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I found this forum when researching urticaria and thought I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. About a month ago I had a bad flu and I was already starting to feel better when I got urticaria/hives all of a sudden. It started on my hip and in 2 days 90% of my body was covered and the itching and agony was absolutely unbearable. I went to a hospital three times and first they gave me steroids, then they told me they had found a trace of bacteria in my blood and decided to treat me with antibiotics. The next day another doctor said there is no need for antibiotics and they prescribed me antihistamine. I took 3 x 10mg Cetrine and 1 x 25mg Atarax daily for 2 weeks and now I've been reducing the dose week by week as the doctor advised to do so. When my urticaria started I experienced severe stiffness and swelling in my joints; feet, knees, wrists, fingers, hip... It came in waves and it was weird as one moment I was able to get up without any assistance and take off my clothes and the next I was unable to even pull up my pants without help. My doctor said the stiffness was due to high histamine levels in my body.
At the moment I'm taking 1 x 10mg Cetrine and 1 x 25mg Atarax and I've noticed that the stiffness is coming back, especially my groins, elbows and knees are aching and it makes moving difficult. Have you had similar experiences? Did you get rid of the stiffness? In the hospital they took x-rays and they looked fine, but I'm freaking out as I love sports and I can barely walk 3k at the moment without my groins starting to hurt and me feeling fatigued. This is the first time I ever had urticaria and I'm afraid of it becoming chronic. Antihistamines make me very tired and anxious and I can't concentrate on anything and I forget things all the time so this has had a big impact on my life. Doctors said that most likely it was the flu that triggered the urticaria but also stated that we will probably never find out for sure what it was.
Thank you for reading this and take care!
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