Uticaria - going on 4 years now-

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   Posted 10/22/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   

I just stumbled upon this site and I’m already finding it informative.  about four years ago I had an accident – a ground level fall on ice that left me with some damage in my Thoracic vertebrae – around T-6 – T-8 region.  I had about 3 months of physical therapy 3 days a week with NO improvement.  The symptoms were a stabbing pain that radiates around my RT side along my ribs, across my RT side chest, and then vertically up and down my sternum.  I had an MRI without contrast, and the Ortho Surgeon said the condition was not worthy of surgery.  about 6 months after the fall I experienced flu-like symptoms, with a dramatic increase in my Asthma symptoms (I’ve had an inhaler on had for years) and symptoms of dermographism (sp?) or geographism (I’ve been told both by various Dr.s).  I began to itch from head to toe and when I scratched I would get a rash / welt that would go away after 20 – 30 minutes.  I could write on my arm with my finger.  The Dr.s seemed totally complacent about the whole thing, although I did end up in the ER twice over that weekend, having Prednisone shots, antibiotics, and prescriptions for Zyrtec and Advair.  My Athsma never did return to it’s previous level, and I use my inhaler (Proventil) sometimes 2-3 times a day, and the Advair every day.  The Zyrtec is down to once every 2-3 days.  The welts are much less conspicuous and I can no longer write on my arm with my finger ;). I had used a flea spray in the house just before all of this started but my DR.s have never remarked about that, so I don’t really know if it was related or not.   I see an allergist / pulmonary specialist about every six months, and by reading many of the other posts here I can thank my stars that my situation isn’t worse.  I really do appreciate finding this website – I will be making regular visits here!!

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