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Offline mikepol2

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Re: Irrational fear of being allergic to everything. :(
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2012, 11:41:33 PM »
Went to the family doctor today and asked for a non-NSAID drug for arthritic knees because of fear of a sudden acute allergic reaction...she said sorry, NSAIDs are it!  But she also said the Zyrtec (and I assume other similar antihistamines) are about the safest drugs you can take.  I take 1/2 Zyrtec every day or every other; my hands and feet itch if I skip a day, but my mouth gets very dry and makes sleeping uncomfortable if I take it every day, bummer.  So tonight I was wrestling with my son and afterwards felt like my windpipe was ticklish and narrow, and had a minor freak-out.  And then thought how ridiculous this all is!  Every once in a while you have a little breakthrough moment where you see yourself from the outside and realize how exaggerated your reactions are.  I guess my point is that you could have a reaction to anything at any time, but you could also hit the lottery.  Let's accept the fact that we'll all hit our own lottery some day, and not keep trying to play fortune teller to find it!  Feel better everybody!
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Re: Irrational fear of being allergic to everything. :(
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2014, 06:39:04 PM »
Oh my god, I honestly thought I was alone in this. About a year ago, I suddenly became very afraid of food, convinced I was allergic. At the same time, I became having extreme panic attacks whenever I ate something. It's not just food either. It's drinks or medications too. I haven't been in a restaurant or eaten fast food since then. I've lost 20lbs because of it. I'm 24 and I currently live back home with my mother, because it got so severe I lost my job and my apartment. I've been on  variety of pills that have lessened the daily anxiety, but never did anything for eating. I also see a therapist once a week.

I've been eating toast, rice, and water for the past few weeks, it's gotten so bad. I feel like I'm wasting away and I DON'T KNOW what to do about it anymore... I want help so badly. I don't want my whole life to go on like this...I feel out of control and I hate my life so badly right now...
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Re: Irrational fear of being allergic to everything. :(
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2014, 12:45:50 PM »
Hello! I'm new to this forum and I also joined after reading these posts. I recently developed this fear and anxiety back in March 2014 when my boyfriend moved away to work. I was fine then BAM out of nowhere I had a full blown panic attack. My only real anxiety is eating. I have literally convinced myself {pretty much overnight} that if I eat anything my throat will swell up and I will die. I think the fear of something happening to me while I am alone in my apartment is the root. I'm not use to living alone {we live together} and from that fear comes the food allergy fear. Food allergies do not run in my family. No one in my immediate family has an allergy {or any allergies other than seasonal for that matter}. I think twice or three times before I make or order something. I LOVE seafood and am now terrified to eat it. 3 months ago I was eating peanut butter out of a jar and now I can't even think about it. I can't enjoy going out to eat because in the back of my mind I'm scared something will happen to me. Nothing has EVER happened to me EVER. I'm an active healthy 28 year old with no medical issues to speak of. I find I'm better when I am around people, family, friends but still think about it way too much. I use to LOVE and ENJOY going to new restaurants and making new meals at home but now I just can bring myself to eat anything other than cucumber, tomato's and popcorn. It's a terrible feeling and everyone looks at me and says STOP you're not allergic. My boyfriend sits there and says STOP YOU'RE FINE. You can't live your life in constant fear and I never had before this HUGE change in my life happened {my boyfriend moving away}. He is coming back next weekend so I'm PRAYING this lessens....and hopefully just goes away. I'm a very social person and I can't even think about living a life in fear like this. I hear each and everyone one of you! Your mind is powerful! Try not to let it take over your life.....!

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Re: Irrational fear of being allergic to everything. :(
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2014, 03:11:08 PM »
I really feel for you, I have battled the exact same fears for almost two yrs now. I am now petrified of almost everything. This includes shampoo, conditioner and lotions as well. I never eat out and worry about contamination . I'm not able to take medicine at all as I just know I will be the one person who dies. I had an allergic reaction , taken to hospital, was tested by specialists for allergies, both skin prick and bloods and turned out I'm just allergic to myself. The actual fear of being allergic is causing me to have reactions. Now if I just worry about an item I react. It's horrendous and my world is now so small. I am afraid all day everyday.  I have no idea how to get over this fear and it is definitely soul destroying. I wouldn't wish this in my worst enemy!! Trying cbt but not really helping yet, early days and I seem to be going backwards!  I hope you can find someway of getting some help as it really is hard and it tends to escalate , fear just breeds more fear . 
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Re: Irrational fear of being allergic to everything. :(
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2014, 07:03:59 PM »
Hey guys! I can't believe I posted this almost two years ago...Unfortunately, I'm still dealing with these same fears. I was actually googling how to cope with irrational fears of allergies, and came across this old post of mine. The fact that I posted this two years ago, and have still yet to have any sort of severe allergic reaction should be comforting to me, but no matter the length of time, it's always going to happen "any day now" and I feel like I'm just gambling with my life, with every new food I try. A part of me realizes that this is all 100% in my head. If I have a few alcoholic drinks, I can eat anything without being afraid. The reaction never happens. I live with my boyfriend now, the one I mentioned in the first post ,and he's always encouraging me to get over this fear. I want to break free from this, and I feel like I'm getting close. I've developed a pretty intense love for Indian food, which is awesome because that stuff contains so many different spices and ingredients. Of course I still worry, but the taste motivates me to eat it anyways haha. I'm hoping that one day I'll see the end of this for real. I'm probably missing out on so many delicious and healthy foods due to fear nagging me in the back of my head. I still find myself reading ingredients when I buy foods and look for things I think I've never tried, "just in case." I don't have full-blown panic attacks as frequently anymore which is a huge relief. If any of you have any updates or advice for me that would be amazing. I hope all of us can overcome this thing and enjoy everything life has to offer 
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Re: Irrational fear of being allergic to everything. :(
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2014, 11:52:24 PM »
Like everybody else has said, this was like reading my own thoughts. It breaks my heart that so many people deal with this too, but I guess it makes me feel better that it seems to be a common fear with anxiety. My fear of allergic reaction reared its head in the past, but it only lasted a week before it went away. This time it's been going on for about 2 weeks now, and I'm slowly incorporating more food, but I'm still terrified of raw fruit and medications. I was prescribed fluoxetine for anxiety, but of course I'm too scared to take it. Has anybody been able to overcome this yet?
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Re: Irrational fear of being allergic to everything. :(
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2015, 07:44:38 PM »
Wow I'm so glad I found this thread! I thought I was so weird for suddenly having this fear. I've have very severe anxiety/hypochondria my whole life but have never even thought about food allergies. Then like a few weeks ago I just started convincing myself that if I ate the wrong thing I would have an anaphylactic reaction. I know it makes no sense because nobody in my immediate family has any sort of food allergy, nor do I (that I know of) and I've always been a very adventurous eater and tried so many things. I do have a couple cousins with pretty bad allergies and one has a terrible peanut allergy. It's so severe she has an epi-pen with her all the time and is extremely careful about even stepping into certain places. She's had asthma attacks from just being around someone eating peanuts before. Maybe because I saw her a lot over the holidays It's now on my mind and triggering this worry. But it's other foods too. i just had a strawberry and am so scared my throat will close up etc. I know it's silly, I'm 21 and have eaten almost every food imaginable with no issue but I'm suddenly having mini panic attacks at almost every meal.  :fragend005: :fragend005: :fragend005:

But the fear usually doesn't set in until AFTER I've already eaten. I'm not really avoiding foods yet, I just eat like normal and than if I have the slightest, tiniest bit of phlegm build up, or a tiny cough, a hint of a pain or dryness in my throat I immediately freeze and panic and start over thinking my breathing and start to really feel like there's a lump in my throat. However I've found that if I just sit quietly and slow my breathing I can tell my self in my head "you can breath, everything is fine, you're throat is not tight, you just think it will be, but it's not."

But even when I can calm down it's still so frustrating to have a panic at almost every meal to begin with

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