I thought I'd post my progress with chronic urticaria. First I'll give you a little background info. For a couple of months before I had hives, I was getting severe acid reflux-I don't know if this had anything to do with my hives, but I thought I'd add that incase someone else has similar symptoms. I had also had a miscarriage 3 months before my hives appeared, but the Dr.'s all said that didn't have anything to do with it. I was also going through a divorce at the time.
I first started getting hives in March 2009. I had never had them before (although I did have eczema in the past), and I was covered in them from head to toe and they itched like mad! I couldn't sleep, I missed days of work, and I barely left my house because I was so embarrassed of my hives. I was scratching non-stop, and bleeding from scratching so hard (i now have scars all over my body). I would also get angioedema at least once a month (usually around my period).
I went to several Dr.'s and specialists (including a naturopath), and I tried all of the elimination diets, cleansing, etc. which didn't help. I also went on the dreaded prednisone for a few weeks. Stay away from the prednisone if you can help it it's horrible stuff. My allergist put me on anti-histamines which helped, but didn't totally take them away.
I know many people out there don't believe in psychics, but I was so desperate for answers that I went to see one that specializes in diagnosing health problems. I asked her what I needed to do to get rid of my hives and she said, "you need tranqulizers." This made me confused as I didn't really know what she meant, so I went home and looked up tranqulizers online and saw that there's ativan, xanax, etc.
So I went to see my GP and talked to him about my depression and anxiety (which I know I had before I got hives, but the hives definitely made my condition worse). He put me on cipralex for depression and ativan for anxiety. I started taking these at the end of October, 2009. It took a few months, but by March 2010 I noticed that my hives weren't as severe.
I also read somewhere to drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated (at least 8 glasses a day), because dehydration can cause hives. It also said acid reflux can be a symptom of dehydration. I asked my allergist about this and he said dehydration doesn't cause hives, but again, I was desperate and willing to try almost anything to get rid of the hives. I've never been a big water drinker, but I forced myself to drink the required amount every day. Within a few weeks of drinking water regularly, my hives were basically gone!
It's now July, 2010, and every now and then I see a tiny hive pop up here and there, but they're basically gone! Now, I don't know if it was because of my antidepressant and antianxiety meds, or from drinking water. It could also be that they simply went away on their own, I don't know....but it's such a relief that they're gone--any hives sufferer out there knows what I mean. I'm still taking all of my anti-histamines that my allergist prescribed: doxepin, zantac, and reatine, because I don't see him until September and I'm scared to stop taking them. One of my biggest fears is that they'll come back. It's so frustrating to have hives and not know what the cause is. Sometimes you may never know what caused them, but to all you hives sufferer's out there, don't give up trying to solve the mystery of your hives! And I pray that all of you will get relief soon.
hives b gone!
Chronic urticaria since March 2009, hypothyroidism, anxiety, depression. Currently taking synthroid, reactine, zantac, doxepin, cipralex, and ativan.