I am in my fourth year of chronic hives. I've yet to have a break from them, even for a short period of time. While zyrtec and zantac help, you seem pretty confident that you can cure anyone (or teach anyone to cure themselves) of this condition.
Unlike most folks with chronic urticaria, I believe I know what started mine. I was given a painkiller called Ultram (I think it was experimental at the time). Withing an hour of taking that pill, I had hives for the first time in my life, and ever since.
I've been to the GP, Derm, Derm #2, Allergyst, ENT, and Allergyst #2. The ENT was convinced that sinus surgury would fix everything. Although I breathe easier, I still have hives.
I'm not going to say that I'm sure I buy into self hypnosis (in fact it sounds rather unbelievable - like diet cheesecake), so maybe I wouldn't be the best subject. But I'll try anything.
Sign me up. Sell me your book. Do whatever it is you do.
I'm willing to learn.
In Reply to: Re: Walt, I'll try anything. posted by Denny Pentecost on June 05, 1998 at 18:32:29:
Why not first get relief? Perhaps you will then have more belief in whatever I might suggest. Write a note on the BB & title it something like "Self-Hypnosis-Hives Testimonials?"
See what you get.
Since your note seems to want me to be 100% effective, I will have to know a lot more about you to tailor your approach to you personally. The self-hypnosis is just a symptomatic relief while you get rid of your basic causes.
Use the link to the "Health Coaching Service" on the homepage for this 'site (Ask Dr Stoll) and go to the link for the service. There you will find how to do this publically (free) so others might benefit from your experience, or privately (for which I charge since no one else will ever benefit from observing the process).
If you go through all this, I would appreciate your sharing your experiences (as you get well) with the BB participants. As you can see from all the notes, this is an increasingly common problem that isn't very much fun. Think how many others you can help.
Digesting my book would do you a lot of good so far as getting a head start. However, I have the feeling from your note that you are not quite ready to put in the work of reading it carefully. If I am wrong, I apologize. However, I do not want you to waste your time & money either.
My daughter (age 9 ) has had hives off and on for about three years. At first I thought stress from a divorce was causing them. Then the past few times she has them either accompanied with or followed by high fever for a week. I takes about three weeks for both to disappear. Recently thought about allergy testing, but Dr. said possibly could not identify source. I think her body reacts to illness with hives, not so much an allergy. Any body else with this problem?
In Reply to: Re: daughter with hives posted by LMurr10265 on June 13, 1998 at 00:58:48:
At this age, she almost certainly has leaky gut symdrome complicated by candida related syndrome.
This has been discussed many times right here on this bb within the past month. Read everything you can find about it & then get a copy of "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier. Until you understand the mechanisms behind this, you will continue to flounder.
Once you have that information under your belt, if you still have questions, write again.
In Reply to: Re: daughter with hives posted by LMurr10265 on June 13, 1998 at 00:58:48:
i have had hives for the last 4 mon. and they have been accompanied with a fever and flu like symptoms i have had numorous tests and nothing has turned up..they think that it is viral and that it will go away but in the mean time i take antihistmines when they aren't to bad and a lot of cold showers and baths..keep searching because there is no research done for people with hives for no known reason other than allergic reaction
In Reply to: Re: daughter with hives posted by s murphy on June 19, 1998 at 20:33:35:
I hope you don't mind the name. I just couldn't resist.
Read the archives on this bb about this.
Read a copy of Dr Pelletier's classic: "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" for the basics about WHY you are reacting with hives.
THEN, remember that the single most effective approach to chronic hives is self-hypnosis. I do not suggest this as a permanent solution as you will have to go after WHY you are susceptible & do something about that. However, I do not doubt that you would accept being without the hives while doing the rest of your homework.
I too had/have a problem with hives, and extreme skin sensitivity. I have isolated my problem to an allergy to perservatives. I too cannot get any assistance with the medical profession, itis not even considered a food allergy. My only options are to never eat prepared meats, sodas, etc. It is limiting, but I only get the hives now when I have eaten something suspect (of having perservatives). In my case, the reaction gets more pronounced and I've been on the edge of antifalatic(sp?) twice, but haven't required hospitilization yet. I have heard of other people with issues that are associated with yeast. All I can say is that if it isn't yeast, check perservatives, they're everwhere, even in prescriptions. Good luck
In Reply to: Re: Anyone have any ideas for CHRONIC HIVES posted by ek on June 13, 1998 at 19:30:39:
Your additives are only the trigger that pushes you over the edge. You are to be congratulated for figuring out THAT much.
HOWEVER, if you really want to put this behind you, you need to IMMEDIATELY go to the bookstore & get a copy of the most recent edition of Dr Pelletier's book "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" as this book was written about you.
THEN, once you have this under your belt, if you still have questions, write again.
This is a totally unnecessary condition!
Drew: Can you give me some info. on NIKKEN. My sister has severe cases (daily for 3 years) of hives and is just about out of her mind. The doctors and meds don't seem to help and we're at our wits end - and she has tried everything.
Thanks for your help.
In Reply to: Re: Anyone have any ideas for CHRONIC HIVES posted by Jude on June 15, 1998 at 13:43:56:
Chronic hives are totally unnecessary. This has been discussed many times over the past few months right here on this BB. YOU cannot solve this but SHE can.
Read everything you can find on the BB about this. Stuff older than May have been archived---see the link:
Wheh SHE is ready to learn what is needed to resolve this, my first suggestion would be for her to read the classic "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier.
THEN, if she still has questions, have HER write again.
Payment is made by her sharing her experiences, as she gets well, with the other participants on the bb so others learn that this is an easily resolvable condition.
I have had hives on and off since 1997 never had before,
they will pop up on one hand or finger go away in a couple
of days then come up on other hand or foot,i use cold pack
and benadryl for itch.doctor said it comes and will go away.
but why does it keep coming back. this is the worst thing i
have ever had. i wonder what effects from benadryl after
taking so long.
In Reply to: Re: Anyone have any ideas for CHRONIC HIVES posted by Danny on June 16, 1998 at 20:43:29:
Claritan and Allergra don't have thedrousy effects and seem to be more effective.
I have had hives for about 3 years and have had to take zyrtec, attarax, seldane, and zantac to relieve them. I am currently only taking 10mg zyrtec every 36 hours to combat the hives, because my condition has slowly gotten better to the point that I do not have to take as much medicine. I also get angioedema sometimes in conjunction with my hives. It usually affects my fingers, hands, lips or face . I have been on immunology injections for the last 3 years and my system seems to be getting better and building up more immunity to the things that I am allergic to (virtually everything). However, the progress has been slow and I still have to take the one tablet of zyrtec (10 mg).
My real concern is having to take the zyrtec while being pregnant. Do you or ANYONE have any advise or experiece to share with being pregnant and having hives? How to control the hives during pregnancy? What medications you or anyone has taken to combat the chronic hives during your pregnancy? I am 25 years old and pretty health (exercise and eating habits) and would like to start having children, however, I am scared of what the affects of taking antihistamines or zyrtec would have during the pregnancy.
Can anyone help me or does anyone have any advise or someone to contact who would know the answers to these questions???? Please respond if you have any information on pregnancy and hives and how to control them, or email me at:
In Reply to: Re: Anyone have any ideas for CHRONIC HIVES posted by Karen on June 19, 1998 at 10:53:29:
Chronic hives are EASILY understood & resolved. We have been doing it here in this bb for years.
Use the link: hives archives and read everything you can find about the subject. THEN, if you still have questions, write again. Be sure to read the references or you will never resolve this.
Resolving chronic conditions like this will never be something you TAKE but something you DO.
I've had hives for close to a year now and know how frustrating it can be. I've taken steriods and antihistamines and although they are effective i do not like how they make me feel. Rcently I have begun working with an acupuncurist and an herbalist and have had alot of sucess my attacks are much less frequent and less severe and I have been able to get of sterios completely! good luck to everyone who has this condition in their search for a cure
In Reply to: Re: Anyone have any ideas for CHRONIC HIVES posted by joe on June 24, 1998 at 17:59:45:
I hope you will read the note about "cures" from dp on 6/24/98. THEN, go to the archives & read what Jim has to say about the trouble people have doing what needs to be done.
There is a wellness center in Pidgeon Forge, TN that has in concrete over the lintel: "Knowing What To Do. Doing What You Know."
It is not that my suggestions do not work to deal with what bothers you but that it is almost impossible to get people to do them.
People with chronic hives usually SAY that they will "do anything" to get rid of them. Usually what they mean is they will go to any doctor, take any treatment, etc., NOT that they will be willing to learn & DO.
I hope you are ready. If not, there are lots of people on this BB who have. They can help you get through the hard part: STARTING.