- 8 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
On Thursday afternoon, I started feeling bad. My neck was sore and my glands were swollen. I thought I was coming down with a normal cold.
I woke up on Friday, and my throat and glands were worse. I called in sick to work and went back to bed. When I did finally get up, I discovered that I had a very red, itchy rash appearing all over my body, especially on my chest and back. It would flare up, then disappear from a spot, then reappear on a different part of my body later. After a few hours, I realized that my lip had ballooned up to three times its normal size.
I went to the doctor, and I was told that I was having an allergic reaction to… something. I had broken out in hives all over my back. They injected a bunch of steroids into my butt, then sent me home with instructions to benadryl myself into oblivion for the next couple days.
Things seemed to be going well, but then last night, the rash came back. It was even worse this morning, even though I’ve been taking benadryl every few hours. FI and I went to his parents’ house for the day just in case I was reacting to something at our place, but while I was there, my lips started swelling again. I started getting itchy again, too.
After a bit, my hands also started to swell. They hurt and they itch. My wrists hurt, too, but more in the bone than anything else. My limbs just feel very tired and weak. My lips are three or four times the size they should be. I feel awful, and I’m worried about what’s happening to me.
I’m allergic to just about everything that comes from outside (trees, mold, grass, animals, etc.), but I’ve never reacted with hives or swelling before. In the past, it was always asthma, sneezing, and itchy eyes that told me I was reacting to something.
I haven’t changed laundry detergents or anything in my diet since this crap began. I did start taking some new medicines recently, but that was several days before I started reacting, and the doctor said she couldn’t imagine that they were causing it.
I’m at a loss. I don’t know what is making me so sick. I’m on benadryl and Claritin D, and yet I’m still getting worse. I’m going to go back to the doctor tomorrow, but I just want to get better. Do any of you have any advice or ideas? Please. I feel awful, and I’m getting desperate.