Being "eaten" by acid, can't stand much more.

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bumblepie
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   Posted 6/16/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know how much more I can stand.  Rectal and vaginal burning so severe my "parts" are being eaten.  Sores, bumps/welts, severe itching, severe burning.  This has gone on for a month now. It never stops.
I've been on Cholestyramine for two weeks.  I guess it helps a little.  BUT NOT enough.  I had my gallbladder removed a year ago.  Sure, I had diarrhea, but not this BEING EATEN ALIVE! I can't understand, either, why it would affect the vaginal area when I'm very careful how I wipe.  I don't know WHAT to use to soothe the pain.  Have tried zinc ointment, hydrocortisone ointment, proctosone rectal ointment, Canestan cream.  All soothe for a little while, but a very little while.
 
Also, about a week before this started I got a large white welt on my arm, the size of the palm of your hand.  It went away.  Then a smaller welt on face, another on face later.  Today I have a welt behind my ear.
I wonder if the welts and the acid problems could be connected.
I feel this is the final indignity in my long years of bad health.  I just don't know how much more I can stand. 

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   Posted 6/16/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
apparantly you are having some sort of allergic problem. I am not really sure the welt and the other are related but I think you better see a Dr. and soon as it sounds like some sort of sytemic reaction. All this stuff you are using could be making it worse. Get to a Dr. and they can tell if it is a fungal infection that is causing the itching or some allergy. Actually, have you just tried some Benedryl capsules. That is what they give for allergies. Better to see Dr. and they can give you a shot. It doesn't really sound stomach related. If you have a gyno Dr. you might start there.

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   Posted 6/16/2007 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Canyonbabe... it sounds like you need immediate medical attention. Please see a doc ASAP.
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bumblepie
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   Posted 6/16/2007 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I did see my doctor on Wednesday.  He took a vag. swab.  Said he'd call Friday.  He didn't call yet.  I know it's only wait and see.  I just can't.  But... anyway, I suppose I will have to. I've had benadryl in the past and it does nothing.  The only thing that ever helped was being on I.V. hydrocortisone.  I just feel desperate.  I'm thinking when the doctor does call, there won't be anything showing in the swab.  Just more "reactions" to some unknown.
Sorry to rant on, it's just that I've had so many problems for so long, and this is the final indignity.

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   Posted 6/17/2007 1:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree,sounds like it's allergy related.............
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   Posted 6/17/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi bumblepie,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
My heart goes out to you... I really can't imagine having to suffer the way you are with all of this. Like the others have mentioned, I think you need to see a doc ASAP. Don't wait for a phone call or you might be waiting by the phone for days. Go to an Urgent Care and say you can't take it anymore. See if you can see an allergy specialist at some point.
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   Posted 6/18/2007 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
A lady I work with got into the poison oak REAL bad and she went to the doctor for a shot of cortozone and the doctor said, no, that wasn't strong enough, and he gave her something REAL strong for it (she was wired, lol).  So it may be that you can also get something strong enough to kill the reaction. 
 
She was telling me that fingernail polish placed on an itchy spot would kill the itch.  She had such large patches of rash on her body that she actually sprayed herself with clear paint, LOL.  She said it did last her until she could get to the doctor, who was a little surprised by that technique, but shrugged it off.  I don't know if I would ever be that desparate, because something about that just doesn't sound right, but it didn't hurt her, I can say that.  Obviously you can't do that internally. nono
 
Besides looking at allergies, which is the first stop, they need to also check you for autoimmune diseases, as some of those can manifest themselves on the skin.  Make sure they test you for ALL allergies.  I have heard of some people developing really weird allergies to things like the sun and to water. 

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   Posted 6/18/2007 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Usually for real bad poison oak, or an intense allergy, docs will prescribe steroids... Prednisone usually.
Bumblepie, have you been able to get in to see the doc?
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bumblepie
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   Posted 6/18/2007 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your responses.  That's exactly what the doctor did, 7Lil! I just got a week's worth of Prednisone.  He called me this morning and decided that was what to do.  Thank God he did that.  I sure hope it does the trick.

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   Posted 6/18/2007 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh good! I'm glad your doc is trying you on steroids. Good luck! Hope you feel better real soon. Keep us posted.
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bumblepie
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   Posted 6/18/2007 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Keriamon said...
A lady I work with got into the poison oak REAL bad and she went to the doctor for a shot of cortozone and the doctor said, no, that wasn't strong enough, and he gave her something REAL strong for it (she was wired, lol).  So it may be that you can also get something strong enough to kill the reaction. 
 
She was telling me that fingernail polish placed on an itchy spot would kill the itch.  She had such large patches of rash on her body that she actually sprayed herself with clear paint, LOL.  She said it did last her until she could get to the doctor, who was a little surprised by that technique, but shrugged it off.  I don't know if I would ever be that desparate, because something about that just doesn't sound right, but it didn't hurt her, I can say that.  Obviously you can't do that internally. nono
 
Besides looking at allergies, which is the first stop, they need to also check you for autoimmune diseases, as some of those can manifest themselves on the skin.  Make sure they test you for ALL allergies.  I have heard of some people developing really weird allergies to things like the sun and to water. 
 
 
LOL, Keriamon... no I don't think I'll "paint" myself there.
It's great to hear from you people.  I'd never have thought to ask about autoimmune diseases.  I'll have to mention that to him.  He is good at hunting down things, it's just that he likes to eliminate one thing at a time, which makes sense, of course.  At least that way we don't get confused about what was helping what.  I have had allergy tests but nothing showed up.  Maybe another go at it would be a good thing, too.
Thanks so much.
 
Bumblepie, I just moved your post around a bit to make it easier to see what you've quoted and what your reply is.  Hope you don't mind. -- x x x Lil  :-)

Post Edited By Moderator (7Lil) : 6/18/2007 7:18:52 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 6/18/2007 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
When I had poison oak they gave me a Kenalog shot which is a steroid but stronger than Pred, I think. Make sure you take the Pred with food, milk or something good on your stomach and take in AM. It will probably increase you appetite to where you will feel like eating the table. It should really not take too long to see a relief. It is also used for autoimmune problems

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   Posted 6/18/2007 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Canyonbabe.  I sure hope it works fast.  Yes, the label says to take with food, and I would think morning is best.  The doc said it can make you not sleepy.

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   Posted 6/19/2007 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Bumble, did they also test you for food allergies? Those can cause both GI tract problems and skin problems. They might have only run you through the typical skin and nose stuff--pollen, mold, cats, dogs, etc.

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   Posted 6/19/2007 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, they did the food test, as doctor wanted to know about Celiac.  All came out okay, though.

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   Posted 6/20/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, you didn't say how much you were on. Doctors are so reluctant to prescribe it they often underprescribe dosage. A shot would have been a lot faster. You should start to see results in a couple days if the dosage is high enough. I have never had a problem with sleeping with it(not a good sleeper anyway) but you would not want to take it at night. It may make you a little nervous it all depends on dosage and person. Definetly worth a try. It has less of an impact on your overall system if you take in the AM. Not as apt to screw up the adrenal gland but for that short a time you wouldn't have a problem.

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   Posted 6/20/2007 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on 40 mg. a day. I feel a little spinny on it for a few hours in the morning. I don't remember feeling like that a couple of months ago when he prescribed the same thing for asthma. I sure hope it takes a better hold soon. The lumps on my head are better, but the lower regions, not so much better. One week, then nothing. I'm a little nervous about that. The doc. is very reluctant to use prednisone. I understand to a degree, but when things are this bad, it seems a longer stretch on it would be better.

The best help I ever had was in hosp. on a hydrocortisone drip a couple of years ago, which is in the same ballpark as prednisone. I had a reaction to a drug. But, the drip didn't last long enough, either. After they put the heart stent in, I'd been off the drip for a few days. I spent half the next night after heart procedure coughing. Great way to recover. Aghhh. No one in Intensive Care even asked why I was coughing. Go figure.

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   Posted 6/20/2007 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are going to be on that much for 2 weeks I would suggest a taper. That is a pretty good amount to just come off of though they are not tapering as much as they used to with Pred. Were you on that much for asthma? That really is quite a bit for asthma as there are steroid inhalers used more often now for that. Well, hope it does help everything soon. Perhaps the vaginal area has been more scratched. it is different and more sensitive tissue. Or it could be two different things. Have you changed toilet papers. I know thye are putting aloe and softening agents in some.

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   Posted 6/21/2007 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
No, I'm only on it for one week.  It's the same amount and length I was on it for the asthma.  I do have the inhalers.  It was just a "special" time, gah....
But he said if I'm on it for one week I wouldn't have to taper off.
I hadn't changed toilet papers.
 
I just thought about this tonight... one week before the first welt came, which was on my arm, I sprayed Febreze allergy reducer on bed, pillows, couches.  I would think it should help, but given it's a chemical, maybe it's the problem.  I may be off base, but it's just a thought.  The welts took awhile to return as it was a week after the Febreze that I was put on Pred. for the first time.  Hmm... it's beginning to seem suspicous, isn't it?  Who ever heard of being allergic to Febreze???

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   Posted 6/21/2007 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you been to the gyno to also check to see if you have a yeast infection? As I always say, there's nothing that says you can't have two things wrong with you at one time.

My mother also found that she was allergic to bath salts and oils and bubblebath and the like and that that would give her a yeast infection. She also has to be really, really carful about what she uses as a soap down there. She found the only thing that was safe was Summer's Eve products. They used to make a soap, but they don't anymore; I think they have wet-wipes, though. I burn if I use regular soap down there, but the Summer's Eve soap doesn't burn.

bumblepie
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   Posted 6/21/2007 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. Yes, yeast was the first thing ruled out. I have a shower chair in my tub, so I don't soak in anything for the bath.

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   Posted 6/29/2007 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I was so happy to find this post!  Not happy that anyone else is struggling with allergies but happy to possibly find an answer to the same issue.
 
I have been breaking out in hives here and there for 2 months now.  I am a regular Allegra taker (for seasonal allergies).  The hives (and watery eyes, sneezing, etc.) come on almost exactly as the Allegra wears off at the end of the day.
 
I have been going CRAZY trying to figure out what it was.  I use free and clear products for everything and have not started using or eating anything new.
 
I use Febreze all the time - usually on our family room couches.  My husband hates it.  Recently, he started asking me if I though that the Allergan Reducing Febreze was causing my outbreaks.  I kept blowing it off, thinking he just wanted me to stop using it.
 
Tonight, I had another outbreak, really bad nose, eye and throat symptoms....RIGHT AFTER spraying the couch with the stuff and sitting on it not long after.
 
This is proof enough for me - I am done with that stuff.  Luckily we are getting new couches soon too.
 
I hope you feel better soon.  I think you may just have helped me!  : )

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   Posted 6/29/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi KP,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
That is wonderful news you think you may have just figured out what has been causing you trouble. Thank you for sharing.
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