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If you are looking for reasons why you may be “always sick and tired”, this isn’t the page for you.  Try Why Am I Always Sick? – 13 Reasons You Are Always Sick & Tired.

However, if you want to learn about my various illnesses and ailments, this is the page you want to read.

Why am I always sick and tired?  It sucks!

The Nose Knows…Nothing

Lucky me…I was born with an allergic constitution, as my mother before me, and her mother before her.  As a friend of mine has stated time and again, I am “allergic to the world”, and if you ever see my back after an allergy test, well, let’s just say my back is on fire!

I’m allergic to the flowers in your garden…and the trees…and the freshly cut grass…  Well, let’s face it…I’m not out hugging trees.

I’m allergic to the dust inside of my house.

I’m allergic to the cigarette you puff at the entrance of a building (by the way, stop that, it’s really rude!).

I’m allergic to your sweet, adorable, furry little friend who insists on climbing into my lap.  Yes, all of your furry friends will whip my allergies into a frenzy.  My eyes will water, I will start to sneeze (and wheeze), and my skin will begin to itch like I have little allergy tyrants crawling all over my skin. They’re microscopic. You can’t see them, but they are there.

Sometimes, I will have an attack for seemingly no reason what-so-ever.  Like I said…allergic to the world.

Currently taking:  Zyrtec and Flonase (daily)  and Benadryl (as needed).

It’s Getting Harder and Harder to Breathe

Asthma reared its ugly head in my early 20s.  It picked a very inconvenient time to do it.  I was pregnant with my first child.

My asthma is triggered by all the above allergens. When my allergies act up, my asthma will often follow.  Although, sometimes, it’s just the asthma.

During my pregnancy, I tried to be a good mom and cut back on the medications I was taking. As a result, I started having asthma symptoms and found myself in the ER the day after Christmas. My husband drove me in a snow storm to the hospital where I received my very first breathing treatment via Nebulizer.  I was prescribed a rescue inhaler (I needed to be rescued several times a day), and put on a course of Prednisone.  Naturally, I wasn’t happy about taking steroids during pregnancy, but breathing is a good thing.

Currently Taking: Albuterol Inhaler as needed

Death By Peanut

My first pregnancy brought with it asthma, and my second gave me food allergies.  After having my second child, I suddenly started reacting to foods.  I never had a food allergy (minus a short lived dairy allergy as a baby that I quickly outgrew), so this was quite a shock and a major annoyance.

Here is a list of foods that can kill me:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts – Hazelnuts, Walnuts, and Almonds specifically
  • Eggs (only if it’s just the egg. I can eat cakes and breads with eggs in them)
  • Raw apples (if only Eve had had Oral Allergy Syndrome like me)
  • Carrots

Am I forgetting anything?

Eating at restaurants has become a challenge.  If your restaurant doesn’t have a food allergy menu, you will not find me there.  Let’s just say, I eat at Chili’s…a lot.

Currently Taking: Benadryl and Epinephrine (adrenaline, epi-pen) as needed.

It Burns!

I’ve always had stomach problems.  It used to stem from stress, but not it stems from food.  I’m talking about Acid Reflux, and it is one of the most agonizing conditions I’ve ever had.  It often creeps up without warning.

It begins with a horrible itching in the ears.  My first thought is usually, “What’s in my food that I’m allergic to?”, but then I quickly realize that it’s acid reflux when I feel the bubbling pressure in my stomach, chest, and throat.  I’m often found groaning and breathing in bed, like a woman in labor, until the symptoms subside.  TUMS isn’t helpful…not at all.

I took a medication for this problem, but it only caused me to have crippling stomach cramps.  I literally fell to the floor in agonizing pain.

The best treatment for me is to avoid foods that cause me problems.  If I’m having many episodes of this, I will start drinking a hot cup of water mixed with lemon juice before meals.  It’s not pleasant, but I prefer it to the alternative.

I’m Freaking Out, Man!

On top of it all, I also have an anxiety disorder.  I have had problems with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager, but in recent years it got so bad that I found myself in the emergency room frequently.  Make no mistake, anxiety / panic disorders are very real. I was diagnosed with something called Dysthymia.  My symptoms vary in severity and type.  Sometimes I just start to freak out.  Other times, my mind is racing so badly that I can’t get anything accomplished.  Other times, if the freak out is severe or the constant worrying is prolonged, I will begin to have physical symptoms such as tongue and throat swelling.  I have to take a step back and ask myself if it’s a food allergy or anxiety and stress.

When I was in and out of the ER, we thought it was food allergies.  Naturally, they injected me with Benadryl and Epinephrine, and prescribed Prednisone.  LOL  Yeah…do you know the side effects of these drugs?

Benadryl can cause excitability.  Oh, yes, that was helpful.

Epinephrine is adrenaline – a great addition to a panic attack already in progress.

Prednisone is a steroid. Need I say more?

Unfortunately, I will require these medications from time to time due to my allergies and asthma.  I hate using my inhaler, also a steroid, because it makes me jittery and causes my mind to race.  Basically, the treatment for one ailment causes symptoms of the other.  Go figure.

Currently Taking: Prozac

They Love Me!

In addition to all of the above, or perhaps because of all of the above, I catch just about everything that sweeps through.  I think I catch a cold every month or two, especially now that my oldest child is in school.

My Offspring

Speaking of my children, they have had the fortunate experience of inheriting many of these ailments.

My oldest son has environmental allergies we haven’t pinpointed yet, although his symptoms seem controlled by the Zyrtec.  He also has peanut, tree nut and egg allergies.  No asthma, although he had bronchospasm with the last virus we all caught and used an inhaler for it.  I suspect he is allergic to cats as well.

My youngest son has environmental allergies.  We recently discovered that pollen is one of them.  The poor child recently got diagnosed with asthma. He has a rescue inhaler and a preventive one.  He is currently on his 3rd course of prelone in a month and a half and is currently averaging 1 ER visit per month for asthma and food allergies. In addition to being allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, he is also allergic to dairy products.  He gets hives, starts coughing, and has itchy eyes, ears, and nose.  He’ll sneeze a lot as well, and sometimes he will start wheezing.

I also suspect he’s allergic to eggs.

My husband?  He’s allergy free.  It’s so unfair.

Managing My Life

Sometimes having all of these ailments can be stressful, but I often find that I must have a sense of humor about it if I’m to survive.  However, lately, we’ve all been so sick so much, I’ve finally had enough.  We’re all so drugged up and still can’t go outside because of the wind and pollen count.  I had to leave a playground with my children recently because my asthma was acting up.  That was the last straw for me.  So I am now on a quest to get healthier and control, prevent, or even cure my allergies, asthma, acid reflux and anxiety (what’s with all the A’s)?

That is why I have started this blog.  It will help me take this one step at a time while getting help and advice from others reading my blog. Perhaps my findings will also help others. I hope so.

I look forward to getting to know all of my readers, and I hope we can get a great dialogue going on how to treat, prevent and cure the diseases that ail us.

Hopefully we can help each other answer the burning question: “Why Am I Always Sick and Tired?”

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Comments

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  2. Holly says:

    I can’t imagine life with all the struggles you must have to live with.. However I have to share with you www. usana.com.. They have some amazing supplements and have had some great successes with allergies and MANY other conditions! I know you take supps, but you have not likely tried these!! If you feed the cells of the body the nutrients they need in a form that the body actually recognizes and can absorb, you get off to a good start. If you also want to check out www. sanoviv.com they are a health treatment center (that has NEVER had a staph in fection) and you might what to go there and have them help you learn to cope better with your issues. I am sorry but if you have been all those meds for sooo long, it will be taking a toll on your body and definitely your organs… Excuse my burst of info, but it just pains me to see people suffering.

  3. Mandy says:

    I have to say “Thank You”!!! I so appreciate your blog. All these years I thought it was just me. I have so many similarities, and I came across your blog because I’m sick again and I just can’t take it. I also have all the allergies known to man, as well as asthma and the acid reflux. I’m also sensitive to many foods but they won’t kill me, I’m lucky there. I have been sick my whole life, not just allergies, sick. This past month alone I have literally been sick 20 of the 30 days, it’s insanity. I thought maybe it might be in relation to my allergies but I took my allergy medication (Alavert) which is so far the only one I haven’t become immune to, and it did NOTHING. So again NyQuil is my best friend. Feeling crummy is bad enough but I will do just about anything under the sun to make my nose stop running, dripping, sneezing, etc. I’m probably not the healthiest person, I’m overweight and I don’t take vitamins. However, I try to eat right, I eat my vegetables, etc. I drink TONS of water, it’s my favorite drink. I don’t do drugs, smoke or drink alcohol. Like you I’m also allergic to cigarettes. I would exercise more to try to lose some of the weight but I can’t exercise when I’m sick, which is alot. When I FINALLY feel good I do try to spend some time on the treadmill. My husband is also one of those people with no allergies and on top of that in the 4 years we’ve been together he’s only been sick 3 times, I hate him, lol. I’m not a big pill person and I hate the fact that I should have to rely on medication to function like a normal person. So I try to avoid medication but I’m to the point where being reliant is such a minimal sacrifice. I so hope that someone can help you so maybe in the future people like me can have some form of hope. Thank you again for the blog.

  4. Always Sick Chick says:

    Mandy, this blog is just as much for me as it is for others like me. It helps to keep me on track and focused on my health goals. It’s made a real difference, much like journaling would.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. :)

  5. Michelle F says:

    Hey –

    So it sounds like you have a few allergies going on there, to say the least. Don’t know about you, but in my group of friends, we ALL have allergies (and annoyingly, different allergies). It makes eating together a real chore.

    Because of that, I designed a customizable, downloadable spreadsheet to make things easier to eat with allergic friends. Here’s to hoping it helps you or your readers.

    Michelle F
    Low Amine Recipes
    http:aminerecipes.com

    SPREADSHEET:
    http://aminerecipes.com/cooking-with-allergic-friends/

  6. Always Sick Chick says:

    Thankfully, my friends do not have food allergies. It just my kids and me, although I have family members who have different food allergies and intolerances, which is stressful, but we make it work. It’s amazing how well you can eat when everyone has a dietary restriction. Thanks for the helpful link, Michelle

  7. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for posting this blog! It makes you feel like you are not alone! I am new to all of this as I recently was diagnosed with adult onset asthma after I had my first baby in June. I have always suffered from seasonal allergies, and truly believe I always had a mild case of asthma that just wasn’t diagnosed. After I had my baby I think it just got a lot worse! Ever since I was officially diagnosed I feel like I am always catching colds, which then turn into bronchitis. It doesn’t help that I am a teacher, and seem to catch everything from the kids! My husband and baby are also catching colds constantly. Is this a common characteristic of asthma? Not to mention I too suffer from anxiety which doesn’t help matters!

  8. Always Sick Chick says:

    Jennifer, thank you for visiting. I have learned, since beginning this blog, that I am not alone. I have met many others like me who suffer from various forms of chronic ailments, and we help each other through it all. It definitely helps to know that you’re not alone. It can be hard to go about your day and feel like the only person in the world who is always sick. We catch a lot of colds here too, but I think the symptoms are worse due to the allergies. It’s sometimes hard to know when it’s one or the other, honestly. Getting the chronic conditions under control will also help with preventing colds and coughs, or at least reduce the severity.

    Thank you for commenting. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Remember to drink A LOT of water, as dehydration can cause an increase in asthma symptoms and is the easiest thing to avoid.

  9. Alana Wright says:

    All of these sound like me. Many allergies, and now it seems that I have chronic fatigue and no real known cause. My Nathuropath and myself think I may have systemic yeast problems. WE have ruled out adrenal fatigue, and heavy metal toxicity so I think that will be my next step. I found a website called The Candida Cleanser and there is a lot of info on that site. I have just started going through it. I do think it will be worth it. There is a new treatment which is just coming to Canada, in which they take some of your blood and put ultraviolet rays through it then inject it back into you and it is said to clean up your blood and by doing that it clears up many things they claim. When I use this treatment I will post about it on my website, so please check it out. It has alternative treatments for cancer and a post about arthritis. I will be putting more on it as I learn more about these things. Take care and God Bless Alana

  10. sandra says:

    I was really happy to stumble upon your blog. I have been like this for about 1 1/2 years. I am a young mom and ever since my child started going to kindergarten i seem to be sick more than not. I feel awful, right now i am running a fever and my daughter is now old enough to understand a bit of what is going on. she gets really attached when i am sick like this because she gets worried which makes it harder for me to rest. i really don’t know what to do anymore. i live superhealthy, eat loads of fruit everyday (even bought a juicer), i work out whenever i am not sick, do not smoke, do not drink a drop of alcohol ever, go to bed before midnight etc… it sucks!

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