Allergies and how they affect your autoimmune disease

| May 16, 2013

Sometimes you have to learn things the hard way. I’ve lived with allergies all my life. In High School I would get allergy shots. I honestly have no idea if they actually worked, now that I’ve tried to live through them again, my guess is they didn’t work. They probably just made me more sick. Last year, I decided I was fed up with the never ending stuffy nose, sore throat and watery eyes. I went to an allergist and they confirmed what I already knew from High School. I have a lot of allergies. Trees, dust, dust mites, flowers, ragweed and more. They suggested allergy shots. I was so excited. If they worked, may be my asthma would get better, I would be able to breathe better, sleep better and race better.

Unfortunately, it did not work out that way. The shots made me so sick. Each round over the three week period I tried them, I got worse. My arm would swell. I couldn’t breathe. My Lupus symptoms got worse. I was a mess. The allergist was convinced I would get better. They lowered the dose and it got to the point if they lowered it anymore, it would be worthless for me to even get them. My options were to continue to try and stop the shots. After 6 weeks of complete torture, I quit getting the shots. It took a few months and prednisone to get my body back on track. After quitting the shots, I started to research Lupus and Allergy shots and found out that most people with Lupus do not respond well to allergy shots.

It surprised me that the allergist didn’t recognize that and offer me a different option. It just goes to show that you really need to look out for yourself. At times, you need to do your own research and decide what’s best for you. Remember, if you have an autoimmune disease, chances are you suffer from allergies. Figure out what works for you, what medicine and nose sprays you can take and what will truly improve your quality of life. When it comes to your life, the medicines you need to take and what will make you sleep better at night, be as proactive as possible and trust your instincts. After all, you know your body and you know if the path you’re on is making you more sick. Good luck!

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