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Unusual facial swellings, happens repeatedly

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 18, 2007
  • 02:10 AM

I am a 31 yr old female, for the most part healthy, and this has been going on for about 10 years now: My face swells in different places, very randomly. Sometimes it is over one of my eyes (it swells my eye almost shut) and it has been a good while since my eyes have swollen... sometimes it is one cheek or the other, (I have noticed that if anyone pinches my face or anything that touches my face hard sometimes brings this on) sometimes my jaw bone (just below and in front of my ear) will itch and hurt really bad and then swell up immediatly especially if I scratch at it or rub it. Lately I have been having spots swelling up around my lip area on the inside. And it has been a long time and didnt happen much but a few times I would also swell along the side of my nose. It tingles and somtimes itches before I swell. It doesnt seem to be connected with anything I eat or drink, I have tried to pay attention to that. No one has ever been able to tell me what it might be. My biggest fear is that it may move on to my throat one day and swell it shut or something and I just wish I knew what causes it. The only illness/symtoms I have:

I have had kidney stones off and on since I was 16 and presently have stones in both kidneys + a benign cyst on one kidney. I also was told yesterday that I have protein in my urine (with no infection) and the urologist seems a little baffled over that.

When I was pregnant with my last child (who is now 4) I had unexplained antibodies in my blood, was tested for lupus and the results were negative. My son was born smaller than they expected him to be but healthy and nothing else was ever mentioned about the antibodies.

I almost always have a rash on my face across my nose and on my cheeks right next to my nose which was diagnosed as a skin disorder (I cant remember the name of it right now)

other than those things I have led a fairly healthy life. I just need some answers--any suggestions ideas would be appreciated.

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