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Nov 7, 2012

Ok, Usually I would be talking about Mystic when talking about an allergic reaction. BUT....NOT THIS TIME! 
This time....it's about me! I included a picture of Mystic, because right now, I look hideous and no one would like to see that. It took me 3 weeks to figure out exactly what was going on with me. I don't know if I'm just dumb, stupid, thick headed or what. But, by the time I figured it out, the damage had been done!

You see....I've been taking 2 different pain medications for my disabilities for the last 5 years. Every day, for 5 yrs., I took 2 / 30 mg. oxycontin a day. Well, starting in August, I lost my medical coverage and I could NOT afford this pain medication. I was also taking Percocet 10/325 mg. 1 pill every 6 hrs. That, I could afford. The oxycontin, however, was going to cost $626.00 a month. So...what my Pain Specialist did was to switch my medication to ms contin, still 30 mg., same dose, 1 pill 2 times a day. Both pills do the same thing, they are both time release and long lasting. This medication cost me $35.00 a month and I could afford it. So far so good!

In fact, the first 2 months, I had NO PROBLEMS AT ALL! Everything was the same. Almost 4 weeks ago now, I had my prescription filled and when I got it home and opened it, I noticed it was a different color. I called the Pharmacy right away. The Pharmacist told me it WAS the same medication, just a different Manufacturer. OH, OK! No problem, right? OH SO WRONG!!

Little by little, as the days passed, I started to itch on different parts of my body. I thought I might have gotten bit by something, then I thought maybe the laundry soap I used was too harsh (it wasn't my usual brand), I had all kinds of excuses for why I was itching. Then I started to get the rash! Not just a little rash either, I'm talking EVERY WHERE on my body!  It really started to get out of hand though, when the storm Sandy hit us! It was like, BAM! TAKE THAT! The first day we lost electricity, it just went wild. As I know now, it's HIVES that I broke out in! It is NOT a pretty sight! My face looks awful and so does my body.

I looked up a variety of rashes, symptoms, etc. after we got the computer back up and it was nothing that I saw. FINALLY....just last Friday, I looked up an allergic reaction to medication (rashes) and then narrowed it down to MY MEDICATION. I'll be darn if it wasn't EXACTLY what I had on my body. I called the Pharmacist right away, explained what was happening, and he told me, YES, I WAS HAVING AN ALLERGIC REACTION. Because the meds. are generic, whatever THIS MANUFACTURER uses as fillers or dyes, was causing me to have it. He suggested I call my Dr. immediately and STOP taking the medication. Of course, my next phone call was to my Pain Specialist. She also advised me to STOP TAKING IT IMMEDIAELY, which I did.

Now, being on a narcotic pain medication for 5 yrs., every day, twice a day, I was prepared for some sort of withdrawal. But...my Dr. said it shouldn't be too horrible because I still have the other pain medication that I take also. It has NOT been easy! Even though I do take the other pill, there is withdrawal  symptoms from not taking this one. My Dr.'s appt. is tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 8th and I will be able to get everything back in order. 
What's bothering me now, more than anything....IS THE MARKS ON MY FACE AND EARS! The itching isn't fun either, but I know that will clear up given time.

The reason I'm sharing this is two-fold! 1) IF YOU THINK SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT, PLEASE TAKE IT SERIOUSLY AND CALL YOUR DR. IMMEDIATELY, NO MATTER HOW TRIVIAL YOU THINK IT IS. And 2) I WANTED MY FRIENDS ON HERE TO KNOW WHY I HAVEN'T BEEN ACTIVE THE WAY I USUALLY AM ON HERE!!!

I hope everyone has a great day today. Wow, I just looked out my window and IT'S SNOWING!! WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?? BTW, I'm in NJ, where Sandy hit hard and we're supposed to get another bad storm today. But, WHERE DID THIS SNOW COME FROM?? HAHAHA! REALLY, HAVE A GOOD DAY!                 

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Posted: Wednesday November 7, 2012, 10:03 am
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Terry V. (30)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 4:38 am
Barbara,
Check with you Dr. about Benadryl. I ALWAYS keep it in the house. Ask the dosage as it can be taken at a much higher dose than what is on the bottle
. Ask your Vet about how much Mystic can take also. I give this to my dog even though I give him an allergy shot every 3 weeks.

I had a SEVERE reaction to the Flu shot this year. Benadryl saved me.
Hugs,
Terry

Linda MacRae (47)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 5:44 pm
I am so very sorry to learn about your medical problems. I know exactly what you are saying when you mention the pain meds. I am on the same meds and have been for more than 5 yrs. I understand what you must be feeling but I am hoping that you are now feeling better as time goes by. I hope it was only the dye in the oxycontin and not something more? However, you are right about not trying to self diagnose. When it is something as awful as what you experienced - get immediate medical help! I am sure you will the next time. (hopefully there won't be a next time and you will recover quickly without any further complications).
Terry mentioned something about benadryl and she is correct. If the itching persists the benadryl should help with that.
I will end this with wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and a comfortable day eating lots of goodies. You certainly deserve it. Also, I am sure Mystic was a great help?
Love you,
Linda

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