My hives have returned after being gone for 12 years. I do not know how I got rid of them 12 years ago but after discovering this site I think I know. What I do remember is 12 years ago I started doing cardio for 30 minutes before every workout 4 days a week. Shortly thereafter, I realized, hey hives are gone. But I never put it all together to knowing why they went away. So here goes my hive story. It’s a long post but I hope you can find it useful.
My story is almost exactly like Hives Guy and many of the rest of you. I relate to Hive Guy because I do not look overweight and in fact look athletic. However, I appear to be storing loads of visceral fat. My hives started appearing again in early Fall of 2016 around the October timeframe. It was very minor in October but they took off this past January to a pain that is intolerable. Unlike 12 years ago like many of you, I could not work through them and continue my day hive free. The hives just escalated to a point where I thought I was going to pass out. I also experienced a slight tightening of my neck and was a little difficult to drink water.
Here is why I think visceral fat is my issue. I have nursed a knee injury for years. Over the summer of 2016 I decided to schedule surgery since the pain was so bad. It was restricting my workouts and other activities. I essentially stopped all leg weight exercises and just did upper body. As mid November approached for my surgery my workouts became less and less intense for I could not do many exercises and could not even walk on the treadmill very long.
After the surgery I did NOTHING for exercise. What I did do was sit on the couch and eat junk food. Did very little physical therapy, just enough to nurse my knee along. So, come January when my knee felt good I noticed I had accumulated quite a bit of belly fat. I wanted to start working out again. That is when I noticed the hives were at a level that was equal to being tortured.
At this point, I stopped a new medicine I was taking as prescribed by my primary doctor for I thought for sure it had to be that since I started the new medicine in the fall. I ended up stopping all meds and have been off everything for 6 weeks. No change at all. THEN, I found this site and it all is making sense.
I have the most belly fat I have ever had. My hives started very minor and hardly even noticeable as I started weaning my exercise routine down preparing for knee surgery. Sure I was not as in shape as I wanted to be but thought I will hit it hard after I heal and be ok. Well, I continued to put on belly fat not really noticing how much. Then I found this site looked at the belly fat and thought this has to be it.
So, I am not even two weeks into an intensely healthy diet and trying to get any exercise I can whether it’s walking in my house or lifting very light weights. I have lost about 4-5 lbs and it SEEMS the hives are a bit harder to surface, are less intense and last shorter. Yes they still stop me in my tracks if the right warm air hits me but I am noticing a very slight improvement. Some situations that would certainly cause the hives are not causing them as often. I am stepping up the lifting and walking which I could not do back in early January.
I wish the best to everyone and I hope my story can help you. I hope to have a more positive update in a few weeks.