Hello, I’d like to tell you guys about my story… My name is Zane and I’ve been enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman for just over a year in Camp Pendleton, CA. In October of 2015 I began to experience key symptoms of having cholinergic urticaria.
I began to get these “bee stings” on my face that would move down my neck and down my back when my body temperature would raise during running or putting my combat gear on. At first I thought that maybe I just got some prickly stuff stuck on my shirt. As time went on experiencing the same “bee stings” every day it began to affect my combat effectiveness and became unbearable.
It began to get worse and worse every time. It would affect me multiple times a day, so much that my fellow Marines began to notice my intense pain. I thought these “fire ants” would leave me alone or go away after a while but they never did. I eventually went to BAS (Basically a military doctors office) and they had no idea what it was and they couldn’t find anything in my blood or any marks on my skin.
I began to lose hope. I took every antihistamine I could get my hands on in the course of a few months but still no help. Depression struck and I realized I couldn’t be in the military anymore. I contemplated going AWOL and just quite frankly didn’t want to live any longer.
I never thought I would be battling not only our nations enemy’s, but my own bodies. 1 month ago I read on a forum about a plant called “Nettle.” I heard that it could help with hives. I rushed straight to my local Farmers Market and purchased it.
I can honestly say I had no hope of it actually working, but it did. My symptoms began to vanish day by day until I had none. I’m now still in the Marine Corps and I thank God every day for leading me down the right path and for my friends, family, and this forum for support.
The meaning of this post is to never give up, even when it flares up or seems like the end of the world. DON’T become a slave to your own condition like I did. Stay positive and try something to relieve the daily stress of your hives.