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22 September 2007 @ 10:44 am
That's an interesting development  
Several years ago, I was having problems with my nose being constantly clogged. No particular reason, I was just having trouble breathing. In '99, I finally went to see a doctor, who prescribed Flonase, a steroidal inhaler. Over the next several years, I saw a few more doctors (mostly to refil the prescription and tweak it so I didn't get as many nosebleeds, etc), and one of them told me I should supplement the Nasonex (same drug, different dose) with Benedril at night and Claritin in the morning. I took those for a long time, and eventually dropped the Benedril 'cause I didn't notice a difference.

Recently, I decided that the cost of the Nasocort (my current stuff) combined with the fact that I'm taking a daily dose of bone-density-decreasing drugs make it worth reconsidering what I'm doing to my body. So I stopped taking the Nasocort, and as an experiment, I stopped with the Allerclear (Costco's cheaper Claritin equivelant) as well. This is when I made the interesting discovery.

I think I'm allergic to cats.

Without my antihistimines, my nose gets runny and I sneeze a lot, and my eyes get puffy and itchy - and the symptoms increase when I'm around my cats. So needless to say, I'm putting myself back on the Allerclear. We'll see how I do without the Nasocort - so far, my nose is getting a little more clogged, but not to the Apnea-inducing levels it was at before. We'll see...
egheaumaen on September 22nd, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
Cats, Aye?
This wouldn't be super surprising, considering your father and brother had/have the same allergy. But your doctor can run a quick test and tell you definitively.
Idtechnomonkey on September 23rd, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
Not terribly necessary, though. I have symptoms when I don't use the drugs, the symptoms go away when I've got them in my system. It's a functional diagnosis.

And I don't think the Allerclear is doing any significant damage to my system. It's the corticosteroids in the inhaler that I'm worried about.
egheaumaen on September 23rd, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: True.
You're skirting around the difficult question. Is it possible that creating a cat-free home environment for yourself, although unquestionably heartbreaking, ultimately be to the betterment of your health? Avoiding a medical diagnosis effectively procastinates that issue. Convenient, yes, but is that smart?
Idtechnomonkey on September 23rd, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Also probably true
At this point, my symptoms are easily managed through medication. Yes, a cat-free environment would likely be better for my physical health - although with such mild symptomology that is so easily taken care of, I don't know that it's worth the blow to my emotional health. So no, I'm not willing to consider it at this point.

It's when a child enters the picture that we need to seriously consider it. And we will.

Avoiding the medical diagnosis is a financial issue more than anything else. I essentially have disaster-only health insurance, and can't afford to see the necessary practitioners for something that I can manage on my own right now. Once my practice is running successfully, that part will hopefully change, at which point perhaps I can rethink the doctor's fisit.
egheaumaen on September 23rd, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Also probably true
Giving up your beloved cats for the overall benefit of your children? Gee, never heard that one before....... :)
lindasings on September 22nd, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
But you didn't have cats when this was initially diagnosed, did you?
Idtechnomonkey on September 23rd, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
But I've been consistently on the drugs since I got 'em.