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Allergies to medications

Interested to hear if anyone has developed allergic reactions to meds after being diagnosed with dysautonomia?
Some of mine are true allergic reactions but others my neurologist attributes to cholenerigc response. Regardless of the cause a Bronchospasm is pretty scary. I always have to be premedicated with steroids IV and IV Benadryl before receiving most IV meds.  My nursing background has sure come in handy; however never wanted to have to use it on myself. Before all this I was Chris NO Known Allergies
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492869 tn?1285018933
Chemical sensitivity is a common symptom in Dysautonomia.  I have a couple of true allergies to medication, but I also experience overdose symptoms at normal medicinal dosages.  I'm not sure if this is what you are referring too, but I'd recommend starting all new medication with the smallest dosage possible.
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omg yes. i have pots and nmh
and i have had an reaction to every med they have put me on. idk what is next. anyone else have this problem too???
612876 tn?1355514495
What type of reactions are you having and how severe?  Are you also having food allergies?  
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Oh yes, We are all leary about anything that goes into me. I have had Xylocaine for years and now react to it. My neurologist, an autonomic specialist also says that they may not be true allergies but a cholenergic response from the nervous system. I have to be premedicated with IV steroids and IV Benadryl before most meds. I have a Hickman Catheter and was an Oncology nurse so this helps but it is scary when you don't know what is next.
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My reactions started out as rashes, hives, itching but now it is a Bronchospasm. I have to have the steroid and Benadry to stop it

612876 tn?1355514495
Some POTS patients have been diagnosed mastocytosis.  I don't know a lot about it personally, but if you're starting to have increasing responses to medications/foods/etc, it might be worth reading up on to see if this might be a fit for your symptoms.  I can try to get you in touch with the people I know who know a lot more about it if you want . . . just let me know.  

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I have been tested. I also spoke to a specialist at NIH .
612876 tn?1355514495
I wish I knew more to tell you.  I can imagine this must be very frustrating and frightening for you.  There is at least one person on the DINET forum who has developed severe reactions similar to what you are describing.  Have you tried posting there?  You might also try ImaZebra.net.  Both places have very active forums.
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omg...the med reactions! i have had severe ones. again, not hives, breathing probs, etc. like a true allergy but a CNS reaction. Lidocaine/ Xylocaine/ Benzocaine (that whole family) is the worst. It took a while to figure that one out. After myelograms, I reacted and was hospitalized. I was unable to stand (I already had right leg weakness and a gait disturbance but WHOA was it worse now)! I was confined to bed with a portapotty and pressure cuffs initially. I had increased abnormal reflexes. I had increased sweats, myoclonic jerks, nausea and GI upset, insomnia, spinal pain, neuropathic pain in the legs, and involuntary leg shakes so severe that the MRI tech had to lay across my legs for the duration of an MRI to rule out a blood clot in my lumbar spine from the myelogram procedure. I spent months in physical therapy 4 times a week, relearning to walk in some fashion. I am significantly disabled and ataxic but a fighter. They initially thought it might have been the CT dye or ?????.  A couple years later, I reacted in the dentist's chair, during an attempted root canal, after administration of lidocaine (no epinephrine in it). Needless to say, no more for me. I had previous probs during a spinal injection and more minor issues with topical anesthetic preparations that we can see in hind sight now, too.

I have also had CNS reactions to quinolone antibiotics, reglan, benzodiazapines, narcotic pain meds, etc..... If there is any potential for CNS side effects, I'm definitely screwed it seems. Again, it is like toxic effects at normal doses.
Just a thought have you ever been checked for whipple's disease I have all the same issues you have and they think it's being caused by this underlying infection. Idk why they don't test for or think of this disease enough here in the US. I got it from a health supplement called deer antler velvet spray. I have to give myself a ceftriaxone injection tomorrow and of course it's diluted with lidocaine so I'm scared ******** about how my nervous system and heart rate are going to react. I have to make sure it's not going into a vein or I'm screwed I'll just have to draw back on the syringe to make sure no blood comes into it for that. I believe a lot more people have this underlying infection and they just don't know it because our medical facilities here in the US rarely check or test for it. It organically decomposes the body from the inside out like cancer and destroys nerves and your nervous system throughout your whole body the way diabetes does. I believe this bacteria is causing many of the diseases were dealing with today. Wonder what it's going to take for a doctor and or scientists to figure this all out. Probably a lot more people dying before that happens. It's highly contagious through saliva and bodily fluids many people will not even know they have the disease or infection. Feel free to email me if you'd like to chat about this more ***@****
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I was just recently diagnosed with mast cell activation disorder I am getting a bone marrow bx next week, I have been put on antihistamines for now I think all of us POTS patients need to be ter ested for this I had a skin bx and they found an increased number of mast cells in my skin and then an increase in my histamine level and three other increases in my blood that show mast cell activation disorder for now I do not know yet if I have the systemic type until I get the bone marrow. But look it up on the internet and push for someone too test you for this you sound like you have this disorder, go research it on the mast cell forums and see what you think . I do feel better now that i am on the antihistamines but not perfect my POTS is still showing its ugly face and my heart rate is still racing at times.
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Oh that sounds awful. I just get so I cant breathe Shoot me full of steroid and Benadryl and I'm fine.

I had years of Xylocaine and then developed a eaction t it and anything in its family same thing with CT dye. You just never know.

I must premedicate with Solu Cortef IV and Benadryl IV before any ABX ( I do lots at home ) or anything else. My Doc takes no chances.
I can have  reactions hours larter.

Do you get premedicated before any of these drugs? I have had oral surgery twice now and had to go to the outpatient surgi center No Xylocain just IV sedation.
They are all afraid of me.
Thanks for answering
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