Saturday, December 11, 2010

Really, I Am Allergic to Exercise!

Once in a blue moon, this happens and most often when running, I break out in hives!  I've had 2 sever attacks that have sent me to hospital, where I have trouble breathing and I pass out 5-6 times in a short span of time.  After the second time I ended up in hospital I went through a bunch of tests and appointments.  The best diagnosis all of my doctors could agree on was "Exercise Induced Anaphylaxis"  It starts with hives, and I mean HIVES upon hives, on welts.  Even hives on the palms of my hands, eyelids... everywhere.  Then comes the shortness of breath, the dizziness and passing out.  Tonight's reaction, the first in over a year this past May was a little one, just some hives, not real bad (they did get a little worse after this picture was taken). 

In the past when I've had the sever reactions that have landed me in the Emergency room.  I've gone out for a meal, come home and felt EXTREMELY energetic, I mean so energetic that I want to go running!  Since I've figured this out, I don't go exercising after a meal out, especially when I'm feeling very energetic.  We've done food testing, and they can't figure out what causes my reaction.  Commonly an allergy like this is triggered by a food eaten within 4 hours of exercise.  So tonight's reaction was a total surprise!

No need to worry readers, I'm fine.

Since Monday I've been on the new Weight Watchers plan, Points Plus (here in Canada).  The plan was rolled out online on Monday, and I finally got my materials this morning at my Saturday meeting.  It was a long meeting, and I'm still going through the booklets.  So I'll hold off on my meeting post for a day or two until I'm finished reading all the materials and tell you what Points Plus is all about and how I'm feeling about it.

So far the vibes I have about this program are GREAT!  I had been on it 4 days when I weighed in Friday morning, and I'm down 1.5 lbs!  This means I'm sitting pretty at 143.5 lbs.  That's a number I've seen maybe 3 times since I've hit goal.  I'm trying to be really focused with this new program, and perhaps my hard work will pay off and I'll hit my Weight Watcher's goal weight of 137 lbs!


Anonymous said...

Congrats! I'm down a little this week also. I'll happy dance right along with you.

Hey --- that'll work off a few more calories!

fatgirlwearingthin said...

This is by far the strangest thing I've seen; especially the part about being more energetic afterwards. Thank goodness you are all right! Passing out? You have yourself in complete control for not allowing that to affect your exercise habits; I could see that being an issue for some people to want to avoid it all together. See? This is why I call you a warrior!! LOL

Lisa said...

Sorry that you've had the exercise induced hives again, that must be tough to deal with, but glad it was only mild this time.

Stitcher S said...

I have had similar problems with exercise and food, and food testing found I couldn't eat sunflower seeds or oil. I now carry an EPI pen constantly since last time my tongue swelled up and like you I had to go to the E. R. My reaction happened hours after the exercise, but it is still so puzzling why it happens at times, and not at other times!

Keep up the hard work, you continue to inspire me.