Hey! I’m Connor, and I’ve been suffering with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria for the last 3 months. It all started off really light and wasn’t worth of acknowledgement to be honest. I was out with the girl I was dating at the time and things were fine. It was a hot day, and I was wearing maybe one too many layers and we were just talking. For some reason I started getting a tingling sensation on my back, which spread to my arms and chest. I tried to ignore it, and after a while it left. I didn’t research it after.
This happened multiple times throughout me seeing her, even once during sex, but it wasn’t too bad, so I shoved it aside. However, towards the end of our relationship it was getting worse. We were arguing a bit more, and I had a lot of stress on my mind from coursework, and then we finally broke up.
A week after breaking up, I went to the train station to meet some friends and someone ran past me and nudged me by accident. It made me jump a little bit and feel nervous for some reason. I never really get like that, but I did then. Then the itching started happening, and before I knew it my arms were covered in red bumps, as well as my chest. I was in writhing agony, unable to move, and I had to call my parents to get a lift back home because I was rendered immobile due to the itching.
Since that day, a month ago it’s been worse and worse. I have been prescribed antihistamines and a short course of steroid tablets, which I am taking currently. However, they dont seem to help a lot.
I get hives when I’m : Nervous / emotional, hot, just got out of a shower or bath, and if i’m put on the spot.
I rarely ever break a sweat. Ever.
These hives are making it impossible to go out and do simple chores, and I’m worried it will affect my sex life (and my job for that matter). I had a lot of blood tests, and they all came back as fine.
Anyone else in my situation? Any advice? Should I try to force my self to sweat?
Lastly, I noticed when im in the bath or shower if I rub my skin, this weird… flakey stuff comes off, as if excess skin, all over my body. Could it be bath soap or dead skin blocking my sweat pores?
All advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you.