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Chronic Hives, many other symptoms.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 23, 2008
  • 00:58 AM

Early last year I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My thyroid levels are normal, yet I am still experiencing extreme fatigue; I can sleep 10-12 hours but still not feel rested. My symptoms leading to the diagnosis were joint pain, weight gain, intolerance to cold, fatigue, etc.

In addition to those issues, I have had chronic issues with hives and unexplained rashes. I have seen an allergist who tested but did not yield any results. I have also had multiple wounds that will not heal; they get larger before healing, and they only heal after using some sort of oral antibiotic or prescription antibiotic cream.

I am frustrated and miserable from being ill all the time. I have seen multiple doctors all who have come back with the same response... "I don't know". Does anyone have any ideas of what to do next? All blood work keeps coming back normal but I know something is not right.. I am a young female that does not smoke and very rarely drinks. :(

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  • My next step would be to test for food intolerances. These are different from food allergies and are harder to detect. The ONLY test for food intolerances is an elimination diet and the reintroduction of the foods into your diet. There is a lot of misleading information on food intolerances - the links below are to the only two groups of people that I personally trust when it comes to this topic.I am salicylate intolerant and experienced fatigue, hives, swelling (of my hands, lips, feet, eyelids, throat and tongue - although not all at once thank god!), memory loss, 'brain fog' (confusion, inability to concentrate etc), depression and weight gain. After eliminating salicylates and artificial food chemicals (which frequently have salicylates in them) I am practically symptom free and finally have my life back. It is a lot of work being on such a strict diet but completely worth it.The RPAH Allergy unit in Sydney, Australia have information on food intolerances and have published a book 'Friendly Food' which is great for recipes and an introduction to food intolerance: http://www.cs.nsw.gov.au/RPA/Allergy/resources/foodintol/ffintro.cfmSue Dengate has used the RPAH info and peoples' feedback and experiences to create a more family-friendly version of the diet etc. in her book 'The Failsafe Cookbook'. This book also details how to go about doing a proper elimination diet. Her website is full of great information including peoples' personal stories which can help you decide if you have similar symptoms and think you may benefit from testing if you have food intolerances. There are also discussion groups that you can join and ask specific questions on to gain more information:http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.infoHope this helps.
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