Bing cherries, bursitis and angioedema

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   Posted 4/22/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I'm new to this site -- just found it this morning --- and I admit to not reading any other posts yet, as I wanted to jump right in and tell my story. Hopefully others can relate and they could share their story with me too.

about 5 years ago I had been suffering from bursitis in my left hip. Actually it had started several years prior to that, but reached an intolerable level about 5 years ago. At that point it was so painful I couldn't find a comfortable way to sleep at night. A visit to my doctor and a shot to the hip did little to correct the situation. Medication also did next to nothing. Then accidentally I'd heard someone suggest I try eating Bing cherries. They supposedly have some sort of chemical in them that worked wonders on bursitis. Skeptical, but since the cherries were in season, I bought a large bag of them. I ate a handful or two daily, and within a week the pain was cut in half. I couldn't believe it! By the time Bing cherry season had passed, the bursitis pain was tamed to a reasonable pain limit.

A year later and during the next Bing cherry season the pain was back to being a little stronger again, so I bought more cherries. Once again I was almost pain free by the end of the cherry season.

However, the next year something else happened when Bing cherry season started and I bought a bag. about an hour after I ate the cherries, I felt a numbing sensation in my lips. Part of my lip started to swell, and since I never had had a food allergy reaction before I had no idea what was happening to me. Since I had eaten other things besides the cherries at lunch time, I didn't associate the reaction with the cherries, nor did I even think I was having an allergic reaction to food, because it had never happened before. I had no idea what was happening.

Long story short, I found out that now, whenever I eat Bing cherries, my lips will swell up. (Naturally I quit eating them.) At the time I first experienced this reaction I had no idea the swelling that was occuring had a name ---- angioedema. As long as I stayed away from eating Bing cherries, I was okay however. I decided they must spray the cherries with a preservative type chemical that my body didn't like. I decided putting up with the bursitis was better than looking so freaky when my lips would swell up.

I continued to be okay until around last years Christmas season. That's when out of a clear blue sky I started to get the lip swelling again. And this time it was happening almost every week, no matter what I ate. And it wasn't just my lips that would swell. It would be in my cheeks sometimes, and other times the swelling would slowly travel across my face. It was very strange. Another long story short, when the swelling moved to my throat I ended up in immediate care as the swelling was cutting off my air supply. Scary stuff! That's where I learned the high danger I was in with the angioedema attacks I was having, and was issued an EpiPen.

Several immediate care visits, as well as visits to my doctor plus to an allergist hasn't answered my questions, but it does have the angioedema in check. I take Zyrtec, Zantac 150 and Singulair daily, (at night), and I haven't had a single attack since I started this regime. I do feel my energy level has diminished however. And I tire much more easily now. I'm scheduled to undergo more in depth food allergy testing soon as the basic test didn't show any allergies to food.

So that's my story. I might add that I have never had a rash of any sort, nor have I had any itching, which is normally present with angioedema, or so I've been told.

One thing I did noticed about 2 years ago, which may or may not be totally unrelated, was that my fingers were swollen. I hadn't gained weight, but I couldn't remove the ring that I've worn for decades. It had always been loose before. I mentioned the swelling to my doctor at the time the swelling started, but he thought nothing of it as I was healthy otherwise. Now on the meds I can occasionally remove the ring for the first time in over 2 years.

I would be interested in knowing if others can relate to my story. And I'd appreciate others sharing their experiences with angioedema. Thanks!

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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 5/29/2011 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I am having these same angioedema? reactions to cherries. I never had these earlier in life and believe it is spraying also...but who knows.
I am already on Zyrtec, so maybe it is the other drugs that are helping.

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 5/30/2011 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you are seeing an allergist! With serious reactions you should never do self testing without his OK.

Have you tried eating cooked or canned cherries? Some people are sensitive to fresh but not cooked cherries.

If you wash the fruit well before eating you should be able to remove a lot of toxic chemicals, but some are absorbed by plants through the roots. Fruits and vegetables shouldn't be sprayed when the fruit is on them, but I sure wouldn't count on it.

It's easy to acquire a new allergy by being exposed to it. I fed birds for many years, then I found I have a bad allergy to sunflower seed. I get shots now, still feed birds and avoid eating sunflower seed, sunflower seed butter.

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   Posted 6/13/2011 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
a year back, i had a similar situation, i dont know what exactly caused my angioedema. but my lips suddenly started having irritation and chapped feeling and within few days they were swollen and so are my under eyes. and i had irritation all over my face. my breath was warm and i felt like being sick and in fever. i went to see the doctor before taking any medication and he gave me anti-allergy and steroids for 10 days. soon after 10 days i went back to normal and there was no sign of any allergic reaction on my face and i was happy to know and SEE that it is finally over.
BUT after few days, i started getting this chapped feeling on my lips again. but there wasnt any swelling. i kept using anti allergy medicine(anti histamine) for few more days but that really didnt help at all. so i left any medication and started using some good lip balms(burts bees, philosophy, neutrogena etc) and that helped as long as im wearing the balm but as soon as i get my face washed, the tinggling and irritation came back and since then to this day its been like this :( and what i hate the most is my lips have turned so much dark and irritation is till there. they stiff, itchy and black. no matter what i do they just dont change at all. please someone help me with this.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 6/13/2011 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you been back to the doctor lately about this?

Your lips being stiff, itchy and black is not good. See a doctor ASAP!
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