Hi! Ok, so here’s my problem. I have no known allergies to food or drugs. I have never had an allergic reaction to anything. I’m in the medical field, and just saw a doctor today about this but we are still stumped. This started 4 days ago, after eating sushi (tuna and salmon sashimi) for dinner. I took a Sudafed right after din din for a sinus infection I’ve been battling (never had a reaction before) and about 5 hours after dinner/Sudafed, I noticed hives on my elbows. Then, they spread up to my shoulders, down my back, under my armpits and all over my trunk/butt/thighs. I took some Diphenhydramine and went to bed, not thinking twice about it. I woke up the next day covered in hives and a sunburn-like rash all over my body. I had (and still have) the chills. That night, I almost went into anaphylactic shock and had to call 911. I got a dose of Epinephrine and some IV Benadryl and was sent home when my symptoms subsided. The morning after, the symptoms were in full swing. My palms were itching so bad, I actually woke up because of it. They were swollen and on fire. I looked like the Michelin Man. My wedding ring was almost impossible to get off, and it hurt to touch or pick up things. My feet have the same problem, being it hurts to walk. Now, here I am, day 4 and sitting on my couch with an Epipen next to me “just in case” and still confused as to the cause. The hives seem to be on the same path as my lymphatic system, never occuring anywhere a lymphatic vessel doesn’t travel- and my mid jugular lymph nodes have been swollen for about a week now. The hives are worse at night, and Benadryl doesn’t touch them. Gold Bond medicated anti-itch cream might as well be itching powder because it does no good. It’s almost as though it’s an internal itch, that can’t be scratched. So, I’ve researched co-morbid allergic reactions with some health problems I already have or that run in the family and I feel as though one of these has to be it—-
- I was diagnosed w/ Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis after I had my daughter last March. TPO Ab can cause an auto-immune attack on the thyroid, causing these symptoms. I asked my doc today to order a full TFP to check the antibodies as well as the T3/T4, etc etc. My TSH was checked 2 weeks ago and was at 3.4, which is much better than 24 which is what it was at about 6 months ago. The doctor, however, failed to order an Ab test with it, which is what gave me the Hashi’s dx in the first place. I have been off of Synthroid for 4 months now because I wanted to see if the Thyroid would regulate on its own since there was a chance for post-partum thyroiditis. Last week it was normal, but I’ve been hyper 3 times and hypo 6 times in the last year each time I get my levels checked.
- Celiac- It runs in my family. I have never been to the doc for an official dx, but probably should get on that. I CRAVE bread and carbs. But when I eat them, I get run down and my digestive tract gets all out of whack. I also get moody, tired and gain belly fat easily.
-I have ADHD and take 18 mg Concerta bid. Haven’t had a problem with it as of yet.
- Diabetes- Runs in my family as well. I’ve heard of a few people who had idiopathic allergic reactions with diabetes.
So…. has this happened to you or someone you know? I’m not looking for a diagnosis, just something to consider when talking to an allergist next week. BTW- Haven’t eaten any new foods, changed any soaps/detergents, or had any environmental changes in my home. I have been very stressed lately, but that’s about it. If you’re still reading this, I sure hope you have an answer for me so I didn’t just waste 3 minutes of your life! :o) Thanks for any help! — HNB
Jeez… no song and dance to break the news to me?! Where’s Peter Griffin when you need him? lol
haha, u guys crack me up :o)