Chronic appendicitis and urticaria?

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I started experiencing unexplained hives all over my body - never knowing where from hour to hour - 5 1/2 months ago. I've had every test imaginable to rule out systemic or other causes and no triggers seem to make sense. Antihistamines to not work. Xolair provided no relief after 4 rounds. I had a total thyroidectomy 6 weeks ago to remove a benign mass and was hopeful that would end the hives. It did not. Since then, I have started seeing a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner for accupuncture and cupping. The tea did seem to bring some itching relief in the middle of the night. 

And now - one week ago, a lurking mild tug in my right side became acute and within hours my appendix was removed. Not one hive since. I'm so afraid to exhale with relief. Will they return? Does anyone believe their is a connection between a lingering bacterial, appendix infection and/or appendictis and my hives? 

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    My belief from my own story. From speaking on here to others who share this condition is that the start of this is either an infection or a sudden trauma that has happened in their life. I have found anything from  a cold to an infection in a tooth, to bowel problems. makes the situation worse. Although I do have triggers such as heat, sun and stress.
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    Heavy tiredness / fatigue or sheer exhaustion is another trigger for me. I suppose that's not that different to stress and often leads to infections too. And the hives add to stress and exhaustion and worsen infections, especially if they mess with your sleep. It seems to be a very complex set of variable triggers for me. One of the signs that an attack is coming on is that I will suddenly out of the blue feel complete exhaustion, brain fog and overall weakness bordering on depression. Then usually that night or by the next morning my skin will breakout. Often within a day of that I'll have a the first signs of a cold or infection. Or sometimes it happens just as I recover from a cold, just when I start to feel well again. 

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    I had hives and angio-edema all over my body for 4 months. Then I had an acute appendicitis, had my appendix removed, and I have not had a single hive since. This was 3 weeks ago and I dare not hope that the urticaria is gone. Since I also switched to a new ant-histamine (desloratadine) just after my appendectomy, it is also possible that I am finally responding to an anti-histamine.

    Have you gotten any urticaria since your appendectomy? Have there been any new events in your story?

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