It’s been a couple of months since my last post. Here’s a little about me: I’ve been suffering from cholinergic urticaria for over a year now. There are two main culprits why it manifested in the first place; 1) I returned from travelling the US. Therefore, the climate/environmental change may have triggered it. Although I was back home a good three weeks before I got my first attack. What was strange is that I had morning sickness and was sick twice a week before I got the condition. 2) The week leading up to my very first attack, I was having a lot of probiotics, and taking acidophilus tablets (CU seemed to appear when I stopped taking these).
From last July to November, I would only get hives through intense exercise. November onwards I would start to get them whenever I became anxious or walked quite far. For example, I work in retail, and my ex came in with his friends. I felt my heart rate suddenly spike, and next minute I felt the prickly sensation. Therefore the condition is progressing.
I have tried numerous things to get the condition under control. The doctor (of course) palmed me off with antihistamines; it wasn’t until I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed me 180mg of fexofenadine which WORK (touch wood). I feel incredibly lucky that I have a treatment which is successful. However, like many others, I feel that this is masking the problem and I’m constantly anxious that they will stop working one day.
I have tried diet modification. I suffer from IBS, which seems to be a common factor, but no matter what I cut out, it doesn’t relieve my IBS, nor my hives. I’ve been taking a food diary and what I’ve seemed to notice is that my hives are significantly worse when I consume a lot of yeast. I don’t necessarily believe in yeast infections but I do believe that someone can be intolerant to yeast. I will keep you all updated on that.
Also – after numerous blood tests, the doctors noticed that I have a hyperactive thyroid. I have a fast heart rate (approx 90-100 bpm) and as thyroid regulates your metabolism which is interrelated to body temperature then perhaps this is a link. The doctors, however, refused to put me on any thyroid medication as my results didn’t prove ‘serious’ enough for medication. I have now changed GPs, and have my first appointment is in a couple of weeks.
So there it is. Useless or useful, you decide! Please comment if you have any suggestions or questions.