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Just today I had another weird episode where after walking briskly for a few blocks. The painful prickly skin sensation started happening on my legs, and lower back, and sides of my torso. I haven’t had one of these episodes for a few years now. I had NO idea it had a name, as I have been searching some time now and even asking physicians…and they could never assist.
I think they thought I was imagining it or something. After reading a few more post on this forum, as a child, I always got hives when out playing in the sun, little white bumps, itchy on my arms and neck…and my mother always said I was allergic to the sun. But I’ve never heard of anyone else being ‘allergic’ to the sun, in that way. OMG, could I have been living with this all my life, and no one ever knew? Including me?
I know something isn’t right, but wasn’t sure what. NOW, having said all that, a few years ago when I was trying to lose a few pounds, I started using sweeteners instead of sugars, and wondered back then if that may be the cause for me…and oddly enough, I just started using sweeteners for the first time since then, in order to lose a few more pounds, and it happens again. It could absolutely be an ironic sense of timing only, but it makes me wonder, just the same. Needless to say, glad to have found your website, and at least a starting block to figure out how to best live with cholinergic urticaria.