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Sun Allergy - Help?

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  • Posted By: jade19
  • November 1, 2013
  • 05:34 PM

So a little background before I get started..

I was diagnosed in 2008 with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. They originally put me on cymbalta for it, which worked to control the anxiety at the time. I came off it when I no longer needed it (went through behavior therapy and came out of the stressful situation I was in, anxiety went away...). I didn't have any problems with anxiety for years.

In 2011 I was injured at work. Severe shoulder injury. A year later, still fighting insurance, and I was re-injured on the job. Not only to the shoulder, but now with several spots down my spine and lower back. The work insurance fought me on it and it's still ongoing, fighting doctors and surgeons and insurance to get it fixed - it has escalated to the point of me being in bed most of the day. Little things like doing the dishes cause me to be in bed for hours with excruciating pain. Naturally that depresses me because I can't do the things I used to do, and dealing with the doctors and lawyers causes a great deal of anxiety.

In addition to which, I moved in with my grandmother shortly after the first injury to help her when she was diagnosed with cancer. As you can imagine, it's nearly impossible for me to help her with much of anything now. The money I pull in pays the bills, but I'm useless otherwise and she's not so well. This is also a cause for stress.

I had to have my gallbladder out in April of this last year (2013) and since then my health has just declined. I don't know if it's the anxiety causing it, or what...but I developed all sorts of problems. I get dizzy with exercise now, even if it's just sitting on my stationary bike, or doing a squat. I get fatigued just walking across the house, and (my doctor thinks this is from being on pain killers for two years) I have heartburn so bad that when the 'attacks' hit I end up curled up crying or in the emergency room. I've had CT scans, MRIs, blood panels, etc...they've found nothing out of the ordinary that's life threatening. I get frequent bladder infections now, but taking antibiotics causes severe diarrhea, and...here's where the allergy starts...

Randomly in September (2013) I became allergic to the sun. We've cycled through my meds to see if it was the medication causing it, but there was no change. The 'allergy' is horrible. Within five minutes I have a red rash and 'welts' wherever the sun hits my skin. The itching is terrible and it makes me feel ill. I feel like I'm constantly dehydrated, whether I go into the sun or not. I take benadryl and they gave me a topical steroid cream for that but it's completely ruined me for going out during the day. I can't even accidentally stand in the sun that comes from the window of the house, or I'll break out. It's horrible.

I've been having increasing anxiety and depression. They started me up on topamax 25mg for the anxiety but so far it's just causing brain fog, confusion, and depression. There are times when I feel like I can't move, don't want to move, and my muscles get 'warm' and tingly...but I'll be panicked and unable to react. The sensation is maddening. I can't get my thoughts straight. I have to lay down. Between that and the pain it's like I'm slipping away from myself.

To make things easy, here's the information breakdown:

--23 y/o, F
--No previous health problems (other than generalized anxiety in 2008)
--Had gallbladder surgery in April 2013, shoulder/back injury August 2011-current.
--Experiencing random 'sun allergy' (september 2013) unrelated to medications, anxiety/panic attacks (frequent), frequent nausea/heartburn, severe fatigue, depression, reoccurring bladder/yeast infections, insomnia, dizziness/lightheaded, 'feels' dehydrated.
--Medications: topamax, percocet, baclofen, valium, zofran, benadryl

Has anyone ever heard of a relation to sun allergy and gallbladder? sun allergy and depression/anxiety? random sun allergy in otherwise healthy people?

Any help would be appreciated. I'm at a loss and I'm so very tired of doctors and their 'well...lets try this...' methods. I feel exhausted all the time, like I can't do anything. This started with the sun allergy and the anxiety has only gotten so much worse since it first hit. I feel like garbage. I can't go do things, I can't run errands normally, and between the pain and this new allergy I'm just at a loss.

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