Not sure why this post on psychological reactions to vaccines referred to me!
I am hypersensitive to Miralax, which is 100% polyethylene glycol. I remembered the sensitivity, so before my first vaccine, I diluted it to 1/100th strength, with water, and had about 1/4 of a tsp and had a strong neurological reaction (numbness and tingling, severe chills, headache, I forget) instantaneously which lasted about 5 days. This is not the kind of “allergy” that the article refers to. I did not have anaphylaxis. It is a different part of the immune system. I would have done the skin test before my vaccines but due to COVID, I just want ahead. I did talk to my allergist. I have lupus and preexisting paresthesias and tend toward inflammation. That is my only explanation.
So @Creekland and @oldmom4896, according to the hypothesis of the article, since I was terrified at my first vaccination, I should have had a reaction, right? Nope, nothing. So much for a psychological “allergy” or placebo effect.
Conversely, when I went for my third shot, I was very relaxed. But had both an immediate reaction (mild but woozy, headache) and 4 days of side effects, two with fever. I make a distinction between “reaction” and “side effect.” Since I was relaxed, that shouldn’t have happened, right?
I stick myself with a needle every morning for a medication, and I raised a kid with type 1 diabetes, not afraid of needles.
I honestly feel that mainstream medicine has a hard time taking non IgE-mediated allergies or sensitivities or intolerances or whatever you want to call them, seriously. As an older person, my doctors are a lot more respectful of my tendencies with meds and maybe that is one good thing about being older.
Again, not sure why I was alerted to this study but not heading to a therapist at the moment.