Having been on this planet for 53 years without any serious illness I was shocked at a recent debilitating allergic reaction.
For several weeks I generally felt unwell, I felt fatigued, repeated swollen throat and pain in my chest. I came home from work one day and realised the muscle above my right knee has swelled, which was painful due to the tightness of my skin. The swelling went down after 24 hrs. about
five days later I really started to feel unwell. My throat has swelled making it difficult to swallow but it wasn't painful. I also had chest pains and problems swallowing food, and felt as I had the flue like conditions. After a very uncomfortable night in bed I awoke to find I was covered in a rash (measles like) which itched. Over the day I steadily got worse, the rash turned in to angry hives which were very raised. My hands and feet developed an unbearable itching, if I scratched them, the area scratched swelled up. Also, my nerves in the scratched area became hyper sensitive, I can only describe it as a painful flaring of the local nerves. My blood felt like it was way to hot, it wasn't painful, just worrying. Over the next 24 hrs my lips and face swelled, the hives became huge and painful, throat swelled so I had difficulty sleeping at night, had terrible night sweats, indeed I thought I had wet the bed the first episode. I became incredibly fatigued, went off food and craved water. I was unable to walk because the soles of my feet had swelled and was painful to walk on. Over the next 48 hrs I had all these symptoms progressively getting worse, so went to the doctor (I know typical bloke). After an ECG, chest xray, opticians, blood tests, urine and stool samples given, then sent to a heart unit for half a day for tests my doctor called me in to say blood tests showed a severe allergic reaction, so have to see a consultant in allergies. I'm now taking antihistamine which seems to help, but have now set into a pattern of weekly flare ups that are much less severe then the first flare up. Once or twice a week I feel as I'm developing flue, lose ability to control body temperature and then feel a chronic fatigue. a few hours later I develop a rash on my hands, lower arms, feet and neck which lasts for around 24 hrs. I'm unable to do any kind of heavy work because if I do I suffer from chronic fatigue for a couple of days. Needless to say I'm feeling sorry for myself and feel helpless because I don't know what it is.
Post Edited (Motorvating) : 4/30/2016 12:10:57 PM (GMT-6)