I have not started any new meds nor do I have any lifestyle changes that apparently would trigger an allergic reaction. I have been on Prilosec for the past 7 years or so. I do know that you can develope allergies to medication even though you have been taking them for an extended period of time.
The hives are very few random spots appearing on my extremeties only. Maybe two small spots appear daily. I guess my feeling is this is a reaction to some secondary issue occuring possibly do to a GERD related issue. This may be something such as an infection.
Not to get to far off the topic but the reason I find myself back at the GI doc is;
I started noticing these hives and went to a dermatologist. He treated me for obvious things such as scabies with no relief. A couple of days later my body just crashed. When I say crashed it was as if I could not move and really didn't have the desire or energy to. Like having the fatigue of a terrible cold without having the other symptoms. I also had a lot of aches and pains in places that had never hurt before. A lot of joint pain as well. This developement landed me at my PC doc. She ordered lab work that came back with a positive ANA screen. For those not familiar with ANA screening it is a test for anti nuclear antibodies in the blood. This is usually a warning for a possible autoimmune disease such as Lupas although when positive it is not a diagnosis.
So more tests were done for specific antibodies in an attempt to match them with known autoimmune diseases. I was tested for things such as Lyme and Parvo as well as several other things. All tests came back negative.
A positive ANA does not mean something is wrong as many people have this with no outward signs of any type of disease. But I was feeling horrible. Also a positive ANA can also be caused by infection or cancer. My concern is after living with GERD for a decade (diagnosed in 1999) that something related to that condition is causing the other symptoms. Another development was the feeling as if there was something in the back of my throat. I constantly clear my throat to speak and have a chronic cough. Once in a while I get a minor dull pain in my throat. This is not a reflux pain caused by acid but something different.
One main concern I have is that in 1999 my endo showed a good size ulcer in my esophagus. Funny because the whole time I thought the large white thing in the picture of that endo was scarring caused by the acid. Turns out the white was pus. I have no idea the condition of this ulcer today since it has gone unchecked for 8 years. So this is the short version of why I am having a second endo done. I probably should have had a checkup more recently and that would be my advice to anyone diagnosed with GERD and has visible signs of esophagus damage. I am not too stressed out. I keep a common sense optimistic sense when it comes to thinking the sky is falling. I will definately post the results after the 3rd. Is there a way to post pics? It would be interesting to see others pics of there endo and share mine.