Sep 09, 2010
I went to the allergist yesterday to have him test me for a sensitivity to progesterone. He did not read any of the medical research I provided him on APD and made me feel like he was just humoring me and that I should just live with what symptoms I have and be grateful that they are not worse. I went off of the 3 different antihistimines I take for 4 1/2 days so he could do the testing. By the evening of the 2nd night off the meds, both of my hands began to swell on the thumb side of my palms and down on 1/2 of my writsts. Itching, tingling, and swelling occurred. This stayed with me on the 3rd day off and on and my shoulder had a big hive right where my bra strap sits, so I had to wear a bathing suit top all day. By the 4th day my hands were still at it. On the 5th day, I woke up with a terribly swollen and painful bottom of my right foot. By lunch time, my left foot was the same. I also had a portion of my forehead swell up. I could barely walk at all and had to drive myself to the allergist for my testing. The allergist was not at all open to trying to find a diagnosis for me. He rushed me through the skin testing. He proudly said I did not have any reaction to the progesterone skin testing, handed me 2 antihistimines and sent me on my way. By the time I got to the car (parked in the first row next to the entrance) I was in tears from the pain of walking on them. I tried to drive home, but my feet hurt so bad I had to pull over take a benedryl on top of what he gave me along with some ibuprofin and sit with my feet propped up for 25 minutes to calm down the pain. Once I got home I laid on the couch with my feet propped up for about 6 hours. My feet did not have any relief even after another dose of benedryl. I took my Xzyal pill at 9:15PM and finally around 10:30 PM I looked at my arm where he did the skin test and saw the spot had inflamed and was about the size of a nickel. It had a delayed reaction. It was only at 11:00PM that I felt some relief in my feet and was able to stand and walk to my bed to go to sleep. I slept with my feet propped up and woke up with some pain, but I was able to get around with comfortable shoes. As the day went on and I continued to take my meds, my feet began to almost feel back to normal. I spoke to the allergist the next morning. He acted like he didn't know what to do with the diagnosis because he did not bother to do any research! He prescribed me a taper pack of prednisone and I plan on calling my PCP (who was very open to reading my research) to see about a referral to an OBGYN and possibly a dermatologist. Getting a diagnosis and treatment should not be this difficult and doctors should be willing to look outside of the box when they come across symptoms that do not fit in the box! Thank God for older sister's who are Nurse Practitioners and the Internet! I plan to keep on fighting for my health and not settling for the answer, "We don't know what you have, what causes it or how or when it will go away."