With my doctor’s help, I learned about FIRAZYR® (icatibant injection), a medicine used to treat acute hereditary angioedema (HAE) attacks in adults 18 years of age and older. I didn’t know what to expect at first. But with the help of my doctor and the advice from others also using FIRAZYR, I became more comfortable with FIRAZYR as part of my treatment plan.
Attack the Attacks
Hereditary angioedema (HAE) can rear its ugly head at almost any time, and it’s often unpredictable. However, I have noticed certain things can be a trigger for me, and when those triggers unexpectedly show up in my life, they make me worried that an attack could happen.
Hereditary angioedema (HAE) attacks can not only be stressful in the moment, but even just the anticipation of an HAE attack can cause fear and worry. The symptoms of pain and swelling are not something I look forward to. And for me, sometimes just the worry that I may experience an attack can cause an attack, making it very important for me to learn to deal with my stress.
What frustrates me the most about my husband’s hereditary angioedema (HAE) is the fact that it is so unpredictable. Just when I think I have things figured out, I am faced with reality… I don’t! While I sometimes get frustrated that I can’t predict everything when it comes to my husband’s HAE, I still do what I can to keep myself as aware of his HAE triggers as possible.
I gazed out the window to distract myself from the familiar, sharp pains. We’d had some rather suspicious sandwiches for lunch; perhaps I was just having indigestion? I returned to work, but not 20 minutes later, I felt a sudden pain in my throat threatening my ability to breathe.