Posted 1/24/2012 12:43 PM (GMT -6)
I am 20 years and currently a Junior studying pre-med/biology. about 5 weeks ago as I was studying for my Organic Chemistry final, I noticed that my arms and chest/back had some small hives/red bumps. Unfortunately, ever since that day they kept coming back basically every day ranging in size etc.I also had some mild swelling of hands and feet at some point. I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder about 4 years ago for disturbing thoughts and I'm pretty sure I have severe hypochondria because I always have the need to diagnose myself and I freak out from minor bodily sensations. I went to see an allergist and she confirmed that I have chronic urticaria. I have been taking Zyrtec which works most of the time but I still randomly get hives even while on it. Being the type of person that I am, I'm dying to figure out why this is happening to me and the "unknown" is my biggest enemy when it comes to symptoms. I really really really really want them to go away forever and I feel like I trapped-my parents just say that I'm spoiled and that this is not serious (which I understand that it isn't) but for some reason I cannot help but be anxious all the time because of these stupid hives.