Our expert says:
Well, firstly, SOMETIMES they should be able to tell you what caused an allergic reaction, whether the main drug or some other subsrtance in the tablet. And some physicians are specialists in Allergy as such ( there's even an Allergy Society of SA, whose meetings I used to attend ), and its possible for an allergist to do complex tests to discover precisely that it is that triggers your allergic reactions.
Better still, in many such situations it is possible to even desensitize one's body to specific allergens so that one is no longer so sensitive to them, as well as using a good knowledge of a range of possibly helpful drugs to control or preent such bad reactions.
And secondly, it sounds from your story as though you have a sort of psychological hypersensitivity ( nothing at all to do with allergy as such ) in the sense of now being so frightened of possible allergic reactions that you may panic and get over-anxious even when not at all allergic to anything. And that can respond excellently to competent psychological treatment, such as CBT, from a good psychologist using this good method.
Suggesting this is not because there is anything not genuine about the alarming experiences you have been having, but its important to recognize the different factors contributing to this, and competently treating them all.
One needs to think about whether you can afford NOT to see the right specialists to get this all back under control - otherwise your fears, partyl appropriate and probably, increasingly, excessive, may lead to your avoiding needed treatments with unpleasant, even dangerous effects from that avoidance.
The physical-chemical reactions to a physical allergy can themselves help to cause panic or severe anxiety ; and severe anxiety can also make one's physical system over-sensitive - so managing both aspects will reap real benefits
Explore alternatives, there should be psych services and allergy services available through your nearest major state hospital, and your nearest medical School will have competent folks in both fields, and should charge only according to your income.
I'm sorry to hear that the psychiatrist you saw had some very peculiar and idiosyncratic ideas about panic disorder, and was apparently unable to make the obvious diagnosis - or any other proper diagnosis as an alternative. Sounds like she had a very UNsympathetic nervous system !
The problem is significant, and fortunately its umnlikely to be as serious as you fear it to be, so with the right combination of expert assistance, you can control both the physical and mental components of this. And then live much more hapilly and safely.
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