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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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  • I hope that you got the tests that the above poster suggested! That sounds like it needs attention if that is it. Your post caught my eye because my dad was allergic to "caine" drugs. He's the only one I ever have run across that was, but to put your mind at ease on the pain front - they were always able to give him something else when the need arose and he didn't just have to suffer. Good luck
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