My allergies have gotten progressively worse over the last 5 years. I saw an allergist and was tested. He only found me to be allergic to dogs (which I have always had...how did I suddenly develop this?), dust, and dust mites. I am on every allergy med possible..Zyrtec, Singulair and Flonase and I still have a lot of allergy symptoms. Since I have an undiagnosed AI disease, I am not sure if I can get allergy shots. Also, I am wondering if the AI is causing a viscious cycle with the allergies. I feel like I've been sick for 6+ months straight. My throat has been sore a lot, my glands swollen, and one of my tonsils is mildly swollen. I am at my wits end with feeling so lousy. The rheumy hasn't confirmed any dx yet but I think I need to start taking plaquenil to see if that helps anything. I also think I have sjogren's because I have had dry mouth and dry eyes that seem to wax/wane over the last few years along with other symptoms. I feel like I can't live being in this limbo and still suffering. I work 2 jobs and I feel like I can't continue to feel so bad most of the time.
Also, has anyone been tight/tender near the rib cage? Sometimes this gets so bad it feels like a brick is on my chest. Then other times it is just sore there if I touch it. Could that be costochondritis? Has anyone had that?
IBS 1997, fibro 2003, HBP 2006, UCTD 2007
Current meds: Zyrtec 10 mg, Singulair 10mg, Flonase (all allergies), Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg for high blood pressure, ibuprofen/tylenol for pain, amitriptiline 25 mg for sleep
Emily B. 30 years old, IBS dx 1996, allergies since 1997, fibro dx 2002, HBP dx 2006, UCTD dx 2007, current meds: hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg, singulair 10mg, zyrtec 10mg, flonase, amitryptiline 25 mg