Thursday afternoon I broke out with a horrible case of Hives. At first, I thought I was having an allergic reaction to the fish I ate for lunch, but I have eaten fish my whole life and never had a bit of trouble with it. I had also had the same fish a couple weeks before and had no reaction. It was down right perplexing.
I went to the store and bought some Benedryl, but it had no effect on the hives. By Saturday night it had gone to the bottom of my feet and the palms of my hands. It actually itched under my nails. I got no sleep at all. Sunday morning, my voice started to go and the glands in my throat were swelling. I was also having ringing and soreness in my ears. When my heart started skipping all over the place, I told my husband it was time for a blessing and the ER. I know I should have had the blessing sooner, but silly me, put it off.
A good friend of ours came over and helped my husband with the blessing and then we were off to the ER. When we finally got in to see the doctor, he could find nothing wrong (other than the allergy symptoms). He asked all kinds of questions and checked me out thoroughly, but found nothing. Because the reaction had gone to the hands and feet, he said it didn't sound like a food allergy. Plus, the Benedryl should have taken care of that.
After a few minutes, he stood and went to the counter, leaned against it, looked at his chart and said "I think you're allergic to yourself."
My husband and I looked at each other. Then I turned back to the doctor. "What did you say?"
Again he said I was allergic to myself. The only thing he could figure out was that I might have had a viral infection and when my body released the antibodies to fight it, it released too many and my body reacted as if it were allergic, by releasing histamines, thus causing the hives and other problems.
So, I got a massive dose of anti-inflammatory (in the behind...OUCH) and he sent me home with steroids and some other meds to fight the reaction. So, now it is Tuesday, and I am feeling much, much better. I'm so glad I don't itch any more. I'm sure the doctor was correct in his diagnosis, but...I'm still not having fish for lunch. I may never eat fish again.