Allergy Shots? Do they help?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by meditationlotus, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. meditationlotus

    meditationlotus New Member

    Have allergy shots helped anyone here with inhalant or other allergies?

    Has anyone worsened from taking them? My allergist is recommending them, but am not sure about it. Thanks.
  2. wildflowers2

    wildflowers2 New Member

    Made me WORSE..I WILL NEVER get one as long as I live..I didnt have the flu last year and the years b/4 I had the &^^%$ shot I was sicker than a dog!!!!
  3. meditationlotus

    meditationlotus New Member

    everyone. JamminHealth, I haven't tried the grape seed extract. I take everything else. I am maxed out financially, but will have to try it.

    I know that you have said much good things about it.

    I am glad that it helps you.

    I intuitively don't think that the shots will help. But maybe I have just given up hope.

  4. Empower

    Empower New Member

    I tried them two different times in my life and I never saw a difference
  5. dragon06

    dragon06 New Member

    I took allergy shots for 3 years for my allergies and they worked great. I don't need the shots anymore and only use a nasal spray at night before bed for some post nasal drip which may or may not be from allergies.
  6. Catseye

    Catseye Member

    Most allergies are the result of digestive problems. If you don't resolve the problem, I don't think the shots will work very well.

    Most people can get rid of their sinus issues just by giving up dairy. The casein milk protein stimulates the immune system to make antibodies because it is extremely hard to digest and the immune system goes after it as a foreign invader rather than an undigested food particle. It makes the immune system hypersensitive to other things like cats and pollen.

    This is way over doctor's heads and they won't recommend things like dietary changes, only shots and antihistamines. But if it is dairy, or one of the other top 10 allergens like gluten, soy, eggs, nuts, shellfish, corn, etc. then you are overworking and confusing your immune system and that's not something you want when you have cfs/fibro - you need it working to make sure you don't get the other opportunistic infections that invade us.

    I gave up dairy and got rid of a 30 year long hay fever problem. I thought it was cats and pollen, but my sinuses don't bother me at all, now. In my case, and probably most people's cases with cfs/fibro, it's an indirect allergy caused by milk overstimulating the immune system, so their allergy scratch tests would be useless, and so their shots would be useless.

    best wishes

  7. dani78xo

    dani78xo New Member

    I just developed allergies this past spring, and severe asthma over the summer. My doctor had mentioned them previously, but hadn't suggested them because I hate needles, and the prospect of getting shots EVERY week was not an exciting one.

    I decided to try them, though, after having trouble with my asthma and going through several allergy and asthma meds. The day I went, I had an asthma attack. My allergies were unaffected, because I didn't have an allergic reaction, but the allergen in the shots set off my asthma.

    Needless to say, I can't get the shots until my asthma is under control. I do plan on getting them, though, because they really didn't hurt and I had no reaction other than the asthma attack. Allergy shots are highly recommended for people with allergy-induced asthma, but only if the asthma is relatively well under control at the time.

    I'd try them, because I know several people who've gotten relief from the shots as opposed to just OTC or prescription medication.
  8. meditationlotus

    meditationlotus New Member

    I have asthma too!

    I think I'm going to try grape seed extract and giving up allergic food first and then allergy shots.

  9. lallerb

    lallerb New Member

    Hi, I'm new to this board. I just couldn't help throwing in my 2 cents worth in.

    I had severe allergies from early childhood(I'm 47 now). Had the scratch tests and was allergic to anything with pollens or fur/feathers. The only food allergy was a slight one to peanuts. My allergies were so severe they caused my immune system to almost completely shut down.

    All that said, I went through about 7 years of allergy shots from age 11 to 18. They helped immensely!! I went from being a very sickly child to being fairly healthy. Although my allergies haven't ever cleared up completey, they're only about 25% of what they were before the shots.

    After reading other posts stating no improvement I realize it's probably a very individual response. If you have good insurance it may be something to check out to see how well you respond.

    I know how much allergies can interfere with your life. I hope you find some relief, and I wish you the best.

  10. tuba

    tuba New Member

    Hi Meditationlotus,
    I was diagnosed with seasonal & animal fur allergies that led to sinus & migraine headaches and severe asthma. I made several trips a year to the ER for asthma attacks & bought a ton of OTC allergy/sinus meds. which I took daily. After ruling out nasal deformities, etc. a specialist recommended allergy shots. I am SSOO much better & not 1 sinus or migraine headache any more. At my allergy check-up this month, my oxygen exchange rate was 95%. It has taken 4 yrs. of shots. Last week I had my last shot & I am on barely any allergy meds. now. I am so pleased about how things worked out for me. If you decide to go the allergy shot route, I wish you success. This was not a "straight" road. The dr. had to adjust my meds & dosages many times along the way.
  11. meditationlotus

    meditationlotus New Member

    I was just recently able to get health insurance through a new state-sponsored program, and I have so many health issues to address. I am doing them one at a time. I am not good at multi-tasking.

    I guess the allergy shots help some people. That is good to know.