Hi, I am a 49 year old male that has been having cholinergic urticaria issues for almost 1 year. I first noticed it in my feet when I started to do any sort of aerobic exercise. Last winter I messed my knee up skiing, so I was laid up for a couple of months at the beginning of 2014. One day while watching TV, it hit me all over my body like a ton of bricks! I have had issues ever since.
I feel the stinging and itchiness when I get hot (or embarrassed, excited, etc…), but do not get any visible hives. In fact, I dismissed CU for a long time because I thought that something that is “Heat Hives” meant I had to have the bumps. I am very thankful that I stumbled onto this website, because it opened my eyes. I am now convinced this is what I have. Unfortunately, I came to this conclusion after spending $2000 on worthless medical tests (MRI with contrast, MRI without contrast, spinal tap to test for MS, multiple blood tests, etc…).
I pretty much have just been dealing with this issue as best I can… I found that if I work out almost every day, it will keep it somewhat at ease. It is painful until I break a sweat, but after I do, it is not bad. If I skip working out a few days, it comes back with a vengeance. I am going to start trying heat therapy in January. I am ordering one of the saunas in hope that it will help even a slight bit.
My question is, how did you come up with your diet? Was it just through trial and error that you found what works for you? Some of the things you eat seem to be in contrast to suggestions I read on other sites for a hypoallergenic diet. For example, you eat strawberries, bananas (usually contains a ripening agent) and turkey (hormones). I have read all 3 of those can cause allergy issues for some people. Also, do you ever plan to try to add foods to your base? A lot of diets after the elimination phase, start bringing back food items one at a time. Finally, have others reported success using your diet as well?
I plan to start the elimination diet in January, so any advise you can provide is greatly appreciated!