up.
Has anybody else had this? Has anybody given up on the shots and tried something else that works?
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