As people lose their virginity, I lost my lifestyle on 13th of February. That was my first outbreak of cholinergic urticaria. I really didn’t know what it is and how to tackle with it. Like most of you, I first ignored it, and then misdiagnosed it (thinking it was something to do with sun). Then I mistreated myself (by doing a trial and error of multiple lotions on my body).
The attacks sometimes get very severe, and if they happen in public, death seems a better option than this. Like HivesGuy said, imagine somebody who just lost legs and now has the power to regain the legs.. imagine his happiness.
Well I have legs, and I have hands. I have everything, but I can’t do anything with it. At this point, most of you must be thinking ‘gosh he is new! he hasn’t suffered through 10% of what we did till now! look at his pessimistic approach!?’
After today’s appointment with the doctor, I was prescribed a daily dosage of Allegra because apparently “its fine to consume it since its OTC!?” I now welcome myself to this forum, and would post my updates and struggles to overcome this (if I ever do!).
After reading through HivesGuy posts, I believe there are ways to get rid of it, or at least reduce some pain. Below is my story so far and whats next in store for me:
I am an Asian, and I lived in an area where its usual to get 48 degrees(119F) in summers. I used to play sports facing and daring the sun. I would swim, ride bikes, and fly kites directly in the face of the sun (at 12 noon) with no impact!
I recently moved to US and now live in Texas for studies. I moved in on 1st Jan 2014 and started with hives on 13th Feb 2014 (40 days of freedom in the US eh!)… Because of panic and stressful situations about the hives, I lost a good chunk of grades in my first phase of semester. Since I am living alone, I would have to see for my own food, wash utensils, do the laundry, walk to my university and other stuff (I don’t have a car and probably wont for the next two years because education swallows whatever money you have + debt).
I think I am going off topic too far too soon, lets stick to what I am interested in and what my plan is:
- I would not be consuming antihistamines, because they merely reduce pain–nothing else. Antihistamines will only be for times when exams come, and I am sure of exposure to some heat or sun or sweat or anxiety.
- I am going to run! Outside, in the evening hours (it stays sunny till 8pm in texas, probably I would go out by 8.30/9pm) and check if I can do what HivesGuy did! Beat the unbeatable. I would go without antihistamines. My plan is to walk for about 10 mins tomorrow(I am sure I would get an attack in about 5-6 mins), but I would try push it.
- I have a family history of diabetes, and even though I havent got it yet, I am cutting down any sugar intake. I would probably have some in 2/3 days, like a glass of juice or whatever.
- I am a student with no commute facilities and obviously low on finances currently. So…
- I cannot afford fresh food and (breaking news:)
- I am a vegetarian. Thus my food life is set to be hard, I almost HAVE TO eat wheat/oats/rice/pulses daily to survive. There is not much that I can eat other than this.
- I am obviously kinda depressed that something other than me is controlling my body right now, but I am relieved that I am not alone (I see you guys here!)
My friends want to go on a trip to a beach for a vacation, but the very thought of it brings my hives back (anxiety). I would have to fight hard to move out of the plan(NOBODY believes I have such condition), and go through all the attacks this summer (it’s pretty bad in Texas!).
Wish me luck guys!!