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I have decided against a PAE not because of the procedure itself which I believe is an excellent one but because of my contrast dye allergy.
I was was due to have a PAE but prior to that I had a CT angiogram to map out my arteries. I told the doc I was allergic to contrast dye but he basically said we'll just give you some prednisone before the CT to prevent any contrast reaction.
That was about four weeks ago. Well I still came out in a rash but that was nothing compared to what followed. About two days later I had intense stomach pain followed by a day of nausea. From then on I had a constant gnawing in my stomach and put on 14 ponds in two weeks. My blood sugar has gone through the roof and I have frequent headaches and mood swings.
I was convinced I had developed stomach ulcers.
I went to my GP and he told me he believed my symptoms were due to the side effects of prednisone. I went and googled prednisone and was astounded by what I found. This is truly a horrible drug with severe long lasting side effects.
I sought a second opinion and am going to have an endoscopy to find out what's going on in my stomach. I am angry that at no stage was I advised of what the side effects of prednisone could be. All this from two 50 mg doses of prednisone prior to the angiogram.
I would never ever take prednisone again so a PAE is ruled out for me. I would advise anyone who is allergic to contrast dye to not allow anyone to administer prednisone to you. For me, it was and is a horrible experience.
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