This blog was first published on 14th May 2017.
Last year I got the Kenalog Injection to help combat my hayfever. I wrote about my experience and the side effects that came with it. This year I haven’t had the injection.
On May 13th, 2017 I had a Kenalog injection. Although it’s for a fairly innocent ailment (hayfever), the immediate side effects are not so innocent. Joint ache, mood swings, insomnia, dizziness, and nausea to name a few. It’s a treatment I would only recommend to severe sufferers like myself who often have to depend on an inhaler (and not the kind you sniff up your nose, the kind you have for asthma) to breathe properly when the pollen count is high.
The private GP who administered the injection recommended it be a one-off thing. He explained the side-effects to me including the long-term side-effect that could result in needing steroid injections for the rest of your life. Luckily I wasn’t one of the rare few who experienced this.
Alternatives to the Kenalog Injection
The doctor I spoke to recommended a spoonful of local honey daily – even out of hayfever season. I didn’t take his advice – which I’m now regretting.
Anti-histamines are the most common treatment for hayfever. I’m taking these this year. I’ve not found them very effective, unfortunately. So I’ve started taking the doctors advice and having a daily bee pollen capsule (an alternative to local honey).
I’ve also started using an air purifier called Pure Aire. This has made a huge difference for me and makes indoor management of hayfever much better.
My experience after the Kenalog Injection
I’m so lucky to have a wonderful and loving family. After my injection, I came home feeling weak, dizzy, and aching. As I got through the door, my family settled me on the sofa and listen carefully to me as I told them the possible implications of the drug and how I was feeling at that point. Then they cleaned the ground floor of the house together and let me sleep on the sofa.
I was made cups of tea whilst I watched “Deadly Women” on Netflix. After my injection, I’d purchased a Sea Salt & Lavender candle, so I burned that and enjoyed the soothing aroma. Whilst the boys continually came in to check up on me and ensure I was ok.
My husband completely took over, making dinner, walking the dogs, prepping the coffee machine and juicer, and getting me blankets, gin, and ginger beers. He was an absolute rock to me.
How I helped myself recover from the Kenalog Injection
The following day I woke up feeling a bit delirious and out of sorts. I took care of the most important tasks that would improve my overall wellbeing.
- Buy food for the week
- Have some grapefruit juice
- Fold and put away the laundry
- Empty the dishwasher
- Make a cheeseburger casserole
- Iron the school uniforms
I also took plenty of rest and embraced the support of my family.
Do I regret having the Kenalog Injection?
No – although it left me in pain at first, I spent the entire summer hayfever free. When I compare it to my experience this year it was liberating. I was able to enjoy our summer carnival without suffering, whereas this year I couldn’t wait to get home because I felt so terrible.
I’d love to find a less risky alternative to the Kenalog injection that would provide me with the hayfever relief I experienced last year. I hope that continually taking the bee pollen capsules or even finding a local honey supplier will result in total hayfever relief.
I’m also trying to eat a healthier diet. Being healthy always helps fight off feelings of discomfort, so my hope is that my diet will help reduce my hayfever symptoms and improve my overall wellbeing too.