Thursday, Dec 23, 2004
Re: Re: Uticaria
Posted by Shanda on 07/01/04 at 10:54 AM
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My hives started 6 months ago and developed into what the Dr. calls uticaria and dermatographia. I can literally write on my skin and develop a rash whenever my skin is touched. My lips will even swell when I wipe my mouth. At first, it was interesting to write words on myself like something out of “The Exorcist””. But, the entertainment factor ended when the rash didn’t go away and got even worse. I live in a highly endemic area for Valley Fever, so I was tested and re-tested for that when I developed flu-like symptoms. That has now been ruled out. I have had the entire alergy tests run. I’ve been on Zyrtec, Alegra, Singular, and Claritin. The side effects drove me crazy. Not only was I itchy, but now I was extremely depressed about it. Can’t find anything I am alergic to. I am now on an all fruit and veggie diet. 14 days now and it isn’t helping. No dairy, no sugar, no caffeine, no meat, no fun. I had a baby 1 year ago and haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in forever. Maybe it is stress and lack of sleep. Any other ideas? I’m tired of taking pills and I’m tired of being a guinea pig for doctors to try the latest drug. I’m done with the co-pays eating up my savings account. At this point, I’ll just deal with the itching. Thanks for letting me know that I am not alone.