Last Sunday, 10/1, in the afternoon, my right hand started itching. I remember it because it came on with a bang and stuck with me all afternoon and evening. I woke up only to have the itching worse, and on both hands and both feet, particularly the palms and underside of my feet, including the baby toes and fingers. It stayed primarily on my hands and feet, but then I had a bout of itching on my rump. I was also having mild chest heaviness and very mild chest pain (but that has been going on for a few weeks off and on.) The itching went on until I finally went to the dr. on Thursday 10/5. Not knowing what it was, they prescribed Zyrtec (antihistimine) and ordered blood tests. I didn't get the prescription filled until the next morning, due to timing. By the time I had taken the med, the fleshy part of my left thumb developed what looked like internal blisters. About 30 minutes after taking the Zyrtec, the blisters disappeared.
The Zyrtec seemed to be working ok and most of the itchiness went away. Weird tiny rashes popped up all over my body...at different times. None at the same time.
This morning, I was having my usual coffee w/skim milk and sugar, and I snatched a piece of vanilla pound cake (scratch recipe made just moments earlier). Within 30 minutes of eathing it I felt my chest get heavy and it seemed difficult to breath. Almost like I had been working out. I was just walking casually around the house talking on the phone.
The labored breathing diminished after I took the Zyrtec, but returned off and on all day today. I seem to be better when I'm laying down, but then the tightness of my chest and the heaviness in my breathing returns-but not constantly.
On top of all of this, my urine seems to have a stronger odor to it that I originally attributed to a yeast infection. The dr. tested for that and said everything is fine there. There is a yellowish 'discharge' of sorts that smells somewhat like urine, but stronger. My urine output is about normal for me.
I hope someone out there can point me in the right direction. By the way, I'm an overweight (5'3", 199#) 37 yo female who's had 2 children and is in otherwise decent shape. I do stairs over 50-100x a day travelling from my basement shop to my living area.
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