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I'll tell you about my journey with idophatic angioedma and how I was cured. Basically in Nov 2014 i went out with a few friends to a seafood restaurant( im not allergic to seafood btw). I had some calamari and guinness. Later that evening i noticed a small bump or rash on my chin. I was surprised because Im from the Caribbean(we eat alot of seafood) but i went to the pharmacy and bought some zrytec. Took it and the rash went away.
About two weeks later the left side of my face became swollen. Went to the campus doctor (I go to school in Canada) and they gave me some antibiotics to try and those did not help. They then did some blood work for my thyroid, tested for mumps and for cellulitus. THey all came back negative. So i began praying to God for some help because the swelling would reapear every 4 days after it intially goes down. The annoying part was that it would be different parts of my face that would begin to swell. My eyebrow, eyelid, chin, cheeks, forehead.
In January 2015 I was given an appointment with a local allergist who told me i was experiencing chronic uticaria and angioedema. SHe tested for HAE but that came back negative as well. She started me out on ceterizine 20mg a day for a month and told me to come back. Over that month the symptoms did not ease up and continue to ravage on. I became self conscious and started to become depress and started to skip classes because of my swollen face. I started eating alot more and stopped going to the gym as much causing me to go from 165 to 190 pounds by that summmer. Anyway I went back to the allergist the following month and she told me to contine with the same treatment for another month. To no avail the same problem persisted. I prayed every night for help so that i would be healed from this illness. Everytime the swelling went away i was like finally tthis is going to be the last time but it wasnt. 4 months later she prescribed me to take ranitidine along with the cetirizine but it didnt work. FInally I went back home for the summer (8 months living with the angioedema symptoms) and saw an allergist there who took me off of all of the meds i was on. He told me that obiviously this drugs werent working for me and prescribed that i take 5mg of levocetirizine and 200mg of plaquenil twice a day(this was july 2015). Immediately i began to see results and the swelling went away and didnt reappear at all. I continued that regime for the next 5 months. I curently take half a plaquenil and one 5mg levocetrizine every 2 months. I havent had an angioedema attack since July 2015. I thought about telling my story before but I prayed on it and wanted tto be sure i waas cured of the angioedema before i shared with everyone. I use to think there was no cure for it but God answered my prayers. He led me to the right allergist who was able to rectify the problem. I was told to share my testimony with you guys. To let you know that through God all things are possible once you have faith. I hope my story encourages someone out there to not give up.There is a cure and a way to live without the daily stress of angioedema and urticaria.
God Bless Everyone
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