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Last Sunday, I woke up with huge bumps on my lower body that were extremely itchy, red, hard, flat, and hot. Never having experienced or seen anything like this, I panicked. I also got very dizzy and had trouble breathing for a good three-five minutes. I have no history of allergy to anything - food, weather, dirt, dust, nothing. My husband took me to the hospital, I was treated for hives, and was told to take Claritin once per day. The hives went away for the rest of the day. The next night I was awakened by terrible upper body muscle aches, and a sharp pain in my chest, behind my chest bone. The hives bumps also reappeared in the morning. All these symptoms then went away for the remainder of the day. The same occurred the next day, with the terrible muscle aches and sharp chest pain and bumps that then disappeared. The third day, however, I woke up with the left half of my face completely swollen, and unable to move it. I went to the hospital again. I was told I had acid reflux and that the hives are causing the muscle pain, but that the swollen face was a mystery and that I should see an allergist. I was given pepcid for the acid reflux, and a steroid for the hives, and benadryl at night. The swelling went down, but then my lip became swollen for next few hours. Since then I've been getting the hives every morning and then they go away, but the acid reflux is just settling in (now it occurs throughout the day too) while the muscle pains have gone away completely, and have had two more lip swellings. What's also weird is that after that first day of itching, these bumps no longer itch at all although they appear every morning. They are there, swollen, and red, and ugly, but they don't itch. My problem is that I have had this acid reflux ever since I got this strange bout of hives and have no idea what to do about it (because the pepcid is not effective for the entire day) and when it'll go away. Nothing in my diet changed to bring this allergy about, I'm not allergic to anything that I know, and I literally did not change anything in my lifestyle - it's a complete mystery. I've been laying off the acidic stuff, as well as milk, but I'm still experiencing the hives in the morning and the acid reflux.
[QUOTE=olgai;3342574]Last Sunday, I woke up with huge bumps on my lower body that were extremely itchy, red, hard, flat, and hot. Never having experienced or seen anything like this, I panicked. I also got very dizzy and had trouble breathing for a good three-five minutes. I have no history of allergy to anything - food, weather, dirt, dust, nothing. My husband took me to the hospital, I was treated for hives, and was told to take Claritin once per day. The hives went away for the rest of the day. The next night I was awakened by terrible upper body muscle aches, and a sharp pain in my chest, behind my chest bone. The hives bumps also reappeared in the morning. All these symptoms then went away for the remainder of the day. The same occurred the next day, with the terrible muscle aches and sharp chest pain and bumps that then disappeared. The third day, however, I woke up with the left half of my face completely swollen, and unable to move it. I went to the hospital again. I was told I had acid reflux and that the hives are causing the muscle pain, but that the swollen face was a mystery and that I should see an allergist. I was given pepcid for the acid reflux, and a steroid for the hives, and benadryl at night. The swelling went down, but then my lip became swollen for next few hours. Since then I've been getting the hives every morning and then they go away, but the acid reflux is just settling in (now it occurs throughout the day too) while the muscle pains have gone away completely, and have had two more lip swellings. What's also weird is that after that first day of itching, these bumps no longer itch at all although they appear every morning. They are there, swollen, and red, and ugly, but they don't itch. My problem is that I have had this acid reflux ever since I got this strange bout of hives and have no idea what to do about it (because the pepcid is not effective for the entire day) and when it'll go away. Nothing in my diet changed to bring this allergy about, I'm not allergic to anything that I know, and I literally did not change anything in my lifestyle - it's a complete mystery. I've been laying off the acidic stuff, as well as milk, but I'm still experiencing the hives in the morning and the acid reflux.[/QUOTE]

You need to see an allergist asap. An allergist will do a complete blood work up to eliminate any possible causes of hives. Epstein Barr is one of them that needs to be eliminated. Thyroid problems are another. Most likely it is an allergy and since it seems to happen in the morning, it may be from your bed sheets and pajamas. Try a process of elimination. The first step I would take is to rewash all your clothes and bedsheets (including your mattress pad) in a different laundry detergent.





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