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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/1/2006 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
I came across this board and figured I'd post to get some feedback and hopefully help others in the process.
I only have one question for now. I will post a detailed summary of my hives ordeal as soon as I get a chance to sit down for a while.
Question:  Has anxiety/nervousness/excitement ever triggered hives for anyone here???
 It seems to me, that everytime I do something of this sort, such as watch an exciting football game, play poker, go to a job interview, etc that i immediately feel 'tingling' sensations and hotness on my body/face. Usually on my right side of the face first then its followed by itching and hives.  The more excited/nervous/anxious I am and for a longer period, the worse the outbreak is.  I have read that there is no medical research that supports these issues as being the cause of hives, but would love to hear from anyone who has experienced this before and what they have done about it.
And also, believe it or not as my doctor was shocked when I told him this, MOTRIN has been the ONLY thing that has been able to help me to some degree. It controlls the outbreak and reduces the swelling.
And last, everytime I have gotten a hives outbreak, I also feel really sick.  Depending how bad the outbreak is, whether its my entire body or just my face and arms, i get weak and feel like I have a fever.
Any comments, thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 12/1/2006 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
First of all... welcome to healingwell :)
I have heard that those all of those 'stresses' can cause hives.. in fact I heard almost anything can cause hives!
Thats very interesting that motrin helps your hives! There is no antihistamine in mortrin.. is there?

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/1/2006 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Thank you. I'm glad to be here.

Well, its weird, when my hives first began I wasnt able to associate the outbreaks with any level of stess or anxiety (this was about 10 months ago, beginning in FEB). They just appeared one day on my face and then persisted to continue for the following 4 months (until end of May, entire body on and off). Then they dissapeared for about 2 months, but then I had the worst out break ever end of July/beg of August. It was really bad. I went to the ER and they have me a shot of something. Since then, (past 4 months Aug- now), I'm easily able to associate the outbreaks with stress or anxiety since they always occur right after. I was put on several anthistamines including zyrtec, atarx etc since the beginning, but nothing ever helped so I gave up on them a long time ago. Also, during these past 4 months, ever since the worst out break, I dont break out on my body anymore, its always my face and sometimes my arms/shoulder/chest area. Ive had several blood tests as well and everything is normal.

During my outbreaks, especially the severe ones, like i posted in my original comments, I tend to get very weak and hot, almost as if I'm sick and I have a fever. Motrin as far as I know DOES NOT have an antihistamine, its ibuprofen and its an anti-inflammatory. My doctor was shocked because he said MOTRIN and similar drugs will make matters worse for most people with hives. I also havent been able to associate my hives with any particular food or allergen. They would just 'happen' except now they happen under stress and anxiety. Also, at one point early on, my palms and soles of my feet would break out and these were the most irriating. They would itch and burn and almost turn into blisters. Waking up in the middle of the night was a common thing.

This hives ordeal has become such a pest. Now, I have my life under a microscope examining everything.

Here are some other notes to consider.

skin tests show that I am a faily allergic person. cats, certani trees, cashwes, etc.

- UTI symptons around the time I had my first hive outbreaks. Urinalysis showed everything was normal, Levaquin solved the problem, till this day I dont know if it was a UTI or what. I will still sometimes get symptons here and there, but no where near the same pain level as the initial one. No physical symptons at all. I've been tested and cleared for any STD.

- Constipation - recently taking notice of this. Not on any current medications.
-puffy under the eyes, tenderness

- some fatigue, feel sluggish throughout day even though i get adequate sleep.

- chapped/dry lips/dry skin

- scalp has itched too at times

- I have been getting cold sores(lips) since I was younger. Doc told me hepatitus virus can be a factor maybe. I havent gotten any cold sores throughout this hives ordeal though.

Thats all i can think of for now. Other things I should mention are that I am 24 years old, been healthy/active/ in shape my entire life, except for knee surgery 3 years ago (torn ACL from bball). When this all started I was under a lot of stress due to a new job and studying for the LSAT (law school admission test).

Anyway, thats pretty much all the info I have for now. I would love to hear peoples comments and if there is actually anyone out there who has been able to associate their hives breakouts with levels of stress/anxiety/nervousness etc.

Post Edited (ihatehives) : 12/1/2006 4:55:36 PM (GMT-7)

janet s.
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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 12/3/2006 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
When my son was younger, he used to get hives all the time. The dr. at the time had me have a "food" diary of everything he ate and drank for each day. I had to do this for some time.

As it turned out, he is alergic to yellow dyes, red dyes and MSG. I started to monitor his diet every day tomake sure the above additives were not in any of his food.

To this day he is very allergic to MSG which can be called numerous other names in a list of ingredients in many foods. It can be called autolized yeast, etc.

His hives sometimes involved stress also. To reduce swelling, you need to take an antihistimine. You can take benadryl, but you will be very tired or you can take any other over the counter antihistimine, just ask your pharmacist and/or dr.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 12/10/2006 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I have gotten hives from stress. I got them right before my junior prom...sad that it made me that stressed and I had to go to prom with them.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 70
   Posted 12/11/2006 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there,

I have never suffered hives except from an allergic reaction, but I do know that hives are from stress. I even saw a show where a girl studying for her psat's got hives from stress. (its that show with keenan ivory wayans and that girl from the martin lawerence show) Anyways, my lies were ezxtremely chapped, and now there peeling! I recently got acid reflux. Did some research, most of these cases are due to stress and anxiety. Think back to the time you first got those hives. I tmust have been a high point of stress, there maybe some high stressor you didn't even know about on a conciousl level. Check on the forum on heartburn and riverotter's post on dr's sarno's method. The body and mind love to use the immunoligical system of the body to the effects of stress. etc. psoriasis, hives, seasonal allergies. etc.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 12/11/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello-My son has had severe chronic hives since the age of 5. He just turned 19 and since he started high school they have gotten wose then ever. You could say that he graduated by the skin of his teeth because he was hardly ever in school. I don't think he made a full week of school in the 4 years he was there. We have tried pretty much every allergy medicine possible to block the histamines from his system. We live in CT and went to a specialist in South Carolina (who since retireed). He put my son on a very high dose of benadryl (50mg 4 times a day). That worked for awhile like all meds but then the hives come back. He can't hold down a job because there are days when he is in so much pain he can't get out of bed. He can't sleep at night either because of the pain he is in depending on how big or where the hives are. The doctor keep saying that at some point his body will grow out of it but after 14 years of this he and I are about done. As a parent this is very difficult because I know his is suffering and just wants to feel normal, but in the same sense I get frustrate because all I see is him laying in bed feeling sorry for himself and suffering.
We are willing to try anything to try to make the hives bearable so he can live a somewhat productive life.
Question for the person who said motrin has worked - what does do you take that you noticed a change?
Has anyone gone on any anti-anxiety meds to see if that has help?
Thanks all!

hives b gone!
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 2/27/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear ihatehives,
I realize you posted this many years ago but have you ever had your thyroid checked?  Your symptoms sound like hypothyroidism and I know that can be linked to hives.
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