My name is Bobby and I actually have just recently gotten rid of my hives. I have to tell you that it was a hard journey, but I couldn’t be any happier. Let me tell you my story about what happened:
Around Thanksgiving of 2014 I was participating in an annual 5 mile run held here in Austin every Turkey Day. The first couple minutes when I started running, I felt some itching and it was more excruciating than usual. After about 2 minutes it started to go away. Little did I know that this was only the beginning.
I noticed it more when I started to move some furniture into my wife and I’s new home. When I moved our couch, I started to break out and I had to stand next to a fan in order for it to go away. After that I noticed it and felt it whenever I would go outside (no more than a couple minutes), when I slept, when I laughed, even when I tried to exercise. This went on for a while and I was searching for answers.
I first went to my primary care doctor, who then referred me to a dermatologist. The dermatologist asked about what I was experiencing. He ended up telling me that I had urticaria but didn’t officially diagnose me. He also ended up telling me to take 4 Zyrtec (which obviously did not work). Seriously, it was a total waste of my time and I could have gone to anyone for that.
I then went to an allergist. He also didn’t officially diagnose me but did indicate I had cholinergic urticaria. He had me take Hydroxyzine (a more potent Benadryl) for a few weeks and obviously did not work. I then took an allergy test (both pollen and food). Both came out negative.
He then asked me if I wanted to take what was called Xolair, which is a protein to treat persistent hives. Needless to say I declined to do that for two reasons: (1) I did not want to put something I did not know much about and (2) my research regarding the success rate of Xolair had mixed results at best. Sorry, mixed results are not good enough for me.
Finally, I went to a registered dietitian. I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a life saver that was for me. She had me go on a purification diet. Similar to a paleo diet. I wasn’t allowed at first to have dairy, gluten, eggs, nuts, corn (the normal food allergens). She said to have everything as close to organic/natural as possible. I also was taking some supplements to clear any toxins in my liver.
This went on for three weeks. I still didn’t have any improvement but I definitely started to feel better and feel a difference in my body. After three weeks, she gave me some more supplements for my toxic liver, supplements for the immune system, and a B12 cream (you read that right-a cream to put on your wrists to boost the immune system). And no more than 3 days after I did all that…BAM! Cured!
I had to go outside in the sun to do a test, which happen to be mowing the lawn. Sure enough I started to sweat again! For the first few days after that I took my team and started to do this methodically but it has now been a more consistent sweat! I even started going back to the gym again to lift some weights.
This has truly been a miracle and I never would have imagined being cured. I guess my point in all of this is that you DO NOT need pills/medicine to cure this. It simply is just watching what you eat. Please, please, please go to your dietitian. I promise that they will help you figure this out.
My dietitian and the support of my wife were a huge help in all of this. If someone tells you that you’re crazy for doing this, then they just don’t understand. Please…I advise you to maintain your health and start going to your dietitian. Also please let me know if you have any other questions. I promise I will answer anything regarding this.