Hello all! Hopefully, my quick facts and remedy for the symptoms can help you. Thank you Ben, for starting and continuing this website.
First, I’ll start with my quick facts:
– It started on me in 2001. I just found this website about 10 days ago.
– I live in Las Vegas and it only hits me in the cold weather- usually end October to late February.
– I hate cold! I keep my house very warm (yes, it gets a little cold in Vegas, not for long though).
– I’ve worked out my whole life. I keep low body fat year round.
– The first 20 minutes of my workout is excruciatingly painful in this cholinergic urticaria timeframe. After each workout set, I want to scratch my skin off. After that, my skin still feels sensitive, but not nearly as bad.
– It has also hit me when I’ve been on the phone with clients who are driving me mad. I assumed it was linked to my blood pressure, haha.
– I’ve woken up in the middle of the night in itchy, scratchy madness.
– I’m affected on my hands, arms, scalp, chest, back. Usually in that order.
– My skin doesn’t show signs of it unless I make it red by scratching. However, it feels like it’s fire red.
– It has taken full years off. I didn’t have it for the last 2 years.
– I thought it was the “Beta Alanine Tingles”, which happens to some people taking bodybuilding supplements with beta alanine in it. I thought I won when I cut all of those supplements out… until it hit again this year and hit hard.
On a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the worst, I’ve been an 8-9 this year.
** The cure for my symptoms **
I’m not one to take prescription drugs, so when Ben mentioned the histamine blocker, I searched for natural antihistamine and found “Stinging Nettle.” I bought: “Now Foods Stinging Nettle Root Extract” for $8 on Amazon and I’m thrilled to say, I went from an 8-9 on the pain scale to a 2 within a day. Today was my 5th day on it and my pain scale was a 1.
I can feel exactly when it’s coming on, but it feels like it gets shut down quickly (histamine being blocked, I guess), then it stays away the rest of the workout.
I’ve also noticed that my skin doesn’t feel nearly as sensitive throughout the rest of the day.
I haven’t woken up in the middle of the night this week either.
1 at night, and 2 in the morning before my workout.
1 and 1 on my days off from the gym.
Thank you Ben, for breaking down exactly what it is, because it helped me tremendously. This may have been the best $8 I’ve ever spent.