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#1 PlanetAndrea

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 02:02 PM

I've had something happening to me since I had my surgery. I've seen every type of specialist about it from dermatologist to psychiatrist. One week after my surgery, I started getting horrific hives all over my body. I'm over 2 years out now, still having the hives. They diagnosed it as Hypo-Dermographism. Basically, anytime something touches my skin, I get a hive. I've been controlling it with Zyrtec for the past 2 years to keep the itching under control. They seem to be getting better over time, but I was wondering if you or anyone you know has experienced this?
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Posted 16 December 2005 - 08:21 PM

I haven't, however I work in the Allergy dept. at Scripps Green. Have you had any skin testing done? You may be allergic to metals or something else. I would see about getting a consult with an allergist or an immunolgy dr. You may be able to get allergy shots to cure it.
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Posted 16 December 2005 - 08:24 PM

yeah, been there....they even took many biopsys of my hives too, and said its something thats not in the books...:/ ugh its really frustrating !!
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Posted 16 December 2005 - 10:07 PM

I've had hives before, they are really a biatch. I would get giant hives, raised weals, the whole enchilada. What fixed me was finding a homeopath/naturopath/herbologist. I used a remedy called Apis Melleficorum. Took the hives and swelling away right before my eyes. That was in 1984. Anything strong enough to make the hives go away (do you feel like you've been dipped in boiling oil?) was something I simply had to learn. My mentor is/was a man named Matthew Wood, a very distinguished scholar in such healing arts. I still commiserate with him every once in a while, but he travels all over the world giving seminars and interviews. This is California, I'm sure someone around you does herbs and homeopathy. The stuff really works.
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Posted 17 December 2005 - 04:08 PM

I had a baby by c-section in 1999. A few days after I got home from the hospital, the hives started. It was a nightmare! I had them everywhere! For a while the worst was on my breasts and under them. I went to several dermatologists including a very notable one at a teaching hospital in Houston. They diagnosed it as eczema. I went several times for this thing they called a wet wrap where they covered my body with a cream and then covered me with hot wet towels. It gave me relief briefly. One doctor gave me a really strong cortisone cream that I put on my belly and it literally ruined my skin there. Imagine stretch marks X10. I had it for at least two years maybe more. I finally went to counselling and got on an antidepressent. I'm not sure if it was the zoloft or just the timing but it finally got better. I only have them occasionally now with the last one being a good while ago. It was a very stressful time in my life....baby at 41, two teenagers, one being extremely rebellious, and a four year old. I think it was the counseling and the antidepressents that finally helped. I would have never have gone to counseling had I not tried everything else. I would never have thought that it was stress. What I'm trying to say is that sometimes you don't even realize how much stress you are under.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 07:39 PM

I've had something happening to me since I had my surgery. I've seen every type of specialist about it from dermatologist to psychiatrist. One week after my surgery, I started getting horrific hives all over my body. I'm over 2 years out now, still having the hives. They diagnosed it as Hypo-Dermographism. Basically, anytime something touches my skin, I get a hive. I've been controlling it with Zyrtec for the past 2 years to keep the itching under control. They seem to be getting better over time, but I was wondering if you or anyone you know has experienced this?


OMG I thought I was the only one!!!!! I got really bad hives one week after surgery (they got so bad that my lips were even swollen) and then they lasted for a week and then went away. And then they came back a week later and I have had them ever since. The weird thing is that I only get them at night??? When do you get yours, is it all throughout the day?? :eek:
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