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Afraid to eat!!!

  • Posted By: ChristineK110986
  • December 20, 2010
  • 10:31 PM

Since June of this year 2010 I haven't been able to eat solid foods. I don't know what is wrong with me. I have been to an ENT, had an Upper GI done, a barium swallow, and an allergist. The ENT told me that I did have some redness and swelling on my larynx, which is common in patients with a form of acid reflux called LPR. But now the ENT also wants me to go do this swallow study where they hook you up to an x-ray machine and give you different types of foods to swallow. I'm sooooo afraid to do this. I'm afraid that I'm gonna choke and die. So .... Ugh! This has been going on for so long and I am so frustrated and I just want some one to help me already. Oh and the allergist found out that I am allergic to dogs, dust mites, and cockroaches. I do have a lot of post nasal drainage she said. And she wants me to take zyrtec. Problem with that is ... I'm afraid to swallow pills as well. I'm afraid to eat anything if there isn't someone around. I've had these choking episodes and I just don't want to go through that if there is no one home. I don't know if that can all be a result of the used couch that I bought with dog dander on it, or a result of the LPR I have, but I really want to get better. I really want to eat pizza and cheeseburgers like everyone else again. I've already lost 20 pounds because of this and I need someone to help me. Does anyone have any ideas?? Is this some sort of phobia?? I know I do have anxiety or panic attacks or something on that order. At least once a day. Has anyone ever went through something like this??

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  • I had the same thing. Developed such bad allergies to dust mites when I moved into a pre-war building (brownstones -- where dust dies and goes to heaven, and exists in exponentially multiplying degrees)...Trust me. Primatine Mist. It will save your life. I couldn't eat solid food for almost a year (hot and watery -- that's how I ordered all my food, just so I could swallow it. Mashed potatoes diet. Ick) and I started compulsively swallowing all the time -- like I had a lump in my throat that got worse every time I tried to swallow it down. And I did the barium swallow. It was awful, they make you drink this nasty stuff and then it makes you burp really loud and they put you on this alien-probe-table thing that rotates all around sloshing the goo around in your belly so they can image your stomach entirely. Extraneous, much?! There's got to be a better way than that ridiculous test -- we're not in the dark ages. Anyway, they found only some unrelated stomach ulcers (unrelated in that they were not what made me afraid to eat or made my throat swell until I couldn't swallow...or couldn't stop swallowing. I didn't even have any symptoms of stomach ulcers. Until I took medicine they gave me to treat them, of course. Naturally). Anyway, don't let them stick anything up or down you :eek: until you try Epinephrine treatment. Primatine Mist is the brand name of the over-the-counter Epinephrine I've been taking. You want the inhaler, not the pills -- I haven't ever tried the pills, the inhaler works so perfectly for me. You can buy the inhaler for about 20 dollars, at any pharmacy, without a Rx (thank god for that -- I'm done with doctors. Charlatans...) I eat solid food now. I eat BREAD now! DRY bread! I swallow easily, and not constantly, and my actual outter appearance has changed because I guess my face and neck had been swollen for a year and I didn't even realize it. And with Primatine -- ADDED BONUS -- unlike allergy medication, Epinephrine...it's a stimulant. It's utterly antithetical, totally different, from Zyrtec and all that other OTC allergy crap which never did a thing for me but put me to sleep. Epinephrine (aka Primatine) is the synthetic form of Adrenaline, a (neural) hormone produced by your body when it requires immediate focus and a burst of mental and physical strength. It's what allows for the flight-or-fight response under duress. It feels kind of like a cup of coffee, but one that works instantly, potently, and one that cures horrific debilitating conditions... (instead of causing them). But Epinepherine is a lot less rough on your body than caffeine -- though you should NOT take it for its stimulant effects. That's dangerous and dumb, and I have to say it in case someone's dumb enough to do it. :rolleyes:Again, ONLY take Epinepherine if you require it for it's vaso-dilating effects to alleviate anaphalactic/allergenic symptoms including swollen throat and other related symptoms discussed herein (which, it sounds like you definitely do). The quick pick-me-up effect is just a nice change from what we're used to with the other treatments we've tried -- it's nice to use a medication with a side effect that's actually kind of pleasant ... whereas allergy meds have side effects that are sometimes just-as-bad as the condition it treats. Seriously, I was sick, clinically emaciated (and unlike those eating-disorder girls, I KNEW I looked like Skeletor, and I hated it), and after being effing hungry for solid food for more than a year, I made it all go away with twenty bucks and trip to CVS. Ha. It almost hurts.The stupid OTC inhaler, primatine mist, made all symptoms go away instantly, and I use it as needed still. I haven't ever gotten those symptoms back. It's been ... gosh .. two years now. Inhalers are not just for asthmatics, I learned. Plus, aren't they stylish? ;)Dude, they should pay me to talk them up like this. honestly though, they've kind of monopolized the market on Epinepherine. I know there is the EpiPen, but I think it's via Rx only (boo) and I also think you have to inject it (think pulp fiction when that girl ODed) :eek:So, I guess Primatine is the only brand that sells it OTC, but if you find any other brands or whatever, just make sure it Epinephrine and that's it's through an Inhaler. And you're golden! Let me know how it goes.hatz lacha, hun!xoxo
    MeanReds85 4 Replies
    • December 21, 2010
    • 11:28 AM
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  • Since June of this year 2010 I haven't been able to eat solid foods. I don't know what is wrong with me. I have been to an ENT, had an Upper GI done, a barium swallow, and an allergist. The ENT told me that I did have some redness and swelling on my larynx, which is common in patients with a form of acid reflux called LPR. But now the ENT also wants me to go do this swallow study where they hook you up to an x-ray machine and give you different types of foods to swallow. I'm sooooo afraid to do this. I'm afraid that I'm gonna choke and die. So .... Ugh! This has been going on for so long and I am so frustrated and I just want some one to help me already. Oh and the allergist found out that I am allergic to dogs, dust mites, and cockroaches. I do have a lot of post nasal drainage she said. And she wants me to take zyrtec. Problem with that is ... I'm afraid to swallow pills as well. I'm afraid to eat anything if there isn't someone around. I've had these choking episodes and I just don't want to go through that if there is no one home. I don't know if that can all be a result of the used couch that I bought with dog dander on it, or a result of the LPR I have, but I really want to get better. I really want to eat pizza and cheeseburgers like everyone else again. I've already lost 20 pounds because of this and I need someone to help me. Does anyone have any ideas?? Is this some sort of phobia?? I know I do have anxiety or panic attacks or something on that order. At least once a day. Has anyone ever went through something like this??There is something wrong with the way your body is working. I would suggest seeing a chiropractor to see if you have interferences with your nerves sending messages on how your body is working, and rejuvenating. I have first hand experience with a chiropractor removing interferences to my health. It works!
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