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chronic hives

Posted In: Allergies 314 Replies
  • Posted By: hoping
  • February 9, 2007
  • 04:51 AM

I have been suffering :( from chronic hives..now for 5 months. It first appeared when I was about to return home after a trip to AZ. I thought I had been bitten by a bug. The next day I was covered from head to toe.
The doctors put me on prednisone which suppressed the hives. Their hope was that the prednisone would kill it. Unfortunately, it did not..and after 4 months I weened myself off the prednisone because I was suffering from prednisone's bad side effects. There are many to list, but the ones specifically affecting me was joint pain and weight gain. I gained 31 lbs, I went from weighing 116 to 147. The doctors also said I shouldn't have been on prednisone for so long but they thought I was possbily
suffering from acute hives verses chronic hives :mad: .

To date, I have seen 4 dermatologists and 1 allergist. I've had various blood tests, food allergy test, stool tests, xray, cat scan, even a spinal tap (tested to see if meningitis- was suffering fever and headache --i believe because I was taking so many ***n drugs!) Along with the prednisone, I have taken hydroxzine, famvir, valtrex, doxepin, ranitidine, singulair, accolate, fexofenadine, dapsone, zyrtec, and now the latest colchicine. While I wason steroids, life was livable-I wasn't extremely itchy nor covered in hives. I had breakouts everyday while on the prednisone but they were not severe. It has now been a month since I have been of the prednisone. I'm covered head to toe, palms of hands, bottom of feet, face, etc...extremely itchy and uncomfortable. Nothing seems to be working..making this all go away. I spoke to some people (along with the doctors) and they have said it could last up to a year, or forever, or disappear as quickly as it came. I have never suffered from something
like this before! I did contact an acupunturist but he wasn't sure if acupuncture could help. He also said to stick it out with the drugs because the acunpuncture will be very costly for me..minimum of 12 -18 treatments $60 a piece along with the no guaranteed that it would help!!!

Hopefully, you can help me...

So my questions::(
Is there anything out there that I have not tried?
Has anyone had a similar case of this- chronic hives? and How long did it last for them?
Is there anything for relief of the itching that has worked???

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