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Severe Hives that started two years ago after drinking water from the tunnel in the DMZ zone in Korea. No one has been able to fully help me
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Over two years ago I developed severe hives and pain shortly after visiting the DMZ in Korea and drinking a full bottle of water that I filled up from a pipe in the underground tunnel. They only go completely away if I’m on prednisone. I have had multiple test including checking for parasites, autoimmune disorder from my primary. I have seen a ENT, a Gastroenterologist, OBY-GYN, and allergist. Nobody can find an answer, at one point they thought it was Hep C, however I was told I have the antibodies in my blood that cured it so I don’t have it.
I currently take two Xolair shots every four weeks, along with 2 -Allegra’s a day, 4-6 hydroxyzine HCL 25 mg, and 2-ranitidine HCL 150 mg a day just to keep from ripping my skin off. I have been on and off prednisone for over two years when the hives get so big they don’t just itch they burn and at times move up into my neck area and felt like they were closing my throat off that I struggle to breathe.
I’m so frustrated between the hives and the pain that I’m told is caused by the hives, and the fact that multiple Dr’s have not been able to give me a cure. This affects my life deeply as I can barely keep up with work and in my off time I just go between laying down or sitting on couch, as no position is comfortable for long. I have lost contact with a lot of my friends as I’m to uncomfortable to want to go out. My hives are continueing to worsen they are now on my face and neck and twice they have been inside my mouth and throat. My husband has had to take me to ER twice in last week as they are affecting my breathing. Two epi shots Benadryl shot 60 mg prednisone and solmedrol in IV just to get them to go down, it is getting scary as they seem to be getting worse and none can figure them out.