Over the past 4 months, my cholinergic urticaria has manifested itself in full force. It used to be a mild itching sensation when breaking a sweat, but I think the extreme stress of my life lately has made it worse.
In the worst attacks, I feel intense pain and itching across my back, chest, inner thighs, and arms. In these moments, I am forced to stop what I am doing and brace myself/grit my teeth.
A small cluster of hives will appear on my torso but nowhere else. It does pass after about 4-5 minutes, but the pain is so bad it has the potential to seriously screw up my life. These attacks are triggered by heat or anxiety.
I am a little awkward when talking to people so it has happened at ridiculous times, like when someone called my name to ask me a question. I saw a dermatologist and he prescribed Zyrtec or Allegra 2x daily.
I am currently taking Zyrtec, and it seems to help with the mild ‘waves’ of hives, but serious attacks still happen. I am also taking 5-HTP to try and curb my anxiety.
I will try Allegra next, but I need to find a solution fast. I am about to start my final semester at university and will have a research position there. I can’t be kneeling over in pain in every class. I’ll update if anything changes.