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    Exercise induced anaphylaxis?
    surfhelp posted:
    Ok here is my story. No one has been able to solve this yet, so hopefully I can get some help here. I have surfed my whole life, but starting one day about 7 years ago I have an awful reaction every time I surf. Here are the facts:

    1. I have a bad fish allergy
    2. I used to be able to surf
    3. The reaction happens every time
    4. I have tried surfing from San Diego to Oregon and its the same reaction no matter the location or season.

    After about 1 hour in the water I feel the base of my throat start to get tight. My back then starts to cramp. And I mean cramp bad. My chest then starts to hurt. I then go into a choke reflex where I salivate excessively and I have a hard time swallowing. Its tough to just take a drink of water. Once the symptoms hit it will take 1-2 hours to go away.

    I am not allergic to the neoprene wetsuit because I have worn it in a pool for the same length of time.

    I thought it was just my muscles cramping because I am not in my 20s anymore and I do not surf frequently. So I have been doing yoga now for six months trying to loosen up. I went to surf several weeks ago and got out of the water after about 45 minutes and was fine. As I was driving home the symptoms came on strong.

    I can jog with no problems and do other forms of exercise with no problems.

    When I get an allergic reaction to fish, which I have had only a handful of time because I am careful, my face usually swells up. I do not recall my back every cramping so bad.

    I don't know if this is even an allergic reaction at all.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Aqua14 responded:
    What about consulting a physician? You said, "No one has been able to solve this yet." Were you only talking about people who aren't doctors?

    Please, see your doctor and follow his/her advice. This sounds like it could be life-threatening. It's pretty unwise not to get good medical advice when your life could be at risk.
    It's never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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