I have had three battles with chronic urticaria, and unfortunately I have to deal with this nightmare once again.
To make a long story short I have seen many doctors, and I actually was put in the hospital two times, where the doctors ran all kinds of tests; but they couldn’t find what is triggering them. I was tested for thyroid dysfunction, cancer, parasites, IgE, infections, auto immune diseases, they even made a biopsy on my skin that had hives with nothing but inflammatory tissue.
My hives can be very bad. Some times in the morning I have swollen lips and eyes (angioidema) . Other times I think they are internal and causing shortness of breath. I feel that a big load is on my chest.
The doctor usually prescribes antihistamines. I find some relief with Xyzal but I think it takes a while for the medicine to kick in. Each time after several months and on antihistamines the hives resolve themselves on their own.
The doctors decided that my hives are caused by emotional stress. And looking back on all my hive breaks I have been under stress in all times.
This time I have some issues at work. My boss is terrible and she’s stressing me out on almost a daily basis. I exercise 5-6 times a day, I have normal weight and healthy lifestyle. I am a male so I do not think I have much fluctuation in my hormones.
Although I’ve read emotional stress can cause excess cortisone release from the gonads and at some point the human body is running low and that can cause immune dysfunctions like the appearance of hives.
I am very successful and driven but I think the tremendous stress I have at work takes its toll on my hives. I am seriously considering resigning from my job and this is frustrating cause I have worked very hard to be where I am.
Has anyone else having an experience like this? Any advice?
Thank you all,