My medical dilemma started about 10 months ago, although it may have started before that and the symptoms were just not as severe.
In June 2007 I started to get small hives, only one and about once per week. The hives started around my belt line, so initially I thought I was possibly allergic to the elastic on my pants or underwear. I took antihistamines (Areus) and the hives would go away within a couple of days.
Then one morning I awoke with an itchy scrotum. I had a shower and went to work, but about 2 hours later in the bathroom noticed that I had a very swollen scrotum and the itching was quite severe. I went straight to the Dr.'s office at a walk in clinic and the Dr there said it was a heat rash and sent me home with some creme. I went home and applied the creme, but the swelling and redness was spreading up towards my navel area. I went to another walk in clinic and this time the Dr. took me more serious and gave me 50mg Prednisone and antihistamine. I went home and relaxed and again within a day the swelling went down and things were normal again.
I had the scrotum swell on me one more time about a month later and have had hives in various parts of my body, usually one at a time and lasting a day or 2. I have been to an allergy specialist, he has said it is chronic hives. I have also had many blood tests all come back normal.
One other thing that is occurring is that every time I have blood drawn, the arm that has the needle put in swells and developed a hive within hours and lasts again about 2 days. This is very frustrating as I am still getting blood tests and every time, I end up with a swollen, red, itchy arm. The redness grows from the middle of my arm to the wrist and as well up my arm. Is this normal with Chronic hives, to get a reaction from a needle?
I have also noticed that I get run down and slightly depressed during an outbreak. And I am seeming to get sick more easily. For instance, I had a cold/flu (cough) at the beginning of Feb/08. It lasted about 10 days and I got a swollen (hive) hand out of it too. I then was feeling better, but still have the cough and then now in the last 10 days have been very sick again with the flu/cold symptoms.
My Dr has just sent away blood to test for Lyme, but the Dr.s all seem baffled too.
Does anyone have advise, clues or experienced similar symptoms?