Hello everyone. This is my first post and only found this website after going on one solid month of ridiculous, angry itch hives on my hands, arms, now starting on my back and a couple on my face. First, I have been on .125 milligrams of synthroid for several years now. In October my hands, wrists and forearms were causing me a great deal of pain which also involved so much swelling in my hands that I've had my wedding rings increased from a 6.75 to an 7.50 and now to a 9. I was diagnosed in January with Osteoarthritis and AT FIRST was told my blood tested positive for Rheum. Arth. After going to see an actual Rhem Doctor and a Neurologist, it was determined that I do not have actual RA although my blood carries that junk found in Lupus (so confusing to me). Okay, so I was prescribed Celebrex (400m per day) which I have been taking for a couple of months but quit one week ago when this hive issue had become unbearable - thought perhaps I am allergic? Went to see my Rheum. Dr. last Wednesday and said he thought I had infected hair folicles (WTH?). I am an extremely clean person and found this to be quite offensive. Ended up at an Urgent Care Center on Thursday - leaving work early because I was scratching myself crazy - was given a steroid injection and placed on 6 days of steroids. I do take Allegra daily and have also been taking Benadryl at night, PLUS, the urgent care doctor gave me a prescript
ion to help control the itch (basically a stronger version of Benadryl) which I have been taking since last Thursday. Nothing seems to help, only getting worse. I went to my primary care doctor yesterday and he confirmed the mystery! I have HIVES! OMG, I am so wore out. He prescribed a higher dose of steroids (which I have not filled) and wanted me to come back and see him in a week if they don't get better, which I know they will not, and then send me to a dermatologist. I am at my wits end..., but then I found this forum! Why, oh why did my doctor never even bring up my hypothroidism and the possibility that it is the cause of these disgusting angry hives? Anyway, I went to GNC this morning and purchased $95.00 worth of Tumeric and a Probiotic to hopefully help ease my joint and bone pain since I am now off of Celebrex and the Probiotic to try to strengthen my immune system. BTW, I work out regularly and have for 17 years straight. I am by all rights at least to the human eye, in good shape on the outside except for the ugly hives and now scabs riddling my arms and hands (starting on my back now). Any advice any of you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I really want to try and help myself and not have to spend anymore money on special doctors and stupid prescript
ions that ARE NOT helping.