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Charity6
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/28/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Everyone!! I've just joined and I've been experiencing chronic hives for five years now. They started right before I had my only child. I've been to several Dr's and am now seeing an allergist who has suffered from hives as well. I'm currently on Cyclosporene, but seem to have grown 'immune' to it. It worked great for the first month, but now I'm having break outs twice daily, and prednesone seems to be the only answer.

These get so bad that I can't go into work because they itch and are sooo painful!! I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only one out there with this condition.. although it's unfortunate that others have to suffer this as well. People in my family don't realize that these hives take every bit of energy from me and my body just needs rest.

I've heard that people have taken anti-depressants to help as well as Lexapro. I'd love to get some feedback on how your hives have been reacting to these meds. I'm up for anything! I can't play with my child because I either hurt or I'm too drained, and he tries to understand, but he's so young. I feel that this is taking so much away from my being with him while he's young and having the proper relationship with him! It hurts emotionally and physically and I've more than had it. I just want my life back. I just want to be able to work out again or go on a walk without my feet hiving up! I'm a drummer, and I can't seem to give that up either.. hives on my hands or not. It's my only escape.

Has anyone been put on medical leave or collected disability insurance due to your hives? NOT that I want to.. I'd so much rather be normal and work my butt off!!! ... but I'm afraid I'm going to lose my job since I have been missing time lately.

Thanks everyone!!

nervymeg
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 3/28/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Charity HI! And a very warm welcome to you here at HW.  I don't have hives so I really can't give much advice but I really wanted to welcome you so here I am...Possibly the hives are something that anxiety is causing???? I really don't know, but if this is the case maybe anti-dep meds can help you (ask the good doctor).

You sound like a wonderful, caring parent and it must be painful to miss out on things with your son.  I sincerely hope that things improve and that you keep us posted on your journey here.  xxx Welcome again xx


I alone can do this, but I cannot do it alone. 
 
NervyMeg


Charity6
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/28/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much for the warm welcome! Yes, my son has been the joy of my life and I love him with all of my heart!

I'll post anything that the Dr's come up with for me, so that others may find hope as well. I tried an anti-depressant once, but it only made the hives worse (Zyban). I'm hoping that maybe there's another kind I may be able to take. I'll check with my Dr. I know that there's hope out there, and it really helps just knowing that I'm not the only one out there going through this horrible, life altering condition. It's frustrating, as is any unusual condition. I can't be on anti-inflamatory medicine because I'm also allergic to any product with any type of pain meds except for Tylenol. (hives, of course)

Thanks again for the welcome! =)

Pressing
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 89
   Posted 3/28/2008 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Charity,
Not sure, you may have heard about this already. But I have a friend who gets hives all over her body more so when she goes through periods of being very nervous. Her's are what they call "shingles".
I myself have gotten hives on my body due to a medication I was taken, found out it made my skin sesitive to the sun, which is why it broke out, so they changed it. Then it was fine, though it did something to me because my first expoosure to the hot sun each summer causes the areas exposed to break out, mostly my hands and arms.
Hope your doctor diagnoses you to give you peace of mind
Pressing
Depression, PTSD
 
"Courage is not the absence of fear, its the ability to look fear in the eyes"
"I have depression, depression doesn't have me"


mynycbunny
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 22
   Posted 3/29/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
This is going to sound strange but here goes...I had hives for three years straight and I was in a bad marriage that was really bad the last three years.  The day that I left him is the day my hives went away and I am not exagerating!

silverbaby
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/31/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
We are sisters and live in Australia, both in distress with hives as specified on your site. Blisters on toes, hands, mouth, eyelids, stomach area, upper and lower arms, back of ears, back of necks, throat and chins. Both of us are oldies, lol, and have been on the diets specified by Allergy Specialists as well as physicians and notwithstanding the odd alternative health stint. With a severe diet, (and nothing pre-prepared that has a hint of a number) prednisone and anti-histamines, not driving, (gripping the steering wheel gives welts between the fingers) we were able to keep it to a level where the thought of jumping off the nearest bridge was held at bay.  We now know of many children in Austalia that are having huge problems with food allergies and intolerances.
Apart from the fact that we are sisters by birth, we are not alike, eat differently, drink differently, she is tall,I am short, I have white hair, she is grey even different weights and careers, live in different towns. Now my sister has a real problem as the hives are turning into bruises/bleeding under the skin and the wait to get into a specialist is abominably long. If this condition is worldwide, as it appears to be, why is something not done about it. I would even agree to be a guinea pig for treatments to save others from this hot, itchy painful hell. 
 
 

stkitt
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Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 4/1/2008 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Charity,

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to you on your first visit to Healing Well! To help you get the most out of the A & P Forum please take the time to browse our threads  as you may find some great information posted by other members.

I am so sorry you have chronic hives. I have heard of patients on Tricyclic antidepressants. Examples include amitriptyline, nortriptyline and doxepin. These medications have antihistamine properties and can help relieve itching. I wish I had more input for you but I am here to support you along with all the members of A & P.

I understand your frustration and anxiety as this condition is keeping you from playing with your child but  keep talking to us.  I see you found some members who do have the same condition. That is great to find support.

Hugs to you
KItt

 


 
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
Not a mental health professional of any kind
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 


stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 4/1/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Silverbaby,

Welcome to HealingWell and I am so sorry your Sister and you have the same affliction.  I am sure you have read many articles and are very familiar with the condition.

We also have a forum on Allergies. You may want to post in that forum also as I am sure this is a topic that has come up there.

Here is the link to the allergy forum :)

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=7

I understand how all of these disease processes cause anxiety and please keep talking to us.  We are here to support you in any way we can.
Again a warm welcome to both of you.
Kitt
 
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
Not a mental health professional of any kind
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 

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