Mar 15, 2012

Our experience with allergy shots

When my daughter Briahnna was about 7, she started suffering from severe headaches. It went from maybe 2-3 times a week to 24/7 over the course of a few years. We took her to the doctor and he recommended an MRI. It came out fine. He had her go through it again. Two tests later, nothing. He couldn't figure out what was causing it. He then sent us over to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. She has her first allergy test when she was about 10. Turns out she was suffering from all the elements in the air... dust, pollen, pet dander and everything else. She was put on allergy medication and it started to help. Her headaches stopped and she was feeling normal again. Well that lasted all of about 3-4 months. The ENT tried changing her meds and although it would work for a while, it eventually stopped. There was always the discussion about allergy shots and I was really not sure how I felt about it. I did know that I was really tired of seeing my child suffer like she was. Finally we gave in and started her on the allergy shot. She would go once a week and get check-ups to see how she was progressing every 3 months. Literally within her first 3-4 months there was a drastic change with the headaches. They were getting less and less. Now she has been going for the shots for about 3 years and lives headache free. It was one of the best decisions we could have made. I wish we did is sooner but like I said, I was very skeptical.

Do you or anyone in your family suffer from allergies? Do you get the shot?

Shelly, Mom Files

5 comments:

  1. I went through allergy shots as a kid I am a severe episodic athsmatic and am allergy to a lot I had them for around a year and was asthma free for 12 months then it stopped workin for me because like every other medication I've ever been on I become immune to it in a sence and it no longer has any effect on me! I also get severe headaches and basically have to just ride it out. I am only able to take panadol so I have to space them out enough so they at least have a little bit of effect! I am glad to read that she is doing great with the shots!

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    1. Oh wow, sorry they stopped working for you. Our ENT says he feels she might be able to go off of them soon. We will see what happens...

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  2. Wow. I am surprised they still do allergy shots. I have never heard of headaches with allergies either. I am surprised and happy it worked for her. When my brother and I were little - 35 years ago in grade school we went weekly for shots. I never felt they made much if a difference.

    Paula
    @inkscrblr

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    1. It is strange that my daughter only had headaches as a symptom of her allergies! Thanks for commenting!

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  3. My allergies are so weird. Some years i have absolutely no symptoms.... and other years I cant stop rubbing my eyes and they are itching like crazy. I havent figured it out yet, but great to know that such a shot exists!!! I hope the boys never have to go thru what I've been thru with allergies. smh

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