I just wanted to pass on my personal experiences with CU. I was on the old forums a few years back when I was suffering from CU badly but I haven’t checked in in a while. I don’t know if I merely went into remission or if I found my personal cure and whether or not this “cure” will help anyone else but: It’s not anything that none of you have heard before, but you need to exercise. A lot. Every day. You need to power through the pain. You might not sweat the first day. Or the second. But keep trying.
Every day it felt to me like the edge was coming off little by little. And I eventually started to sweat. And I didn’t let up and I still sweat and have had no hives in years. But I exercise nearly every day. I lift weights 6 days a week (at least an hour a day) and I run 3 to 4 days a week. I have done half marathons and I plan on doing a full. I have increased my bench press from 165 pounds to 275 pounds. I’m not bragging- I’m just showing how much effort I have put into this. It is a complete lifestyle change that I made- but in doing so I feel I got my life back. I feel great.
I know how much CU sucks. But don’t give up. It doesn’t have to be a permanent thing. I really believe it has something to do with toxins in our bodies. We can either identify and avoid these toxins (if you truly know what to avoid) or sweat these toxins out.
I do want to point out that I tried all types of anti-histamines and nothing worked. I was, however, on Propranolol at the time I started feeling better but I have not taken it in years and I still haven’t had hives so I’m not sure if that helped or not.
Obviously, use discretion and ask your doctor first if you are having sever hives like I was. Do what you can handle. But push yourself. Every day. See if it at least starts taking the edge off.