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Bad reaction to Caine anesthetics... Help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 7, 2015
  • 11:48 PM

I am a 43 year old woman who is otherwise healthy. I have developed a bad reaction to Caine based local anesthetics. I feel flushed and weak, then my heartbeat becomes rapid and irregular and my blood pressure drops.

I am also unable to drink any alcohol without swelling, so I don't at all. Could there be a connection?

I have been to an allergist, and am presently under testing, but am very concerned at the underlying cause.

Anyone else experience this or is there a physician who has seen this or something similar? Please help. I am afraid of a need for dental work or surgery in the future and fear I won't be able to have pain relief.

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  • I had the same symptoms you mentioned time and time again. Doctors I went to kept bring up something called carcinoid syndrome and carcinoid tumor. Google those two terms. These are a rare type of usually slow growing hormonally active tumor. My doc said if someone has this condition it can cause flushing when drinking & severe reactions to caine anesthetics. It took repeated blood and urine tests for the docs to "catch" my tumor in a release of the hormone. The best doc to follow can be an endocrinologist. Depending on where you live you might have a specialist in your area; although not likely. The whole situation is rare and for a long time all the docs I saw would say "it sounds like you have a carcinoid tumor but they are so rare I am sure you don't." It took a long time to get a diagnosis. None of this means that the symptoms described are a tumor but ask your doc and google these terms to discuss with your doc. A good website is carcinoid.com

    Good luck to you.
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