I started getting allergies when I was in high school. Every year, like clockwork I would start sneezing just in time for finals. They have gotten progressively worse as I have aged, but until this year they stuck to a fairly regular schedule. The only change was when I moved to LA the “season” extended from May and June to March through July.
This year however, after a reprieve in August and September, the runny nose, sneezing and itchy throat and eyes started up again and it hasn’t quit since. I was on Zyrtec for a while until that no longer seemed to be working for me. I finally decided to stop living in agony for 4 hours each morning and schedule an appointment with an allergist to get tested. I am eager to find out what has been causing such terrible symptoms. The appointment is set for this coming monday and until then I am supposed to avoid taking antihistamines.
After a few days without Benedryl my ears started to hurt, so I decided to go to an urgent care facility to double check that it was just allergies and not an ear infection as well. Sure enough, it was just allergies. The doctor said that the congestion was just so bad that it caused my ears to block up as well. Since she couldn’t give me anti-histamines she prescribed Mucinex D to help decongest my head and ears in the meantime. She said, “This is really good stuff. Take it every 12 hours and you should feel a lot better.”
I was dubious since my main problem is all the sneezing and snot. To my surprise, not only did my ears clear up, but I had zero allergy symptoms the following day and night. However, I was a nervous wreck. I didn’t realize that it was giving me anxiety until last night when I woke up at 3 am and couldn’t fall back asleep…EVER. Somewhere around 5:30 and in between the tossing and turning, worrying that my dog had fleas (she didn’t), and solving two crossword puzzles in bed I thought to look up the side effects of Mucinex D online. Sure enough- Panic Attacks, restlessness, and insomnia were at the top of the list. I only had to wait another 6 hours for it to start to wear off. It’s been almost 24 hrs since my last does and I still feel a little jittery despite 2 cups of chamomile tea (currently brewing my 3rd).
Wish me luck, or rather, wish me relaxation and a good nights sleep!
xoxo- Big Sis