When I was younger I had allergies but nothing that wasn't handled by just taking an allergy pill during the spring and fall. However during my sophomore year of high school that all changed. I was diagnosed with Asthma and slowly it became worse, affecting my ability to play Field Hockey. It was "controlled" but not well enough where I could go back to my old daily life just treating the symptoms that I was experiencing.
Fast forward to my college years, I started to get migraines that seemed to stem from eating certain foods, but instead of changing what I ate, my doctor prescribed me the NSAID Anaprox. I couldn't have aspirin due to an allergy. The same allergy my mother had, which eventually caused her death due to an aspirin induced asthma attack. That worked well enough and I went on with my life. I still ate MSG and other related food and just treated the symptoms.
During my early 20s, I had moved from NJ to Virginia with my boyfriend (now husband). I was working at a bank in Northern Virginia when I started to get a headache. My coworker had an Aleve on her so I took that and within minutes I started to have a severe reaction. This was one of the worst asthma attacks I had experienced in my life thus far. Thankfully I was able to recover, and a note was then added to my medical records saying I was not only allergic to aspirin but to NSAIDS as well. Again, symptoms were treated but nothing else was really done.
All during this time I was also suffering from severe sinus infections. I feel like I've been on some sort of antibiotic to treat them most of my adult life. After this experience with Aleve, I have had worsening Asthma, Allergies, sinus headaches, and other symptoms that were always just treated but never really resolved. I was suffering daily and it was affecting my family, home life and work life.
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