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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2003 06:00 pm
Soz, lots of people with heart problems think they are having heartburn or gas pains.

Montana, how about this - call your doctor tomorrow a.m. and ask whether they think you should see them.
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Montana
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2003 06:00 pm
Sozobe
Thanks again for your concern. I'll see how it is tomorrow and if it isn't better I will go see my doctor. I need to see him anyway to get a new prescription for my inhaler. Funny thing is that my doctor is a heart specialist ;-)

Littlek
That's a good idea. If it's not better when I get up, I'll call to see what he thinks. Thanks for your advice ;-)
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2003 06:00 pm
I agree that it sounds like a spider bite, however there has been an introduction of a small ant along the Fundy coast. This ant, native to N Mexico is aggressive and because its formic acid is in a large dose for such a small ant it can cause allergic reactions for people only moderately allergic. The antihystemine approach is good, and Id go to the doc now cause your body is telling you that you are allergic and if you are bitten again you could go into a severe allergic reaction

I was working up in Baffin Island a few years ago and the stinging , and the biting was unreal. We had a doctor on the team and she was kept busy just with minor allergic reactions from the overwhelmngly large amount of insect bites. Now , most of us who were on the team are allergic to insect bites in a way we never were before. SO beee careful and dont be so dispassionate about this , your body is now loading up with antibodies to that insect and , if it happens again, you could go into shock within a few hours of the bite.
The standard approach is to carry an epi syringe with you and this keeps the swelling down while the allegen dissipates
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Montana
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2003 06:00 pm
Wow! I never thought it could be anything that serious. The swelling has gone way down, so I would think going to the doctor now would be a little late. This is kind of scary.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2003 06:00 pm
Montana - you need to take stuff like this seriously. I'd suggest it's still worth at least contacting the doctor's office about, and laying in a bit of stock - benadryl/epi's - whatever they recommend.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2003 06:00 pm
Yep. Especially because of the factor that a couple of people have mentioned -- the NEXT time whatever this is bites you, it might be much worse. Really worth having it checked out, getting the correct information so you know exactly what you're dealing with and how to protect yourself.

Glad you're doing better, though!
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BeachBum
 
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Reply Wed 11 Jun, 2003 06:00 pm
Wasp stings are the worst. Used to paint houses for a living and have been stung more times than I care to admit, but this one brown wasp came after me one time. Stung me once on the hand, twice in the back as I was trying to get away. Hand completely swelled up and my back was itching for days. Came back with a hornet spray and soaked their nest for a solid 2 minutes.

Fvck with me will ya?

Hey, did you walk around giving people the finger and saying "Look what happened to me". Good times!!
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 12 Jun, 2003 10:04 pm
Thanks for your help everyone. I never did contact the doctor since the swelling had gone down by the time I got up this morning and it's almost all gone right now. I did go to the store and got some Benadryl and soaked my hand in epsom salt. The Benadryl made me tired as heck, but it gave me an excuse not to do much today, lol! I have to see my doctor this month anyway, so I will talk to him about it and see what he has to say.


Beachbum
LOL about the middle finger. I was actually joking around with my mom about that saying if I gave anyone the middle finger, they sure wouldn't miss it, hahaha!
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 12 Jun, 2003 10:06 pm
Beachbum
That's one heck of a wasp story. Jeez!!! that must have hurt. I know how relentless they are. No mercy! Looks like you showed them the same respect ;-)
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