It started about a month ago when the weather turned nice...we are under renovation and i went to see how the boys were doing and got sidetracked cleaning out some dead stuff from the garden. got covered in what i thought were bites and even found some bugs in my clothes...bites up my legs and around my waist. they looked like mosquito bites but irregular. freaked out...hate bugs. things subsided and i washed my work clothes. next day...same thing. caught some of the bugs had them identified as common fleas. the bites were not flea bites though..i have had those and they are different. everytime i went outside to work or paint or garden i would have these bites and then a thought occurred that they might be hives...doctor agreed and gave me ranitidine and assured me that if i were allergic to something hives would be it and it would not get worse and it defenitely could not be sun sensitivity. well now when i go outside i do not get hives but i do swell up in my neck and face and throat...i have trouble breathing and feel tight and swollen everywhere above my chest including my throat lips ears eyes and nose. i woke at 5 the other morning and could not breathe so my husband took me to emergency and as i got there my throat closed completely and at that point i panicked which made it worse...they treated me with morphine for the throat pain and prednisone for the swelling and after a few hours released me. since then i have been taking my ranitidine and prednisone, which my doctor would not prescribe and i had to get from an after hours clinic..because i have not actually seen my doctor...his nurse wont get me in til next monday...i am also taking cetirizine which my pharmacist recomended...but i feel bloody awful...tight and swollen and hoarse and wheezy and tired and sad and terrified that i might stop breathing and die. now i know my mental problems..i am bipolar..can make me exaggerate the feelings of anxiety...but with the way i feel pyhsically..i am truly worried about what is happening to me...and i do have to go outside sometimes. other symptoms are red runny eyes.. runny nose.. conjunctivitis.. swollen hands..kind of a weird tingly feeling in my head..a cough..and a feeling of doom...no joke. do i need to see an allergist? why wont my doctor see me? oh and in here as well was possibly the flu with fever..coughing..nausea..diarrhea..headaches etc... do you have any thoughts about what might be going on and what i should be doing??? my family are worried too..that it might be some sort of mild anaphalaxis.
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