Sick of being sick

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A lot has been happening over the past week …

I think I mentioned in my last blog that I’ve been coughing since August 22nd. Three months of coughing! It was exhausting! I couldn’t even exert myself without gasping for air and having a coughing fit. I’d been to the doctor a few times. I waited as long as I could. I was hoping that it would go away on its own. Then around Halloween I gave in and went to my doctor. He diagnosed me with bronchitis and put me on antibiotics. After a week, I still was coughing. I went back. He sent me for a chest x-ray, took lots of blood, and gave me a script for prednisone. After a week I was still coughing. The chest x-ray was clear and my blood showed no sign of infection or virus. However, my blood did show that I was having an off the charts allergic reaction to dust. I left the doctor’s office on Wednesday with five different prescriptions: an antihistamine, an abuteral inhaler, singulair, a maintenance inhaler to be taken nightly, and a nasal spray. I told my doctor that I didn’t want to take all these drugs!! He agreed to cancel the nasal spray, but said I was “in denial” about my severe allergies and needed to go to a pulmonologist and an allergist.

I’m not happy. The singulair gave me a pounding headache so I stopped taking it. The maintenance inhaler made me sick to the stomach- come to find out the second ingredient in that inhaler is lactose. LACTOSE!! I’m furious. I’m a vegan and he gives me lactose! I threw it out. I’m still taking the antihistamine, but it makes me feel dehydrated and tired. I have the worse dry mouth. The only good news is that after visiting my doctor I took two puffs of the abuteral inhaler and stopped coughing. I can breathe now.

Dr Fuhrman says that every drug is toxic. I hate putting toxins in my body. I’ve been seeing an acupuncturist for my allergies since March. I just had my first sinus infection free summer. I went all summer without suffering with my usual itchy eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat and sneezing. I thought the acupuncture was working and now I get hit with this. Instead of my usual hay fever, I’m having an asthmatic reaction to allergies. Wonderful.

I have an appointment with the pulmonologist in December and then I’ll probably end up at an allergist. I don’t really want to go. I wish there was another answer to my miserable allergies. When I was younger I took allergy shots for 11 years. They didn’t help then. I don’t think they will help now.
I have an appointment with my acupuncturist tomorrow. I really want his take on this. I know he doesn’t like allergy shots. I want there to be an answer somewhere in between my doctor and my acupuncturist.

In the meantime, I’m just looking after other aspects of my health. I’m currently re-reading ETL. I bought the new revised edition and I’m busy educating myself again. I trust Dr Fuhrman. I wish he was my main doctor.

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  • SUNNYH99
    Hi Debbie, just checking in to see how you're doing. I was out of state and then trying to catch up and didn't get a chance to reply to this blog before. Just wanted you to know I'm still here and thinking of you. Happy Thanksgiving! Be good to you. "Easy Does It" is a good way to live, I think.
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    3383 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    I hope you start to feel better. It's got to be awfull to cough all the time.

    Have a great day.
    3389 days ago
    Hi I just saw your blogs, I am glad to see you back and sorry your are having problems, DO NOT EVER LEAVE AGAIN. we all have life happen and we are here to help each other just don't give up
    3391 days ago
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