What a way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend
June 4, 2012 10:23 AM Subscribe
I had a bad allergic reaction to antibiotics on Saturday. Should I still be feeling crappy today? Uncomfortable details inside.
posted by Perodicticus potto to health & fitness (10 answers total)
First of all, because I know people will understandably say "Ask your doctor," let me explain that my doctor's surgery is shut due to the Jubilee Bank Holidays, and won't be open again until Wednesday. My options in the meantime are 1. to go to an emergency clinic (which I'm reluctant to do, since I don't feel I still need emergency care) and 2. call NHS Direct, where I will be given information from a computerised database. So I thought the hivemind might be a good source of insight for the time being.
My doctor recently prescribed me some Trimethoprim to take on a regular basis to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections. On Saturday I took a pill. After about an hour, I developed fever; red, prickly skin; extreme dizziness and faintness; uncontrollable shaking; severely blurred vision; shallow breathing; and trouble speaking. My husband called an ambulance. By the time a doctor saw me at the hospital, most of these symptoms had improved, except the shaking (they put something like "tremor ++" in my notes), but I had now started vomiting constantly. The doctor confirmed that it was indeed an allergic reaction to the trimethoprim, but said there was no "antidote" that could be given, and that I would just need to wait for it all to come out of my system. He did prescribe some anti-nausea tablets and said that I would be feeling "much better" the next day.
I went home and kept on being sick (and also having diarrhea) until I pretty much had nothing left inside. It took a couple of attempts to keep the anti-nausea pills down, but once I did they seemed to stop both the nausea and the shaking, although they also made me extremely sleepy.
The next day (yesterday) I did feel "much better," in the sense that I no longer felt like I might be dying, but I certainly didn't feel normal either. Although my vision was no longer blurry, my eyes felt quite sensitive to light so that I couldn't read. I mainly lay around and listened to podcasts. I didn't feel like eating at all, but did force down some toast, a few crisps (I remembered my dad buying them for us kids when we had stomach upsets for some reason) and a bit of pasta for dinner. Eventually I went to bed thinking, "Surely I'll be back to normal in the morning."
Except I'm not. Today I've still felt woozy and out of it, and have had a strange sense that everything I'm looking at is two-dimensional. I still haven't been able to eat very much (some more crisps and half a bowl of porridge), and when I went to take a bin out earlier I almost fell on the stairs. I also took a two-hour nap this afternoon despite having had more sleep than I'd thought possible the past couple of days. By the way, I stopped taking the anti-nausea tablets after day 1, so I don't think they'd be responsible for any of this.
Is it normal for me to be taking so long to get over this? Is there anything I can be doing to get better faster? Any advice or shared experience would be much appreciated.