Did the hormone replacement work for you?
I would like to get a name and phone number for your doctor. I am suffering from major Hives everyday all the time. Especially in middle of the night. I become mad. Its drive me crazy. I am thinking about my hormones inactive and I would love to take bio-idedtical hormons. but, I don't know who to call. Will you please let me know.
I am not sure where you are located but I am in New York City and the name of my very open minded, progressive and life saving doctor is Dr. Michael Aziz. His number is (212) 906-9111. He has also just written a book called "The Perfect Ten" which is about hormone balance and weight control. I am sure if you do a google search on him you will find tons of info. If you are not near NYC you can find a like minded doctor by doing the following web search. The key words are "anti aging and integrative." If a doctor has his or her name atatched to those phrases chances are they are open to hormone testing and replacement. You may have to be diligent but they're out there. In what city do you live? I have a few books with physician listings in the back and I can look those up and pass that info on to you if you wish.
I know how you are suffering. I was there for so long without help and it's a horrible place to be. You are not alone and there is help. Just let me know what else you need.
I am 37 and woke up recently with hives all over my joints and scalp. By the end of the day my lips had swollen and I was having difficulty breathing. I rushed to the ER and they gave me steriods and benadryl and sent me home. The next morning I woke up with them again and also had severe hot flashes that soaked my pajamas. Since I had just ovulated, I realized there may be a relationship between my hot flashes and chronic hives I began to investigate on my own.
Since I had a hysterectomy several years before, I began to put things together and requested a thorough blood panel to be completed. It turns out my progesterone, testosterone, and one of the estrogen levels were very low. I contacted my endocrinologist who said there is no relationship between menopause and chronic hives. She did nothing for me. I contacted my homopathic chiropractor who immediately saw me. He confirmed the lab results with muscle testing. He gave me a plant based progesterone cream, testosterone derived from deer antlers, and adrenal gland supplements. Within that evening, the hives had almost disappeared. By the next morning - they were completely gone!! I have not had any issues with hives or hot flashes since!
Ladies, I understand the pain you are going through! If I didn't do my own investigating, nothing would have been resolved. I would suggest a thorough horomone blood panel and the options of progesterone and other possibilities to help you! It worked for me!
I have hives now & believe it's hormone-related, but will know for sure when I see my physician on Monday. In the meantime, I want to continue exercising, but the exertion causes my hives to worsen. Heat and hives are a bad mix. :( Do you have any suggestions on how to keep exercising with this hive problem of mine? I feel so much better with exercise and don't want to give it up, but...well, it's those darn hives that have me scared of getting back to workin' up a sweat. Thanks so much.
Having hives at 48. My periods are normal and on time...but I have started having itchy hives at night for 8 days now. I have changed laundry degtergents etc..think it is all related to peri menopause. I am a nurse and research EVERYTHING... do not like medications or prescriptions. Doctors are too quick to prescribe a pill instead of find the cause. I would only use biodentical hormones if I have to go that route. Amazing how many women experience hives during menopause and doctors overlook it as if it is all in our minds. This is why I use a woman OB/GYN!
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Good Luck Ladies!
I'm 36 and not going through menopause yet, but I've been having hives for six months now and it all began when my doctor started me on natural progesterone (bioidentical hormone replacement) because my progesterone levels were supposedly low when they tested my hormones. Two weeks into taking the progesterone I started breaking out in hives. Needless to say, I stopped taking the progesterone, but the hives never went away. I got them every time my body temperature increased. Live have been very difficult for the last six months. They even tested me for Lupus. I found out a couple of days ago that I don't have it. Today is the second day that I haven't had hives. I take Seasonique for birth control so I only have a period every three months. When started getting the hives I was on Yaz. This past week has been the week I'm off of the pill and the hives suddenly disappeared. I think that the progesterone changed the way that my body interacted with birth control pills. I'm just glad that I'm not getting them anymore. I was afraid it would never end. I hope that this helps someone else. I regret ever trying to do the bioidentical hormone replacement and I think that it's dangerous to start toying with hormones.
Being only 36 and not in menopause it sounds as though your issues were more with Yaz and not the bioidential progesterone. It's been well documented that many women taking Yaz also have outbreaks of hives and when stopped taking it their hives went away. You even state yourself that when you stopped taking birth control, your hives stopped. Yaz as well as Seasonique is obviously birth control designed to stop your body from doing what it is designed to do. Having children. Anything that gets in there and interfers with that is going to wreak havoc on your system. And birth control is indeed a hormone and it is synthetic so yes, the added progesterone more than likely did cause your hives. You also say it's dangerous to start toying with hormones and yet that is exactly what you are doing by being on any sort of birth control. What do you think birth control is? I can't speak for anyone who is not in menopause but for those of us who are and are dealing with our bodies no longer making progesterone and or estrogen which we absolutely need to be healthy and balanced and to stave off age related diseases, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is absolutely the best option. The danger is not being educated and informed enough about what choices and decisions will affect your body, inside and out.
I can certainly understand your position and we all need to do what is best for us as individuals. My only point was that I've been on birth control for twenty years and never had a problem until the progesterone was introduced. I think I'd rather be low on progesterone than risk dealing with hives every day of my life again. It concerned me that I couldn't find any documentation that discussed any of these risks online. Maybe, if it affects someone else in this manner, they will do a search and see my post, and save some time in figuring out what is happening to them.
I can't tell you how excited I am to have found you guys! I've had chronic urticaria for 2 1/2 years now. Like most of the women who posted here, I've seen a number of specialists. I've had the usual battery of tests run - biopsy of the hives, allergy panel, etc. When they first cropped up, they were everywhere. Honestly, they all joined together to make one big hive! I was out of work for 2 weeks with ice packs on me. I was taking antihisitimes q 4 hrs. They have eased up over the last 6 to 8 months, but are always there. I haven't gone a day without hives. When they flared up badly this past weekend, I was racking my brain once again about what the trigger could be. What happened 2 1/2 years ago that made such a drastic change in my health. The only thing I could think of was that my period ceased - menopause started. Yet, at no time did any of my docs suggest the two could be related. I've been living on drugs for so long and I'm so sick of it. My allergist wants to start me on Plaquenil, for heaven's sake. (Don't worry - I refused.) So, today I Googled "menopause and hives", and am I glad I did! I plan to call my Internist tomorrow regarding a hormone panel and go from there. One thing I'm curious about. I did get labs that verified my hives are autoimmune. I'm curious if you (georgygirl) had the test and the same result? For the first time since this began, I feel a glimmer of hope that I may be able to do something about this other than just suffer through it. Thanks for sharing your experience.
hi..i,ve had hives for many yrs..just starting to wonder if menopause and hormone changes could be related...any chance you also have underactive thyroid and depleted vitamin d levels..i do and again wonder if theres any connection...thanks for any info
I absolutely have hypothyroidism and low D levels. I went on Armour Thyroid a year and half ago as well as a bio identical progesterone creme. After a year of pain the hives stopped virtually overnight. There's no doubt in my mind they are connected. Look at all the women on this list alone suffering from hives while going through menopause. Why is the medical community not paying attention? Have you gained weight as well that you cannot lose no matter what? If yes, more than likely that is due to a sluggish thyroid. If you do have a thyroid issue stop eating soy in all forms as well! It wreaks havoc on the thyroid. Most soy is genetically modified. It's poison and will interfere with thyroid as well as hormone production. An excellent site for more info is: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ Balance your hormones and not just the the obvious ones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) but your thyroid, adrenals, etc. as well. Change the way you eat, take supplements and vitamins to put back what your body no longer makes or can't get enough of through normal diet. Be diligent. You are not alone.
thanks for the info....i am on syntroid for underactive thyroid.....and taking vitamin d supplements....just made an appointment today with a dr who tests your hormones and uses bio identical ones...
I am 52 and have had hives for about a year. I did not change my food diet and have had allergy testing and have found no cause. I cannot live like this itching all the time. I am in perimenopause. I do know that my estrogen levels are low. What are you doing to get rid of the hives.
Thank you for your letter. I am 48 and have suffered chronic hives for 6 years now. Not one doctor took me seriously. I have been on every drug known to man for treating them, nothing worked. I've elimanated all glutens from my diet, saw numerous naturalpaths, tried acupuncture and chinese medicine. This last bout of them was the most severe I have ever had. It is debilitating. I didn't want to get dressed as waistbands etc would cause more to come. I cried every day as all of you know with chronic hives, you feel like a freak, your mind never quiets because you are constantly searching and thinking of a cause. I have not enjoyed a hot shower for months, my husband literally couldn't touch me or hives would appear where he touched me. I even had a "friend" tell me to quit being a baby, I was not going to die from it. What she didn't understand is that there are days, I truly felt like I wanted to die if I had to live this way. That all changed the day I read your letter.
I got dressed, went to our nearest walkin clinic and demanded a prescription for 2% progesterone cream. Within 2 hours of putting it on, my hives were 50% gone. By the next evening they were completly gone and I have been hive free for over a week. I am now in the process of having a complete hormonal panel done including my adrenals from a private lab. I will opt for bio-identical hormones once the results are back. When I asked my doctor previously to test my hormones, he had me do a blood test and told me in these exact words..."well your hormone level is ok for a women of your age." I am taking my health into my own hands and like you will never let a doctor dismiss me or treat me like an idiot again! Thank you for giving me hope and the energy to fight this.
I am so glad I found this site! I am 56 and also having exactly the same symptoms. Nights are the worst! I am getting the CREAM tomorrow & making an appointment with someone who specializes in hormone therapy! Thank You soooooo much!
Hi my name is Larnie and i tured 40 in August,and just before that i came out in Hives,just like all the other woman i have been reading about.i'm just wondering how you lose the weight you gain,as i have put on 8kg as a result from being on predmix for 6weeks,which you are only suposed to be on for at the most 5 to 10 days.
i have never had a weight problem before, like yourself and am finding it just terrible,not fitting into any of my clothes and refuse to buy more.
I'm so glad I looked up this site. I've been going crazy for 7 weeks now breaking out in hives. I'm 45 and never been allergic to anything. Everything I've been reading from multiple women defines what I'm going through myself. My last period of November 6 lasted 14 unusual days (off and on bleeding). And as of now my period hasn't started yet and it's December 14th (my body usually gives me an indication that my period will start soon by having sore breast). That's what made me look up premenopause associated with hives. I believe that's the answer!
I went to the doctor 3 times and an allergist in 2.5 weeks (and I'm not one to run to doctors) getting steroids to "stop" the hives. The two different steroids I was put on at different times gave me instant relief to only last a few days and when it was time to taper off the meds, the hives would come back worse than before.
There were instances when I would get hives at the bottom of both my feet (VERY PAINFUL). They would swell up and itch, which in turn I was only able to walk with crutches for hours until the hives decided to diminish. It affected the palm of my hands where I had visible, red, hive circles (the doctor said usually you feel them in your hands and feet, but are not visible to the eye - NOT!). And of course, they were all over my body, hidden under clothes. I was scratching like a crack head. It's a good thing I work in my own space alone at work.
Then it affected my tongue. It felt like I swallowed fiberglass. My tongue itched, burned and swelled up. It was so bad that when I closed my mouth, I wouldn't let my tongue rest against my teeth or the roof of my mouth, because anything it touched caused pain. The doctor prescribed me Lidocaine (swish/swallow) that numbed it to give me some relief.
I find it interesting that the 3rd time I went to my physician (the other two times I went to Urgent Care) the doc was just going to put me on steroids again (didn't ask to see my hives - just going to prescribe). I took the initiative and showed her my body and she was like "WOW" and I showed her pictures I took of myself so that she knew how severe they were prior to that visit. She didn't know what to prescribe because I said "too much steroids is not good for you and besides they don't work like I need them too". So in turn, she had to consult the allergist I seen earlier. Now, I'm taking Zantac (generic Wal-zan) and Allegra (Fexofenadine) for 30 days. It's been a week and I'm more relieved than ever. The hives still try to pop up, but not full blown. As soon as they pop up, I also use X-itch gel to prevent it from itching. As each day comes and go I get fewer hives trying to break through my skin. I ask the doc if my hives come back after 30 days can I still take the two meds and she said yes. I just hope I'm not on them forever.
I just got my bill from visiting all the docs in a two week period, costing me $830.00 to find out from this website that menopause is the culprit.
Thanks for this website and the lovely ladies sharing their issues regarding hives helped me physically, mentally and emotionally.
Thank you all so much I too have been suffering with low thyroid and D and B levels. I have had chronic hives for 12 years all they did was increase my thyroid medicine and then put me on hormones for menopause. I just came off of hormones this past June, 2011 and now all the chronic hives are back.I went back to to thyroid specialist who tested my throid levels witho other things and said it is not my thyroid. So even though I have Hashimoto's it was not related! So I began to suspect there is a relationship between menopause and hives. So I am going to a women's health specialist at the University of Arizona this Friday January 13, 2012. I have been taking Claritin, an acid reducer and ibuprofren on and off and of course increasing the thyroid dosage. I am so glad I found this website-thank you all.
Not sure if you are still out there, but I am suffering with major hives/skin rash or something. Covering my stomach, legs, back. Itchy and red bumps. So uncomfortable. It seems like it comes on strong right before a period. I am 49 and definitely approaching or in or ?? menopause. I just can tell my hormone levels are whacked. Periods are incredibly heavy and severe and last over a week. I had to go to doc to stop the bleeding this month. Hives arrived a couple days before the period and are still here. Just so miserable. Was your cure or help actually taking replacement hormones or ???? Any help would be great. I'm located in Southern California area.
I am 45 and have had chronic hives for the past 4 years. I do have allergies to pollen, but I no longer think this is the case. I have been following this post for a while, it is the best one out there. I have added to my diet Maca Powder (you need to add Iodine as a supplement to it). I was in whole foods telling my story and there was another lady in there with the same problem. I added Maca Powder 2 in the morning 2 at early evening and bingo!!! Hives gone!!! I am so mad at my doctors for not finding a cure ... I went throuhgh 5 doctors. I just purchased my second bottle ($15.99) lookingat it now, it is green in a brown plastic bottle. Made by Navitas naturals. I buy the 100 vegcaps of 500mg each. I take 2 in the morning and 2 7pm ish. Hives gone!!! I use to take 4 zyrtec a day, yes this is what the insane allergist in Myrtle Beach told me to do ... that did not sure it. When I had outbreaks I could take 8 -10 benedryl a night and rub benadryl cream into me (I do NOT recommend this as I many times thought I could OD on benadryl, but whe you all clawing your skin all night it seems a small pricwe to pay). I am traveling a lot and just had to post this back on this site, since you women have been so helpful to me. Try it ... I am still in awe and I have ZERO hives!!!! It is definately some hormone inbalance thing, and I am still regular periods no signs (except the hives) of menopause ... my Mom did not hit it until 55 ... but there is something funky with my hormones and I'm pissed at the doctors for not finding this out for me. Give it a try let me know. God bless ... I know the misery
i have a question for you, ANGIODEMIA(or swelling of the tongue .
my sister is in her fortys & up untill last june, she was healthy , never needed any drugs or trips to the hospital, untill june 15th, i got a call at my work that she was rushed to the er. for acute angiodemia attack, tongue swelled like a balloon she was all puffy & salaiva/mucus coming from her nose& mouth, she was so out of it. ounce in the hospital besides on a electerlite iv potasium & iron suppliment, liquid benaidrill. observed for 48 hrs. & sent home .
but that was not the end: now almost every other day, it happens , same mo/simptoms. the doc put her on benadrill, anti anxeity,stomic meds & . but still has attacks , not as bad as the first time. for a month it was hell, ironicly, after seeing a alergy doc , foundout it aint an alergy but a virus/, DUUH!.... but for 8 months she was fine. then in janurary invertigo & nasuia was on the list , so it,s back to the hospital, blood tests, ekgs, even went to a ent/ head neck specialest. here it is march, same prob. either the doc,s say it,s nothing or not sure without testing , i even told the doc keep her for 72 hrs & observe the attack, but no such luck, they say it,s stress, I DON,T THINK SO. i think it,s either a hormone imbalance or defeciency. been doing research on this so called alergy. or maybe im wrong ,,, what do you think?????????????
hey, i have been going through terrible hive breakouts since January 2012, been to er two times with such break out and large ones one time my lips even where swollen. been on steriods twice, soon as stopped hives back again. i am in menapause and keep telling docs this is what i think it is from, seems to be worse right before and during periods. I also work night shift which i feel messes with your hormones, by the way all weekend i will be free of hives than by 2/3 night back to night work hives start again. They now have me taking 2 24hr claritins a day and two 150mg tablets of zantac. zantac acts as a H2 blocker. I had blood work done and doc says I have a large amount of anitbodies in my blood which causes my body to release histamines for no know reason, could be stress, hormones etc... but does not believe it is food, or detergent related. Well started the zantac and claritin a week ago and have been good until came to work tonight my third night on and very few but hives on my arms tonight. can't wait to see if I get alot by tomorrow night. this is crazy docs are crazy def. think this is all hormonal related and guess just got to live with it. :(
I am so relieved that I found this website, I've also been suffering from extreme hives and I know it's hormonal/menapausal driven. I've never had hives before in my life and all of the sudden after my last period in April 2012 I started to get bumps on my elbow's and I thought they were misquito bites. I don't know how some of the people posting on this subject have lived with this condition for years, it's only been 2 months and I want to jump out of my skin. I will be arranging for a hormone blood panel to be done on myself and then go from there. I am already taking Vitex extract which is a bio-identical hormone but now I fear I am either not taking enough or there is something going on with my thyroid. I've had food allergy tests done, auto-immune disease panel done and everything comes back normal but no thyroid or hormone panel, when I mention it to the doctors they look at me like I'm crazy. This website has given me some hope. Thank you for all of the information you have posted.
Well, my allergist said that in some women, hives and menopause can come out. I had a hormone level/thyroid blood test done and my progesterone was 0.08 (very low) I have been taking Fem Care Progesteron cream and it has done wonders, with this and Zyrtex no more hives at all. Also, my obgyn said I am in full blown menopause, not peri like another doctor had said. Please have your blood tested and talk to a good obgyn.
hello. i have never once replied to a blog but i must now.. i too am convinced that my chronic blotches all over my body especially my backside, is due to low progesterone. i am waiting for a saliva test to come back i did that after my progesteone level was low on a blood test.. i was curious how much progesteone cream you put on yourself before you knew what your levels truly were? did you just follow the instructions? i dont want to wait another minute and i wont get results back for 2 weeks.. thank you so much for your response. audrey
Hi! I was so glad to read your post. Last month I broke out in a hefty case of hives that still are here. I went to the ER after the 3rd week and the dr there told me I must have developed an allergy to something (no history of ANY kind of allergy) so, I went thru the change of soaps, laundry soaps, cutting out certain foods. Been taking Benedryl steadily and it has only helped a bit. So, yesterday I decided to start some checking on the menopause-hive connection. My periods have always been johnny on the spot til last year and now are sporadic. Thinking it may be menopause creeping up on me, was relieved to see that hives can be a symptom and not me suddenly becoming allergic to everythng around me (my boyfreind thought it was him). Got some Maca Root yesterday and am going to try that......I'm hoping this clears me up! Thanks for the tip
Hello, I read your story and I really need your help please tell me what to do. Can you give me some advice? I've hade chronic hives for about 2 years. I've gone to see every doctor and I don't know what to do. Can you help me please?
I've never replied to a blog either, but in the midst of my research about the connection between hormones and my chronic hives, I stumbled upon this thread. From what I've read initially, (I've just begun my research) researchers, interested in understanding the reason behind the strong female gender bias of autoimmune disorders (e.g., Lupus; Multiple Sclerosis), have been studying the effects of artificially altering the estrogen and/ or progesterone levels of female rats. These research studies seem to indicate that artificially altering estrogen levels during critical periods of life, like while as a developing fetus, during puberty, during peak years of fertility, menopause?, may lead to many differences or abnormal changes in the body. This includes autoimmune problems (e.g., hives, etc.). I'm 29 years old and I've taken Loestrin 24Fe for about 4 years to control ovarian cysts. I've also had eustachian tube dysfunction (also mentioned as a side effect of low estrogen levels) and gradually worsening chronic hives for about 4 years. Of course, all my doctors say the birth control doesn't have anything to do with it, but after what I've been studying and what I've read on this blog, I believe there is a high probability that there is a direct connection between hormone levels--whether natural or artificially controlled--and autoimmune symptoms like hives, swelling, throat irritation, etc. It absolutely amazes me that we can all be so aware of this posibility and yet no one in the medical profession seems to have any idea about it. I'm going to use my alumni priveleges and spend some time at the Emory library to dig deeper and access more complete peer reviewed research articles.
I have been struggling with hives for 4 months now and am about to go CRAZY!!! I've been to the allergist who ran the skin test and did a hives panel; those all came back normal. So he says, you could have this for 3-4 months or up to 5 years. REALLY?? Currently, I am taking 3 Allegara & 2 Zyrtec each day. I've even added Zantac and none of it has helped. He gave me some steroids to take but the last time I did that, the hives returned the first day after completing the dosage. At first the hives were just in my legs and sometime my arms. Now they are all over my body, including my head and face. They seem to be getting worse, not better. My allergist did say it could be hormones, but didn't offer anything for it. I got to thinking about this and realized that my mom went through menopause at 42 (I'm 41). My sister has been so worried about my hives that she researched and found this sight. In talking with her, I found out that she too went through menopause at 41. I have an appointment next week to get my hormones checked. Now I know to be pretty insistant on this issue and demand some hormone replacement. Thanks guys!!
I'm a little confused. You stated that you take two in the morning and two in the evening. Does the Maca powder come in pill, capsule or powder form? There is not a Whole Foods near me but I found powder online. What dosage of Iodine do you take? Do they have to be taken together? Thank you for your time! I can't wait to get rid of these hives!
I'm a little confused. You stated that you take two in the morning and two in the evening. Does the Maca come in pill, capsule or powder form? Can you elaborate a little more...how do you supplement with Iodine? How much? and do you have to take them together? I just need to make sure I find the right product and take it properly. Thank you for your time! I can't wait to get some relief from these hives...Oh... and some sleep.
Thank you soooo much for this! I'm 54 and starting into missing my cycle. I'm having hot flashes and now hives. I do have allergies but I kept thinking there must be a connection between the hot flashes and the hives. I was in the ER today and they just gave me the usual, steroiod and cream plus benedryl. I also went to the chinese med doc. I decided not to take the steriods and go for the chinese meds. I'll see how that goes. Do any of you know a good doc in Boston who deals with this stuff? I was scaring myself with videos about mast cell disease. I also am in massage school and we've started myofascial deep tissue work and I'm wondering if that kicked this in. Have any of you found massage makes hormonal issues worse?
Thanks so much for the story. Hives is so miserable and it's totally new to me...It's driving me crazy and affecting my life. I am pretty sure it's related to hormone and menopause. I am 48, done with my period a year ago after my OB put in the IUD for me to prevent heavy bleeding due to fibroids.
I need to find the dr. for anti-aging, not sure who to call in. What do they list under?
I live in Seattle area. Would you please let me know some names to contact? Thanks!
So I am too suffering from miserable hives. Is the anti-aging physician the same as the naturalpathic or how do I find him? Where do you go or who to call for a hormone panel? I am curious what is the treatment for low hormones in your case? I need to find a remedy soon. Thanks for your help!
Would you please explain a bit about the Maca and Iodine??? I bought maca powder from the local health food store. I couldn't find the 100 vegcaps of 500mg. Are you saying this is all you take (Maca Powder) and hives is gone? Thanks for posting...
I am still suffering from hives and it's so miserable :O(
I am curious if the Maca root worked for you as I just bought mine yesterday too?
I am 57, post menopausal for about 4 yrs. I have suffered with so many symptoms over the last 7 yrs., ( anxiety/panic attacks near the end of perimenopause), and a lot of internal 24/7 nervousness, shaky , off balance, lightheaded feelings that are awful ! I did see an acupuncturist who really helped me to survive, a really great stress reliever ! I too get a red splotchy rash that itches. I have noticed that it seems to come and go.
I found a naturopathic doctor who had me (at home) take a hormone/thyroid blood spot test, as well as a saliva panel (this tests your hormones/adrenals throughout the day). These are tests that conventional medical doctors do not do;but they are essential for getting accurate test results. The normal TSH thyroid test is not enough to get to the bottom of your symptoms. I had these done back in Jan. of 2013, and just did a second testing and am waiting to see what , if anything, has changed ; since I have since developed a new symptom, heat and humidity intolerance. For the first time , this summer, I can't go outside if the weather is above 72ish and the slightest humidity knocks me out for the remainder of the day. My head, face and ears feel real hot. My eyes feel tired and when I close them they feel ice cold. I get very weak and have to get inside the airconditioned house fast, you feel like you can hardly breathe. Also, I feel like I have flu-like symptoms ( but no fever ), my sinuses seem stuffy and I have this dry hot feeling in my throat and a dry, soft cough.
Yes, get yourself to a knowledgable naturopathic doctor who will work at getting you balanced. It may take a bit longer, but at least you won't be put on a bunch of synthetic drugs that in the long run will give you even more headaches and terrible side effects, I know , I was one of their trial and errors ! And whatever you do, don't let them tell you there is nothing wrong and then just tell you that you need depression drugs.
Good luck and God bless !
Hello, I know this is an old post but I am wondering what you found after going to the health specialist at U of A? I have your same symptoms and am looking for some relief. Thank you.
Alise....I just want u to know....ur comment on the hives on palms of hands and bottoms of feet really helped me understand I'm not crazy. These drs don't get it. I couldn't show them because u could barely see a change. Thank u for sharing this. I stand all day for my job and had to take time off because of this. I always feel like people think I'm lazy but they just don't understand how painful it can be. Chronic hives and angiodema suffering for just under a yr now:( thank u lauren
I am going through the same thing...pre menopause, and now hives. I have been trying some bio-identical hormone replacements for a low thyroid. My Dr is great. She really understands the hormonal imbalance thing and is very knowledgeable on vitamins and other supplements as well.
She is in North San Diego
Dr Linette Williamson
Use Progesterone cream...it keeps my hives under control...you are getting hives due to estrogen dominance....it works...may take a couple months (cycles) to adjust to the progesterone cream, but after that it will work...I use 1/4 tsp twice a day..just rub it in on thin skin areas and hives will be gone...I started using it when I was covered in hives for over a month...within 24 hours the hives had almost all cleared up....you can buy it at any health food place...it's natural and safe...
I am 44 have had hives since Oct 2009. I have had allergy testing done. Not allergic to anything. Had my blood tested for homones and they tell me my hormones are fine. Had food panel test done and they tell me I am allergic to nothing. But break out in hives ever single day now. Its worse then it was in October. I get it all over, neck , face, legs, torso, it can vary as to wher and when. I can wake up with them and then they will deminish through out the day and then about 7 at night they seem to reappear and get worse once again. they tell me it will go away in 18 months. Yeah right. In the meantime I have to suffer with this itching and scatching. I have had two episodes where I have also had wheezing in my throat and my throat was starting to close up as well. I do carry an epi-pen just in case. You say you started using this Progesterone. Did you test low for it or did you just start using it? Anyone else have any other suggestions?
I researched Estrogen dominence...and read all of my problems, including the hives was from that. I started using it and the hives stayed away...it will say to start cream for 21 days, then stop for 7..the first day of your period start counting 7 days..then start cream again...and as soon as I stopped using cream, within 24 hrs..hives were back..so i just kept using the cream daily for about one year..then i just had complete hysterectomy in Jan. and Doc said to stop cream to see if I needed it again in a few months...and low and behold...I do... I started getting headaches, night sweats, and some hives (not nearly as bad. Just on my hands)..so now im going to do the cream again 2xdaily and I am positive these menapausal symptoms will go away...Read about Estrogen dominence....and use natural progesterone cream...Here is the link to the cream I use...can be ordered online...works great...http://www.happypmscream.com/
if you cant click on the link..type in happypmscream.com.....ok? good luck
I'm 49 and have had hives (in all different places, worst at night) for almost 6 years, seen numerous doctors, had extensive allergy testing and done much reading like most other women in this discussion. I took antihistamines (10mg loratadine) every day for about 5 years, but am sick of doing this and not getting to the root problem. I've taken several steps recently and found my hives greatly reduced. Am down to two antihistamines a week. Not sure which of these steps (could be one or a combo) is doing the job, but here's the list: boiled herb brew prescribed by a Chinese-Med herbologist (2xday for 3 mos), a daily vitamin for women (2 mos), 800 mg Vitamin C (1 month), natural progesterone cream OTC (2xday, 3 weeks), daily exercise (3 weeks). Planning to stay with it all and add Vitamin E for hot flashes.
Take a look at all of the products you're using, and see how many contain a glycol derivative (I'm going to guess it's near 100%). I broke out in hives April 12th, almost a month to the day after going off HRT after 2 years on it. And I've been battling hives and angioedema ever since! After taking 2 motrin a week ago yesterday, the lump-in-my-throat/chest pain (angioedema) was so severe I said "Enough!" and really started doing my research. After many hours and much speculation, I have rid myself of all products containing glycol, and have not had the angioedema since--plus, today is the first day of no hives! My theory is that menopause really can throw our hormone balance for a loop, and so our bodies don't metabolize things the way they used to (anyone else put on any weight for the first time in their lives after hitting menopause??), hence the new glycol allergy.
I have been suffering from hives for a year now; 4 trips to the emergency room many doctors appointments; nothing but wanting me to take allergy test which they may never know or it could be a million things that I may be allergic to ; But never showed signs until I started the change ; and after my last trip to the emergency room ; which affected my breathing and throat; I decided to do my on research; I will not and do not want to stay on or take predisone it's dangerous. So I found this site of all you lovely ladies with the same problem I have. Some of this caught my attention such as the progesterone cream; alight went off. I am not a nurse ;but I have been in the medical field for 25 years; you do learn some things;
Common sense just tells you well I had my last period last Feb. within 3months I was breaking out bad, My face would look like something out of a scary movie, lips swell; it was bad and you never know how bad it will get or where you will break out and then it takes a day and a half just for the swelling to go down. Now what I had been taking was predispose, zantac, zartac, powder , creams anything; predisone was the only thing that would work 30 mg.. The pain alone before a breakout is bad I would hurt all around my upper mid section; I read and found out this to be agioedema; causes intestinal and the lining of the stomach to hurt with and episode. Well if a woman who was producing hormones, progesterone and estrogen and her body lacks it due to these changes; she's a emotional wreck. So I decided to get some progesterone cream all natural; and Phyto-Estrogen Formula all natural from the GNC store. I tried it last night, and the cream today I rub a small amount in the plams of my hands and on my face and neck. my face today is so smooth not red and patchy; this evening my spirit has gotten better; from the dietary supplement support; yesterday I was a wreck wanted to cry over everything; felt like an attach was coming on; so I did take
something to help me sleep; but this evening I can tell a difference; I am no longer swollen through my mid section like I always feel when a attach is just in the waiting. I felt I just replaced something that was missing from my body that is suppose to be there and no longer is. I am not over weight my diet has never changed and I have always been active and taken care of my self. But I do believe in self awareness and research; no one knows your body better than you and with the proper research some of these issues we women can take care of our self with out a non caring doctor . I just wanted to share my story and I hope I can shed a ray of light on someone else who is out there suffering. I do believe you need to ask a physician for a hormone panel; and even then it's always better to go natural if possible. Check it all out.
Hope I have helped someone tonight. I don't feel like I am going to have an attach and I am not itchy I am beginning to feel like I am suppose to. I will let you know if this changes ; but what I read from some other ladies the progesterone cream and even the Phy-Estrogen Formula is working for them no more break outs.
I have hives right now - all over my face and have been experiencing break-outs for 3.5 years. I am 38, and they started when I turned 35 - in and around my period. I had a Mirena IUD put in April 2009, and the hives died down some (only now I have gained 20 lbs, I'm bloated, irritable, get very weepy and depressed, fatigue, dizzy, extreme cramps and have off-n-on insomnia...but the hives went a way for a bit). This last month, or so, its seem I have every PMS symptom I have ever had, just minus the full-blown period: its as if I am on a continuous cycle with symptoms (my poor husband!). The Mirena IUD is coated, as I understand it, in a progesterone type substance and it drops a small amount of progesterone in your system. I am planning on removing my IUD with in 10 days, but am curious if I use an additional progesterone creme if the hives will go away? My eyes are truly amazing and swollen due to the hives, and the chin, and the cheeks - they tend to wrap around my neck and flow to my arms when they get going. OTC antihistamine and Rx's allergy drugs combined with allergy shots don't stop the hives. My thought was the added progesterone that the IUD is putting in my system might be the culprit to the continuous case of hives on my face, as of late? I just started an intense vitamin regime today, and added a natural estrogen supplement called "Estro Logic" as a way to balance the progesterone that the IUD is submitting. Along with Vit C, E, B complex, magnesium, Omega 3-6, Multi and Vitex - so something should get 'helped'. Just thought I would submit to see if anyone else had the same issue along with the Mirena IUD and hives.
You should go to a homeopathist and have them test your energy for estrogen or progesterone dominance. I had the same symptoms you describe but am sing EstrioleCare cream and have had no further break outs.
hi there. long story short-I'm 47- chronic, everywhere including internal, horribly itchy hives for 7 months- dermatologist, GP, gynelcologist (even had my mirena removed thinking I was allergic) 2 allergists (including Cleveland Clinic), a Gastro and Infectious Disease Doc and no one did anything other than prescribe steroids and tell me that this was idiopathic (no known cause). I also ended up in the ER with chest pains which they told me was GERD. I was experiencing this as well as the sensation that something was caught in my throat pretty often. I did a lot of research, looked at thousands of posts and my last hope was a menopause connection- asked my doc to confirm - yes-I'm in menopause and probably started 8 months ago when I was still 46. Early but I've never given birth.
Tried HRT- I am on a low dose of vivelle.dot (.25 mg) and Prometrium caps 100 mg. I have been on them since the beginning of December and have not hives since my 2nd week of taking them. I also have not had any chest or throat discomfort. I am not saying that this is cure for hives but I had to try it as I was completely and totally miserable for 7 months.
I have a mirena iud for 7-8 years and started getting bad hives 1 year ago. I have been thinking about getting the Mirena removed - did it help you? Is it too much progesterone? Help! So miserable, as are all of you. Nothing works. Sometimes ibuprofen, sometimes mead Vit C , sometimes bendryl, zyrtec and zantac, but nothing is full-proof. At wits' end!
ita been over a week i cant figure it out went to doctor and gave blood and urine waiting for results went to hospital over weekend becauce lip started to swell up tried changing foods sometimes i eat and hives come sometimes i am just working cleaning or climbing a latter and my hands and arms get hives lately they have not been that itchy but still come verry annoying and a little scary i wonder if it has somethin to do with my kidneys or liver?
Thank you for your informative thoughts on whether hives and menopause can be related. I am 56 years old and for over two years I have suffered from chronic hives. I have every symptom that you have suffered, shortness of breath, pain in the upper mid section etc. I have seen several doctors including an immunologist. The Immunologist thought it was my food and drink intake. It is several months since I had a bad attack from hives, although I have had them over that time, I have been able to control them with antihistamines and steroids. This week, for the first time in 8 months I have had a period, and also the worst case of hives I have had in that time. Tomorrow I am going to buy some progesterone cream. I really do think we are on the right track and would love to hear from any ladies out there who are going through the same as I am going through. PS I am not overweight, weighing in at 50 kilos, exercise 5 times a week and generally look after myself ( I do love the odd glass of wine)
Once again to all ladies who have written into the forum thank you.
Regard Nanna Kez
Thanks for sharing your story. I also am 47 and am experiencing the same symptoms. Just in the past 6 weeks, been going crazy with hives,some chest pain,and that feeling in the throat as if I could vomit. Went to the GP,
he said it was stress. Advised me to take an allergy drug- not doing much. Tested positive for allergies to dust mites. Haven't gone to the GYN yet, but I'm thinking I may be starting menopause,periods are erratic. I also have never given birth. Hopefully this goes away soon.
This is the first time I saw anything about hives and menopause although I had read that it was possible to get allergies during the menopause.
I first got hives a year befor my periods stopped and thought the two were connected. I scratched so much that my sheets were covered in blood in the morning. The scratching also kept my husband awake.
As I try not to take too many synthetic drugs, I tried herbal drops. They took 1 - 2 hours to stop the itching by which time I was scratched to pieces. I then took some small homeopathic pills called Apis Mel thinking they would not work as I had seen a documentary about how impossible it is for homeopathic medicines to work. 10 minutes after taking my first pill the itching stopped and the hives started to go down. It took a few days for the hives to disappear completely.
The hives came back a year later when I was definitely in the menopause and Apis Mel worked again. After that, I did not have hives again.
I to am experiencing everything you are. My first signs were about 4 years ago. Just on my chest, lower stomach & behind my ears. At that time I went to my GP & a dermatologist. They both ruled out shingles and gave me some prednisone & allergy medication. I was so disgusted with both doctors not having answers that I said I would just live with it. It went away about a month later. Had a small outbreak on my forehead about 2 years ago. Eventially that went away. Last August I had a break out on my chest which never went away all fall. In November I went of the BC Pill and several weeks later I started itching all over. I went to an allergist and he did some testing with no results other than the allergies I knew I had for years. He put me on high doses of prednisone & antihistimines. Every time we have lowered the prednisone the hives come back. I am still on the lower dose of the prednisone & the hives are getting worse each day. The allergist has decided that it was time to see my GP or my gynecologist after I mentioned the possiblity of the hives being related to menopause. I will be seeing the gynecologist today. My allergist made the call to set up the appointment & I got in within a week. Have a doctor set up an appointment for you. You will get in a lot sooner.
I've been through 2 courses of prednisone, it helped for a very short time. I'm still taking Zyrtec at night and have been taking Benadryl too. The good news is that I started taking progesterone about a week ago, and little by little I'm feeling better. I can actually sleep through the night and the hives on my body are drying up and are less itchy. I would recommend a hormone panel test, that's how I found out my progesterone was low. I think it's been low for quite some time, but no one put the dots together. About 5 years ago I started having panic attacks for no reason, and I now think that that was connected to low progesterone. Don't give up hope, I've been dealing with hives for over a year and finally I think I have an answer.
Oh my God! I am not crazy. I have been to two GP's one told me I had a fungal infection the next one told me I had SCABIES and the allergist told me I had hives. NO KIDDING! I asked if hormone changes could have anything to do with the hives and the first two obviously said no and the allergist said well menopause can cause skin changes. I have scratched myself raw! I am glad I found this web site. Thanks for sharing your stories, it has helped and will definitely get a hormone panel done. Thanks again, Kathy
Thank you so much !!! I too have been to many Dr's and had no luck. I also was told scabies funful infection and soooo many other things. I finally found a wonderful Dr. who is working with me and did run a blood panel and found I was anemic and very low on b12, I am now on b12 shots once a week which has helped with the fatigue but not with this CRAZY itching and hives!!! I am going crazy as I sit and write this. MY palms and bottom of my feet are the worst!!! There are days when I will just sit and cry it is so bad. I have tried atarax, zytec, benadryl .... but nothing help with the itching, some days are worse than others and heat makes it really crazy, I am calling my DR first thing monday morning to find out about a hormone panel if she can't do it I have a client who is a gyn, I was told to make sure they do the saliva test not the blood, will let ya know what happens....thanks again this does bring me some relief.
Hi there, up date for ya, got tire of waiting for my test results and decided to call the hormone replacement center (hrc) they got me in that day and had my results back the next day!!! turns out I had NO testostarone in my body at all!! and was low on progestrone aand estrogen, so I went in that fri for bio-identical replacement. It has been a week and a half now and I am feeling better, they said it would be about a month or so befor I see drastic results, the itching and hives seem to come and go but hopefully will get much better with time, he also told me i also have eczema which I was always told before was psorsis but explains why the psorisis meds never worked, but the itchy is a little better, and the energy level has definantly improved already. he said my symptoms many times are mistaken for thyroid. I go back in on feb 8th for another blood test to see where my levels are at and if they need to be adjusted. Spoke with a friend of mine who told me to be patient it does take a little while to get things back to normal but can't to feel like my old self again!!! this florida weather right now is also not helping my skin. I highly recommend the HRC center they were very sympothetic towards me and didn't treat me like I was crazy!!!! will keep u updated on my progress. Even though I am in peri-menopause they have treated young girls and even men!!!!
Go to the website www.bestnaturaldoctor.com. I have dealt with the hives...itching....irregular periods....etc. for over 4 years now....and have seen MANY doctors! He is the only doctor that I have had any success with. Going on two months now.......and no rashes anymore......amongst other things.
I am 57 and haven't had a period for at least 3 yrs. For the last 18 months I've been having major itching and haven't found an answer as to why. I've seen my primary physician, a dermatologist, an internist, and an allergist. I've been told I'm allergic to wheat gluten, eggs, potassium dichloride, neomycin and I'm really not. I've taken antibiotics, steroids, sleeping pills to help me sleep (they didn't work) and still don't have an answer. I have scars on my legs from scratching myself in the middle of the night until I had blood running down my legs, and doing it many times. I also have scars on my arms, breasts, stomach, and butt. I quit taking NSAIDS as they seemed to make the itching worse. I've never been a big drinker but now I don't drink alcohol at all. It makes me want to scratch my skin off (ice packs helped). Heat makes it worse, my skin feels prickly and then gets itchy. I have to take a tepid shower and then run cool/cold water over me to be able to sleep at night. I use a steroid cream on the really bad spots, mostly on my torso. When I asked the allergist if hormones could be the problem I was told that it wasn't. Because of the fluctuations of the itching it's impossible to pin down a reason. So my thought is that my hormones probably are fluctuating and maybe that's it. I take Zyrtec at night and Benadryl when needed and I seem to be doing better. It was so bad for awhile that I was up in the middle of the night having to take a cool shower and then some Benadryl before I could get back to sleep. Some of the other things that have helped are cool compresses, wiping my skin with witch hazel, and a light weight lotion (a heavier one seems to hold in heat and make it worse). Doctors haven't helped me much and I feel like I'm on my own. I don't feel stressed most of the time, but when I do I've noticed that I do get pretty itchy. I think I need to find a doctor to do a hormone panel. It would be nice to know that I'm not crazy and there is a reason that I'm so itchy.
My friend and I are both 55 and menopausal. We both started getting hives this year
for no apparent reason. We are both taking Zyrtec once a day to get relief. I just had my hormone panel done, and found out I had no hormones left at all, except testosterone. So, I recently started on bioidentical hormone therapy.I still get hives
every day wherever I sweat, including on my scalp, if I don't take the Zyrtec. It almost seems like I am suddenly allergic to my own sweat. I also get my lips swelling from time to time, too. I haven't been on the hormones long enough to see if the
hives will go away or not. But I am already feeling better after even 2 weeks.
Thanks for your comments. I've been wondering if I should see about having a hormone panel or just start using a progesterone cream to see if that helps. I used the cream quite a few years ago to help with heavy periods, but when that was no longer a problem I quit using it. Knowing that it was low in the past makes me think that it's even lower now. I've thought that I was allergic to my own sweat too, one of my many theories in the search to find an answer for me. I'm glad to learn that I'm not the only menopausal age woman with hives and intense itching.
Oh my god, today, after several months of itching, red palms, itchy feet and skin all over my body. I have struggled to go through the last two months of my life of what it is I could be allergic to and today, I said it must be menopause. I am 47 and have full periods still but as I approach the inevitable, I figure it has to be something more than an allergic reaction. I did a hormone panel at 43 and the doctors said if I wanted to have any more children I should then because my window was closing. Well, at 47 I am sure it has closed and this along with all the wonderful body changes we have to look forward to, I knew it had to be menopausal. Thank you all for writing and I thank god for helping me find this website as I was thinking I was going to die. I went to the ER last week and all my bloods were normal also, so its the 'CHANGE' and having any kind of answer is an answer. I will resort to natural herbs as I have in the past, particularly one call "self heal" hard to find on the internet but if you google it you will find it on Kalyx.com. I hope you all find peace in this as I too look forward to get pass this and going back to the ranks of the un-itchy. I look like I have feas... Uggghhh!! Take care all and thanks for posting...
Since my original post I have seen a holistic doctor and I actually have hope that I may finally have an answer to my many months of itchy misery! I am on an allergy elimination diet for 3 weeks, which is not enjoyable, but after 5 days it seems to be making a difference. I also got a hormone panel test kit from him and shipped it out last Friday. I will be another 1 1/2 weeks before I see him and get the results. His theory is that I have a food sensitivity and the trick is find out which foods are causing the hives. According to him allergists' tests only look for one component in their patch/prick testing and therefore aren't a good diagnostic test. My hormone levels may be another component, I'll find out more next week. Don't give up hope, there's got to be someone out there with the answers.
Got my hormone panel results, I'm low in progesterone. Since starting taking a replacement a little over a week ago I'm must less itchy and am sleeping through the night. I still have spots on my skin, but they're drying up and I don't see any more popping up. As for the allergy elimination diet I read somewhere online that low progesterone can actually bring on a food allergy. Don't know if that's true, but then it doesn't seem like anyone in the medical community really knows much about women's hormones anyway. So I'll be reintroducing foods into my diet the next couple of weeks and I don't think any of them will cause problems. After seeing four different doctors, 2 men and 2 women, I'm angry that NO ONE ever thought it could possibly be hormone related. I had to come up with that on my own and find someone to do the saliva hormone test. In fact when I asked the allergist if my problems could possibly be hormone related he immediately dismissed that idea. It was the one thing that made sense to me because there was no rhyme or reason as to why/when I was breaking out. This is a frustrating problem to deal with!
Try 2.5% topical steroid cream just when the hives appear. If you let them go they will not go away. You have to get this from an MD as a prescription. I have had premenstural hives since I was 19 years old....and they are miserable. They always appear on my face. If you get the steroid cream on them right away they will go...otherwise it will take awhile. I do not believe it is an allergy. It has improved since I have been taking serotonin modulators....prozac. But I am convinced after 30 years that is you hit them the moment they appear with the high percentage steroid cream they will help them go away.
THANK YOU! - this discussion saved my sanity!
I am 46, and started breaking out in hives a few months ago. The initial outbreak lasted two weeks, and spread to cover over 90% of my body - doctor precribed steroids, which worked beautifully... until the next outbreak. Every day or so, precipitated by mild stress or heat. I was a wreck; never knew what to expect day to day. Hydrocortisone creme was next to useless, and I didn't want to go on steroids again.
Encouraged by what I read here, I went to a vitamin shop and bought progesterone creme - after reading all the packages, I selected Emerita PRO-GEST, because it was labeled bio-identical (and came in pre-measured packets). Twice a day, for a week so far, and...
THE HIVES ARE GONE!
The outbreaks came far less frequently, and were much milder - hydrocortisone cleared it up - until they simply stopped. I'm still having periods (even after an endometrial ablation), so I'll be following the detailed directions that came in the box when the next cycle starts. I am not necessarily advocating Emerita, or saying that they make the best progesterone on the market, only that this is what I'm using, and that it is working. Thank God...
Glad to hear of your good luck with Pro-gest. I'm using the same brand and getting good results. After continuous use for six weeks, hives are gone, but there is still faint and scattered itchiness on occasion. Also getting the drowsies, so I'll be experimenting with (lowering) the dosage now that I'm hive-free.
Glad to hear of your good luck with Pro-gest. I'm using the same brand and getting good results. After continuous use for six weeks, hives are gone, but there is still faint and scattered itchiness on occasion. Also getting the drowsies, so I'll be experimenting with (lowering) the dosage now that I'm hive-free.
Glad to hear you're having some relief! I was getting that same faint and scattered itchiness on occasion, and over-the-counter hydrocortisone cleared it right up - as long as I applied it before I started scratching. Haven't experienced anything in a few days, but it hasn't been that hot lately. Fingers crossed...
I bought the progeterone that comes in pre-measured packets, because I was so afraid of overdosing. Good luck finding the dosage that works for you!
I am older than most of the people who have posted replies. I am 67 years old. When I was 42 I had a hysterectomy and was placed on hormones. I was on the hormones until the the "scare" in the 90's and was then taken off of them. I have had night sweats and some hot flashes since then. These have all but disappeared in the last 6 months. HOWEVER as they disappeared the itching began. In November 2009 my back and head began itching. Since then it has gotten progressively worse. Now I now have hives all over my body with my extremities and back being the worse. I have scratched myself raw. The itching is minor most of the day until late afternoon or evening and then it becomes unbearable. I have trouble sleeping and cold showers several times during the middle of the night are the only thing that calms them long enough to get a few hours sleep. I have tried limiting things in my environment and certain foods. I have been to a physician (antihistamines and steroid cream) allergist (no allergies), acupuncturist and nutritionist with nothing helping. My husband was the one who noticed that I was no longer losing sleep over night sweats but because of the itching. So I turned to the internet to see if there was a connection. I am so glad I found this site and will pursue the hormone/hive connection. Thanks to all of you for sharing.
I am 36 yrs. old and I have been suffering from chronic itching for the past 4 yrs. I have seen a dermatologist, a gynecologist, a gynecologist specialist, my family doctor and the list goes on and on. Not one of these doctors can figure out what is wrong with me. I was experiencing a tingling, crawling, itching, and sometimes burning feeling in my vaginal area. I became sick one day and broke out in hives all over my body. I used to get big patches on my sides above my waistline. No one could figure out what was wrong. Just by chance.....I felt a lump on my right side....but only when I stood up. It almost felt like it should be there. I asked my dr. about it....he sent me for a scan. Come to find out.....my liver was overcome with adenoma's. Before I found this out....I was gaining about 5lbs. every week. I usually weighed 150...but found myself at my highest ever.....250! I went and had surgery for this.....had to be put on the transplant list and everything. The doctors told me that birth control pills caused the adenoma's. And that most women have these adenoma's and don't even realize it. I have only ever been on birth control pills for a short time but it almost cost me my life an left my son parentless. After my surgery....I stopped itching completely for about 2/3 months.....then it slowly started coming back. I was hoping that my liver problems was what caused my itching. But it is back again. It is like a terrible curse! I have found that a product called TOPICAINE by ESBA labs works wonders in numbing the area. Just google it. I have also found that the lotion SKIN MD NATURAL works great as a moisturizer for the itching (google it to see where you can get it, I get mine at my Pharmacy) and an antiseptic called Domeboro takes some of the stinging away. You can get Domeboro at Rite-Aid. This is gonna sound weird....but I have found that applying deoderant to the area helps also. I use Suave sweet pea and violet. I have tried everything and just about anything......from tea tree oil to garlic to prescription drugs. The list of prescription meds that I have taken is outrageous! I feel like a hypochondriac and feel like everyone looks at me that way. I am not though.....this itching is real........and makes me crazy on occasion too. I cry, I get mad, I have even gotten to the point where I am questioning God now because there is no way "he" could or would make someone suffer like this for so long in such a cruel way. I just want to feel normal again. Be able to go away without having to sneak an itch or worry about how bad my itching is that day. This is insane beyond anything I have ever known. I have spent thousands of dollars for this test or that test. I am broke and I dopn't have a hope in the world anymore when it comes to this. The topicaine, lotion and deoderant make it bearable for a couple of hrs......but it is still a lioving hell. If anyone knows of a good doctor in PA that has been able to help with this....please let me know. I am changing doctors this week. I am going to see an internist. I thought it was worth a shot since my family dr. can't seem to figure it out. I have read about the Progesterone cream. I have seen on the packages that it comes with a warning much like cigarettes though. It says it is known to cause cancer. I also read somewhere that it is suppossed to be used in conjunction with another hormone cream to balance it. Has anyone else ever heard anything like this or know what I'm talking about? I am glad I found this site. It lets me know that I am not alone. I wish there was someone who specializes in this. I have even done a search for "The real Dr. House" who is in NYC. Financial constraints do not allow me to go see him though. He does not take my insurance so everything has to be paid for out of pocket. I love all the posts here..... I hope we all find "our cure"......and if we don't, maybe we can help each other by letting each other know what has worked/not worked for each other.
thanks for the info on different things to try, i will try anything to stop the itching I am one big scar at the moment but have found much relief with the Hormone Replacement Center, I know getting these hormone levels baalanced out doesn't happen over night and I am trying to be patient as it has been only a week and a half since my first treatment. I am amazed at the dr's who have never heard of the skin probs that we have being associated with menopause!!!!
Today is your lucky day! I feel like I have the answers to your problems. After switching doctors ...ONLY to have him tell me that modern medicine has NOTHING left to offer me.......I went to see my gynecologist then as I had no other option. She gave me Clobetasol....which took the itching away by the next day. And I was lucky enough to find a homeopathic natural doctor who KNOWS what he is doing! Although I have never been to this type of doctor....and was leary.......my sister pushed me to go. To make a long story short.....I have been seeing him for 2 months now. My rashes have disapeared completely....I no longer have headaches, heart palpitations, unexplained pains, etc.......AND MY RASHES ARE COMPLETELY GONE!!!!! AND HAVE NOT CAME BACK SINCE!!!!!!!!! It is truly amazing! I don't know where you live....but I think the best thing you could do for yourself and your wallet would be to give him a call. He has a website. Go to www.bestnatural doctor.com He knows what he's doing. He does not advertise....all his patients find him strictly by word of mouth. I am SOOOOOOOOOOO unbelievably thankful that my sister found him for me. HE IS GREAT! Best wishes for success with your health. I am finding my success with my natural doctor.
I just turned 55. Have been going through menopause for 7 years, night sweats for just as long. Wake up sometimes every hour. Haven't slept the whole night through for the entire time. All of this was bad but then it got worse... this year I started getting weird swellings of tongue, lip, cheek. Dr.'s testing me now for tons of things. Had to go to ER due to extreme lip swelling. Allergist says it is angioedema. ALL OF THIS started with menopause. Have had night sweats for 7 years!!! Periods were all messed up during those 7 years, skipped a few months, then back with a fury. This is the first I have gone with no periods for a six month stretch. Haven't had one since May 2011. That is when the angioendema began. I have had about 10 episodes, tongue, lip, 1/2 of my face, bottom of feet, and once had a giant hive on my thigh. Had to get an epi-pen. Taking prednisone now and benadryl. Supposed to take Zyrtec, or Allegra daily, but took Allegra for first time last night and had a bad facial swelling when I woke up this a.m. so I'm scared to take it again. I do now think it is from menopause and not from some dread disease. Glad to find you!
I am not the only one!!!! I am 43 and have had battles with urticaria for about 6-7 months. My hives appear in various ways. Typically, one side of my face (chin, jaw, lip, cheek and sometimes eye) will swell up like a melon. On a few occassions, my husband thought that my lip was going to split open, that is how bad the swelling was. sometimes, it will appear as typical hives - welts on one side of my body.
Like many of you, the allergist doesn't believe it is food or allergy related. He believes it may be hormonal and I tend to agree with him. He told me to take a Clariton or Zyrtec once a day and a Benadryl at night. If I go without taking them for 2 days, I get an huge flare up. I do not like taking medication at all and am tired of taking antihistimanes. I may try to progestren cream to see if that will help. My blood panels have come back within normal range and I am still on b/c pills. It is like I don't even recognize my body. I do not like the unpredictability of how the hives will manifest - welts or face swelling. I can go to work with the welts, but can't go if my face is swollen. At this point, my throat and breathing haven't been affected.
I started having hives this past winter after being hive-and-angioedema free since 1996. At first I thought stress & allergies, but none of the usual things were providing any relief. Soon the hives were every day, and all over, esp at night, and they were the "bad" kind (itchy AND burning). My eyes were swollen and red and blistery in the morning, I was dizzy, and having bouts of low blood pressure and nausea. I just felt AWFUL, but I kept going, increasing the benadryl, taking claritin, and trying to work. Then, one day in early March, I could barely stand I was so dizzy, cold and shaky, so I left work and was on my way to the ER care center. I called a nurse friend to ask for advice on where to go and she said "NOWHERE!! They will just load you up with pred and cortisone drugs, and it won't work. GO TO ACUPUNCTURE". Of course, I thought she was nuts, but I knew that the pred route was my last resort, so I decided to try acupuncture. I started at two sessions a week ($50 a session, my doctor practices and teaches Eastern meds, and has a western med education as well). He put me on a yin diet (basically low-histamine), NO cheese, sugar, cholocate, seafood, olives, fermented or dried foods, no wine or other alcohol, etc.) and gave me instructions to take oatmeal baths, eat three meals a day, drink green tea and oolong, drink 64 oz of water minimum, and actually get 8 hours sleep a day. My hives were immediately better! However, right before my period, I still got them, and then I'd go for acupuncture, and they would disappear right away, and make a brief appearance again for the two days or so before I started my period. Then nothing. So I started using progesterone cream as well, and it made a huge difference, too! That buzzing, about to itch feeling under the skin--gone. Energy level, great. Sleeping like a baby. I now go to acupunture every 10 days to 2 weeks, and do the progesterone cream for 3 weeks out of the month. I'm still on the Yin diet because I want to completely detox my body, and because it's impossible to gain any weight on fresh fruits, vegetables, freshly cooked chicken or turkey, and green tea :) I'm actually enjoying this extraordinary healthy feeling. I just started a new stretching program as well, and notice that it really helps. Anyway, hope some of this info is useful. I really thought I was doomed, and a western med nurse and an Eastern med doctor have saved my life--I really believe that. I still get mild hives right before my period; I think it's just my version of perimenopause, hives instead of hot flashes and night sweats, but they are mild, acupuncture takes them away immediately, and the rest can be dealt with by a good oatmeal and baking soda bath, a day or rest and benadryl before bed. If this helps one person find some relief, then I'll be quite happy :) Oh, and the yin diet: it drives my friends crazy that I can't eat and drink everything, but it really hasn't bothered me, and in fact, I no longer crave fats or sugars at all. Okay, i still want the occasional fruit crisp, but other than that, nada. I don't even miss seafood or white wine, and on the West Coast dinner without wine is almost a crime :) Someday I know I'll be back to a moderate version of my previous foodie/wine days, but for now, I'm willing to forego the wrong foods for the right body and good health. Good luck!
For the last 3 yrs. I've been really experiencing changes with my body. First it started with anxiety/panic attack that sent me racing to the emergency room, convinced it was a heart attack. Follow this with fear of another panic attack,anxiety, terrible nerves, dizziness ,thinking I was going crazy or was going to die ( or shoot myself to end it all ). I also noticed that for no apparent reason I will break out with hives, usually on my extremities. Also after a very stressful four days ( dog was dying/old age ) I developed a weird discomfort in my right side up in the " gallbladder " area. After a HIDA scan, CT scan, colonoscopy, upper EDG, blood tests, allergy tests and I know I'm forgetting something, I was told that everything looked fine. No gall-stones, function test was real good too !
Like all of you other women out there, the doctors did nothing to help. The "experts" fell short and didn't seem to even care.
I finally took myself to a Dr. of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. After seriously considering walking into the woods and killing myself, after just one hour of treatment with needles I got off the table feeling fantastic !! It is now two years later and I sometimes get the dizzy , anxious feelings but nothing like before.
Lately though I have been becoming a tad worse. The abdominal "feeling" never has left and for the past two years I have given up eating dairy, wheat (gluten) and no refind sugar, honey, agave ( who's glycolic index I've learned is very high), high fructose corn syrup ( awful for you ! ) . I basically am eating the diet for Candida sufferers. And by the way there is no patented FDA drug for Candida so the doctors don't even acknowledge this condition.
I am 54(and 1/2) ha ha ! , so I know I am on my way to being totally menopausal, it's been over six months with no period now.
I am almost certain that all of my symptoms are do to my hormones. I also went to a woman's center for help, that was a joke ! This Dr. ( in Carlisle, PA), can't give HER name (blonde and husband works there too, for those in Carlisle take heed !! ), she did absolutely nothing for me. I mentioned alternative med's and acupuncture , even brought a list of what I take ( to show her ) , she didn't even look at the list, gave me a very quick internal and sent me away. They said they would call me back which never happened.
I know this is long winded, my point to women out there is this.
Just because someone has a Dr. before their name does not make them a knowledgeable healer !! You must educate yourself !!!!! Do not blindly trust what anyone tells you, period ! Yes there are very good doctors in the world, they are usually the ones with open minds and open ears. They will be the ones that actually ask you what is going on and really listen to you. They also are not close minded to incorporating alternative medicine, acupuncture etc.
Seeing literally hundreds of post's on the web from people agonizing over trying to find help (and not receiving any) , going broke with medical bills from doctors that don't give a crap. They and the wonderful pharmacutical companies make billions of dollars off of keeping us sick ! If this doesn't anger you , well it should !!
I'm 45. The hives started for me 3 years ago and I've never had an allergy in my life:)
It IS related to female hormones. I have been charting my monthly cycles for 3 years due to adrenal gland problems. I'm severely deficient in two of those hormones and I kept going into "Shock" on certain days of my cycle so I've charted my monthlies since 2007. Oddly enough, the adrenal hormones I'm deficient in are made from Progesterone!! My hives are severe on the same days each month. I am also Estrogen dominant and progesterone deficient in blood tests. I'm only taking adrenal hormones at the moment and Benedryl when I have to.
Mine start in the afternoon and stop about 8pm. I can't shower or go out in the sun then unless I take a Benedryl.My contact lenses become all blurry at the same time the hives start and my breathing gets wheezy- I huff and breath fast.
I've found some definite triggers that make it worse:
Ibuprofin, Multiple-vitamins, scented deodorant, perfume, wine, spicy foods, fabric softener and plastics!! I break out from the elastic in my underwear and the plastic clip on my bra even!! I can look in the mirror and tell you when it's going to start because my face gets beet red and if I look at my palms or soles, they are beet red too.
****Please be careful with Novacaine!! I've had novacaine a dozen times in ym life and NOW it causes EXTREME hives and my throat swells!! Take a Benedryl PLEASE before you get novacaine!
I take Benedryl to halt it. I take a half a pill if it's mild or a whole pill if it's worse. I never take the full dose of 2 because it knocks me out! Clariton and Ranitidine also stop my hives but they make me more tired than 1 Benedryl.
Thank you very much for this discussion topic! I too am suffering from hives and am rapidly deciding it is related to menapause. The only thing I have found to be helpful in addition to what everyone else has talked about is that it seems to help if I stay really well hydrated (as in 2.5 quarts of water per day).
Hope that helps! Jane
I am 36 yrs. old and I have been suffering from chronic itching for the past 4 yrs. I have seen a dermatologist, a gynecologist, a gynecologist specialist, my family doctor and the list goes on and on. Not one of these doctors can figure out what is wrong with me. I was experiencing a tingling, crawling, itching, and sometimes burning feeling in my vaginal area. I became sick one day and broke out in hives all over my body. I used to get big patches on my sides above my waistline. No one could figure out what was wrong. Just by chance.....I felt a lump on my right side....but only when I stood up. It almost felt like it should be there. I asked my dr. about it....he sent me for a scan. Come to find out.....my liver was overcome with adenoma's. I went and had surgery for this.....had to be put on the transplant list and everything. The doctors told me that birth control pills cause the adenoma's. And that most women have these adenoma's and don't even realize it. After my surgery....I stopped itching completely for about 2/3 months.....then it slowly started coming back. I was hoping that my liver problems was what caused my itching. But it is back again. I have found that a product called TOPICAINE by ESBA labs works wonders in numbing the area. Just google it. I have also found that the lotion SKIN MD NATURAL works great as a moisturizer for the itching. This is gonna sound weird....but I have found that applying deoderant to the area helps also. I use Suave sweet pea and violet. I have tried everything and just about anything......from tea tree oil to garlic to prescription drugs. The list of prescription meds that I have taken is outrageous! I feel like a hypochondriac and feel like everyone looks at me that way. I am not though.....this itching is real........and makes me crazy on occasion too. I cry, I get mad, I have even gotten to the point where I am questioning God now because there is no way "he" could or would make someone suffer like this for so long in such a cruel way. I just want to feel normal again. Be able to go away without having to sneak an itch or worry about how bad my itching is that day. This is insane beyond anything I have ever known. I have spent thousands of dollars for this test or that test. I am broke and I dopn't have a hope in the world anymore when it comes to this. The topicaine, lotion and deoderant make it bearable for a couple of hrs......but it is still a lioving hell. If anyone knows of a good doctor in PA that has been able to help with this....please let me know. I am changing doctors this week. I am going to see an internist. I thought it was worth a shot since my family dr. can't seem to figure it out. I have read about the Progesterone cream. I have seen on the packages that it comes with a warning much like cigarettes though. It says it is known to cause cancer. I also read somewhere that it is suppossed to be used in conjunction with another hormone cream to balance it. Has anyone else ever heard anything like this or know what I'm talking about? I am glad I found this site. It lets me know that I am not alone. I wish there was someone who specializes in this. I have even done a search for "The real Dr. House" who is in NYC. Financial constraints do not allow me to go see him though. He does not take my insurance so everything has to be paid for out of pocket. I love all the posts here..... I hope we all find "our cure"......and if we don't, maybe we can help each other by letting each other know what has worked/not worked for each other.
Thank Goodness for this site... it kept me from a trip to the ER tonight! This is only my third night of hives, but it looks like from the posts here I will have a long road ahead. It least I'm NOT crazy and NOT alone. Thanks for all the posts here. It looks like I'll be back as I start my latest battle of the perimenopausal symptoms!
I have had chronic hives for the last 6 years, and have attributed this to menopause. I have had my lips and eys swell to the point of emergency doctor visits to have steroids injected. I have scratched so bad I would bleed. I have scars on the top of my feet from scratching so bad. I have taken 6-8 Benedryl a day for 6 years. I have been to an allergist and been tested. I was just ready to take a hormone panel, when, while doing some research I came upon my answer. I started taking 3000mg of vitamin C. My hives are 98% gone. I have a few come up but they are not itchy, and I would not have found them if I wasn't looking. Two times I could feel my lip start to swell and popped a vitamin C and it never came up. The vitamin C started to work immediately-and I have been pain and itch free ever since. Good luck!!!!
Thank you for sharing this. I developed hives about 2 weeks ago. They became increasingly worst. I was given emovate then piriton neither mad any effect. I have also been given fexofenadine hydrochloride. What has just done the trick is Prednisolene 6 x5mg daily which is a steroid. It seems to have done the trick. I have used the emovate, eurax to stop itching and bathe with Zero AQS. Now I have read your post I will start to take Vitamin C. Thank you for your post.
Prednisone, aka Prednisolone, is terrible for your body. I know that it clears up the hives by reducing inflammation in your body, but your doctor will taper you off of it b/c of the side effects that you can't see or feel, and the hives will return as you taper. One of the things that Prednisone does is stop your natural cortisol production, and that is why the taper is necessary so you won't have an adrenal collapse. I have been through that, and it is horrible.
I highly recommend that you find a doctor who prescribes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The estrogen cream, made from soybeans and yams, is what will most likely clear up your problem. Google Wiley Protocol to find doctors in your area.
There is also an injection called Xolair, which was just approved by the FDA for chronic idiopathic (no known cause) urticaria (hives). (Google Xolair and hives) If you see an allergist, check with him about the injection. If I understand my doctor correctly, the injection (once per month) stops the IEG antibody from attaching to the mast cell, which is what happens when you get hives. My insurance has approved me for the injection, however I haven't had the first one yet. BHRT estrogen cream controls my hives, however I have to apply it 5 times during a 24-hour period plus take a large amount of antihistamines. The Xolair injection is supposed to allow me to taper off the antihistamines, so I'll have to report the outcome of that later.
Good luck with getting rid of your hives. I have had them for 18 years, and I know the pain and discomfort you are going through. Take care.
OMG. I have all of the same symtoms since premenopause. I'm 49 now and have been getting the hives now for about 4 years. I get really bad hives, welts all over my body. I can no longer take Ibuprophen. Now I took some Aleve and had a sever reaction on my face, big welts and swollen. I keep talking to my friends and I tell them that I noticed the hives when I started going thru premenopause. There has to be some kind of chemical imbalance. THis is just not normal. Also, I get my hives from the sun and when I get hot, or a rise in my body temperature. I saw an allergist for 8 months and they have no ideas. After 8 months I kept telling him it seems like I get the hives when I get hot. Finally he said one day "oh yeah there is actually a name for this, Cholinergic urticaria" I can't help to believe that it has something to do with menopause. Maybe a hormone imbalance, makes sense. Based on my reasearch of the Cholinergic urticaria they say you could have them for 3-30 years. One day they will just miraculously go away the same way they appear.
The hives absolutely are related to menopause. I am a pediatrician and same exact thing happened to me. I asked one of my allergy colleagues - a very smart guy and he said, yes - mine was weird - I itched and itched and got hives if I took any antidepressant (great!).
I began to realize that since I took these meds without trouble for so long it might be related to menopause because it occurred when my period stopped for good. This lovely allergist confirmed it and starting a low dose pill reversed it all (I also had 24/7 headaches, extreme moodiness, painful skin - I am only 48 and when I turn 50 I will need to find another solution. I hate taking the hormones but it is such a definitive fix that when I stop every 3 months to have a little "period" the week off the piulls I have to brace myself for absolute hell - I become an itchy, headachey, weepy pudddle. Even knowing what it is, it is very disruptive.
Good luck! It is amazing what doctors dont know -and I am one of them!
But the right MD will listen, help and believe you.
So glad to read your post. I have angioedema which began in May 2011. Since then I have not had a period and the angioedema is getting nothing but worse. Had to go to ER a couple weeks ago as the side of my bottom lip got so big it looked like it was going to split. Shots of steroid and benadryl, did go down, but slower than usual. If you get this post scan upwards from your post and you will see the longer version of this story. I feel better seeing all of these posts, docs have me thinking I have some horrid disease like lupus. They are running a bunch of tests, thyroid, CBC, IGE, Estrace, etc. I am not bothered by much itching, just afraid my throat could shut, as they said I had to get an epi-pen, to be safe. They want me to take singulair, daily anithistamines which make me tired even the non-drowsy formulas, benadryl actually doesn't seem to make me as tired as claritin. Can the estrogen dominant thing really cause all of this chaos. I swear I have had the worst night sweats of any of my friends. It has been 7 years of waking up sometimes every hour, on good nights I only wake up 3 or 4 times in a pool of sweat. Sweat is mainly on my chest and neck, gross. Since you are a doctor, and the person who posted most recently I thought you might be able to shed some more light on all of this. Thank you. Smitty
For those of you who need help (and haven't pursued it yet), I hope this helps as a starting point:
1. Go to your family doctor and get a CBC blood panel done and get your Thyroid checked. This will tell you if you have a thyroid problem that could be causing your hives, and if you have any other basic conditions to address that could be contributing to your health symptoms. (I had a vitamin d insuffuciency that I have since corrected...not related to hives, but I feel much better.) Some people's hives clear up once they get on appropriate medication for their thyroid. Get a copy of all lab results and doctor visit notes so that you can show them to any doctors from here on out.
2. Go to your allergist to get more indepth blood testing. This will tell you if you have any autoimmune conditions causing your hives, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. She will also be able to tell you if it's chronic hives or an allergic reation to something. (Although if it is more than 6 weeks, it is considered chronic and unlikely to be a food allergy for example.)
3. Take Zyrtec and Zantac (yes, Zantac) for symptom control. Zyrtec and Zantac work together to address two different types of histamines. Ask your doctor for dosage. You can buy generics of both products at Target for about half the price of the brand-names Zyrtec and Zantac.
4. Consider topical creams/sprays for symptom relief. There are lots of good creams out there. Benadryl has a spray topical analgesic that also helps numb itchy areas. I found that a progesterone cream helped me enormously...Emerita at Whole Foods...about $20 or so. (Might only apply to pre-menopausal or menopausal women.) My symptoms are a fraction of what they used to be and I am wondering if maybe the hives are going away! Time will tell...
5. Keep a food journal. Increases in symptoms often results from food. For example, I KNOW I will itch if I drink wine or have chocolate (like brownies). Limit the number/amount of trigger foods in your diet.
6. Practice a soothing exercise like yoga, or meditate, or maybe speak to someone if you think your hives are stress-related. This will help you reduce your stress level, and maybe even the severity or duration of the hives. Try to be at peace with the hives...don't let them rule you...do some meditation and invite them to leave. (Hasn't worked for me yet, but I do think it helps me relax)
7. Go to your gyno and get a hormone panel done. This will tell you how close you are to menopause and what options are available to you from a hormone replacement standpoint. (Which is not traditionally a treatment for hives...you may need an open-minded doctor for this)
8. Read the internet boards like this one and keep looking for answers. If it weren't for this board, I wouldn't have found the progesterone cream that has helped so much. Be your own advocate and keep trying to find answers. Don't let any one tell you that it is chronic and hopeless. You never know when you will discover something on your own that helps or cures you. If I had listened to my doctor to "give up" I wouldn't have found this board.
9. Any other ideas? This is as far as I've gotten with my treatment. Have any of you taken other exploratory steps that yield good information? If so, I would be interested to know!
Oh I so hope you get my response...
At the age of 44, I got hives (big welty ones all over) at work one day. I continued to have moderate patches of tiny very itchy hives EVERY DAY for the next 2.5 years. Twice I had a full-blown case of all over hives that required IV meds at the ED but otherwise I used daily Clarinex and a nighttime dose of xyzal to keep the hives bearable. (Clarinex was $100/month and was the only thing I could take and function on.) I went to my family doc, the allergist, the dermatologist, and the endocrinologist. No one had an answer of any kind. I asked the pediatricians at the hospital where I work. I joined an online support group and followed every lead they had: I was tested for h. pylori, low vitamin-b, had a complete thyroid workup and even had 3 root canals redone because others had found relief that way.
I have not had hives for 11 days now... 11 days ago I had a hysterectomy (uterus only)...I came online to see if I could find any correlation and found your question. Today was the first day I was brave enough to skip a dose of Clarinex and 12 hours later...still no hives!!!!!!! I was not yet in perimenopause but my uterus was full of benign fibroids and was very heavy. I just can't imagine that there's not a connection...Hope you are hiveless now
I am curious to know what made your decision to get the hysterectomy?? I too have had (and still do if I get worked up) hives for the better part of 3years. I am 48 years old and have been experiencing the perimenopause and menopausal like symptoms along with my hives for a couple of years as well. Some months they are bearable and other months it is downright horrible. Panic attacks that send me to the ER, depression, insomnia, bloating and now the newest side effect that the DR found at my most recent exam--4 TENNIS BALL SIZED FIBROIDS on my uterus. No wonder I could not wear many of my fall and winter pants. I thought I was going crazy. The Dr put me back on b/c pills to see if they would even out the hormones a bit. This is only the beginning of the second pack of pills, but I do seem to feel a "tad" bit better. The Dr. did not really want to do surgey for the fibroids (said they would go away after monopause), but do I have to feel this way for the next 5 plus years?? I have also, been following Suzanne Somers and her ideasand beliefs about the bio-identical hormone replacemet, but I do not think there is a DR. in my area (kansas city) that practices these beliefs. I was just curious to see how you came to your decision and actually thrilled to meet someone with all the same stuff going on with their body as me. Take care and thanks for reading.!!!
Hi! I had increasingly heavy periods with huge clots. Cramps were horrible. My doctor recommended an ablation (Novasure) which I had 3 years ago. Most women do not have another period after ablation but I did! They were definitely lighter but still crampy. At this year's annual, I told her that my periods were worsening and she quickly replied "let's get rid of it!". I thought about it for about a month and looked into what she was recommending: a Laproscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy. She would take the uterus and leave my cervix, ovaries and tubes (if they all looked good). I can't even believe how well I did. I went into O/R at 1:00pm and was home at 6:00pm feeling great. I had terrible referred pain to my neck and shoulders for a few days from the gas they pump you full of but my surgical site was never worse than mild cramps. Also, despite not walking the dog for a week and half and not following my usual low-carb diet, I've lost a few pounds! That sucker must have been huge!
I am hoping and praying that this ends the hives. Best Wishes to you...
Thanks for responding!! I will keep this info in my file. I really have no idea what to do, so I will just keep hanging on a few more months and see how things go!! I hope that this will turn out to be one of the best things you ever do!! Good luck and thanks again!! Take Care
I am SO glad I found this site. I am 41 years old and have NEVER had a problem with allergies or hives until 7 weeks ago while working out. They only appeared after working out, but have since appeared all the time. It is driving me CRAZY! I went to my dermatologist who told me to take 1 Claritin in the morning and prescribed me a cream and a prescription (pill) to help me sleep at night. I'm not one that likes to take pills without getting to the root of the problem. I have an appt this Thurs. with an allergy specialist and will definately request a hormone panel be completed. I had a hysterectomy (I kept my ovaries) 5 years ago and after reading all your posts, I think hormones may be the cause of the hives. Thank you for all your posts!!
I was suffering from the same stuff and I broke out from almost everything. My doctor kept saying it was something I was eating, so I practically stopped eating everthing and still broke out in hives. It always started in the inside of my hands and the bottom of my feet and when I scratched my hands and feet they would swell and sometimes I could not walk on them. This problem lasted for about 2 years. It has been 3 months now and I haven't had an episode. I found out that it was the hormone pills (premarin)that I was taking cause the hives. I feel so much better and I just deal with my hot flashes without taking anything.
Hi , I just saw Bio Identical Hormone dude last night e.g says the chemical overload sits within fat cells etc, I have had chronic hives for 10 years and yes they are worse at hormone time. I am having blood and saliva test on day 22 of next cycle and will update the site once I have more news.
I now get the welts daily and the zyrtec helps with the itching and scratching but the next day it brings the welts to the surface...looks shocking.
I have been to the imunoligist, endocrinoligist you name it with no sucess it seems worse than ever now. I tried the food thing etc etc no luck. I will keep you posted Cheers Gail from oZ....
I found this site and am amazed at all the women who have the same problems I have had. I started hives young when I was 12 years old at the start of puberty. My lips would swell, my eyes swell shut, I felt tortured everynight and in the morning I would take a Benadryl to ease the pain and itching. This lasted for 12 years! I basically slept through High School from the medication. It would go away when I was pregnant and return after I delivered, then after my 4th baby it never came back until now. I am turning 50 next month and a month ago started with hot flashes. My periods have been scattered and now gone for about 3 months. The horrible hives have also returned. Last night my eyes swelled shut and lips look like I had major botox! This site has been an answer to my prayers. I always thought it was hormones, but the doctors could never tell me for sure. I had major allergy testing done when I was young and results were I was allergic to a million things, most grass, trees, etc, and foods too. So I figured I would just live with it. I am excited to hear about bioidentical hormone therapy and Progesterone cream. I wondered if anyone knows any doctors in Utah, around the Salt Lake City or Ogden area that specializes in hormone therapy?
Hello all! I am new to this site and also have chronic hives. I am in early menopause, as diagnosed by my doctor 2 years ago (I am 40 now and have been experiencing irregular periods and hot flashes). I had the hives after my second child for 6 months and took Zyrtec that time, and this time, I went to an allergist before I considered hormones, and he put me on 2 allegra, 2 zantac and a zyrtec - so much medication! I weaned off most of it but kept the zyrtec for the past day and I'll take it for one more day and then drop it. I considered it was a hormone issue when I started getting hot flashes again this week. I wanted to see if anyone else has also experienced a sudden onset of food intolerances? I was tested by an allergist, a gastroenterologist and a naturopath and my list includes sesame, dairy, egg, and gluten. It sucks to eat now and I just want to fix it so I can add those foods back in. I am hoping when I am done with menopause, my body will readjust, but now I am thinking that the bio identical hormones may do the trick. Any insights from anyone else would be helpful. Thanks!
Reading the posts in this forum has saved my life. That is a little strong and perhaps exaggerated.. but considering the alternatives I was faced with, I will stick with that opening statement.
My story.. I am a 52 year old woman who started with the irregular periods about 4 to 5 years ago, my biggest problem was with spotting in between periods .. To remedy this I took small amounts of testosterone off and on for about one year. By small amounts I mean the equivalent of 1/4 of the dose that would be given to a person, male or female that was determined to be deficient in this hormone. That eliminated the spotting and I had no other problems with the progression of menopause until now. I did experience a few hot flashes and I considered HRT but thus far had decided against that since estrogen is not really good for you.
About three months ago I started a small itchy rash on my upper right leg that I put hydrocortisone cream on and it never really went away. It started getting worse and got larger and eventually broke out on my left thigh. After two months the rash, which I started calling hives since thats what it resembled now flared up and my hands developed little blisters around my fingernails and these itched intensly while the leg patches turned redder and itched terribly. I went to the er and the doctor I saw said that hives didn't usually last this long and he treated me for hives with prednisone, a four day regimen, which I did not think was long enough, and he also gave me a prescription for a fungal cream which I did not fill because I did not believe that I had a fungal infection. The prednisone worked to ease the breakout and ease the itching but the rash never really went away and my legs retained the reddish raised scaly patches that itched off and on for the next two weeks. Exactly two weeks after my first trip to the er I started itching and breaking out in hives that ran into each other until both of my legs were totally inflamed from my knees up to my stomach and on the right side the rash continued up to my breast. Within two hours this entire reaction occurred. My fingers were also inflamed again. They had completely peeled since the last episode.
Now both of the doctors that I saw, from two different ER's upon asking them both if this could be from menopause, some kind of hormone imbalance because I could not think of anything that I could be allergic to or that I had done or eaten differently, and both had answered that it was not hormone or menopause related and was some type of allergic reaction. So the treatment was again corticosteroids and the second doctor added taking zytran (I think I spelled that incorrectly) but it is an antihistamine and also pepcid which is also a histamine blocker that blocks the action of histamine in the production of stomache acid. This made sense and I asked for a shot which he gave me because I was itching so bad and this time I had little blisters all over my legs as well.
This second trip to the ER was scary because I knew that the underlying cause of the hives had not been resolved and as soon as the steroids and histamine blockers wore off I would just pick up where I had left off and I couldn't see how I would be able to make it through this event another time if it kept progressing.
Thats when I googled the words menopause and hives and came to this forum about three days ago. The common factor that I saw that was working for many women here was progesterone. I thought that could be possible. The fact that it worked for so many people was encouraging. Progesterone is no longer a controlled substance in creams anyway so I bought some yesterday afternoon at the GNC and started using it immediately. Walmart also carries this cream and it's about 12 to 15 dollars for a two ounce jar which contains about 500mg of progesterone per ounce. The usual dose is about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp once or twice a day or approximately 10mg/ day, so a jar should last about a month. I applied it directly to my rashy and itchy legs and many areas quit itching within minutes. Now my itching wasn't intense as I was still on day two of the prednisone pack in addition to pepcid and the other antihistamine.. but as of last night I have discontinued all other pills and my rash has completely disappeared except for the numerous patches of blistered and broken blood vessel areas and scabs that I hadn't even realized the severity of until the redness and raised areas of my skin had returned to normal. My skin was always soft and smooth until just a few months ago and even when the hives had almost gone away before episode two, my skin was still scaly and raised and I had started thinking that this was just part of aging.
In addition I am going to take a supplement of DHEA and some B12 since I was low on these things when I had a physical back in December. I don't currently have insurance or a job so I do not have the luxury of performing blood tests and it was not typical for me to go to the ER either but I was too miserable.
I am really dumbfounded at these doctors reactions to my questions and at how they misdiagnosed me so easily without even questioning themselves. So I intend to write them both to let them know what actually has worked for me. I think with more women not jumping into HRT because of the risks of cancer etc that I surely won't be the only woman that they see under a similar circumstance.
Anyway I really feel for anyone that had to go through this for any amount of time and especially some of you that endured this condition for years. So even though it's only been one day since I started this therapy It certainly has worked thus far and I am certain that I am on the right track. Thanks to you women here I have my energy back, my skin is going to be normal again and I feel better than I have in probably two years. I am sure that I was deficient for quite awhile and by the time I started breaking out in hives I was probably completely deficient in progesterone. If you think about the probable outcome of a condition such as I am describing accompanied by corticosteroids which weaken the immune system considerably, it sounds to me like a perfect environment for cancer cells to begin developing. I am not trying to scare anyone, but that is reality.
So I hope this helps anyone who is having a similar issue.. if it sounds like it could work for you please give it a shot.
I just turned 54 and have been suffering from chronic urticaria for 16 years. I have had to take 6 different antihistamines since 2003 when my condition became chronic (used to take just 1 - 60mg Allegra.) The hives started about 2 yrs after I had twins at age 37. I have just found the answer to my problem, so I hope you are able to see this post!
I have never experienced any menopausal symptoms, however my urticaria flared terribly in Jan 2011 and every month thereafter until May 2011. Even the 6 antihistamines could not control it enough so I lost many nights of sleep and would have to trudge to work the next morning. I have 5 doctors, including an allergist and dermatologist, who were of no help at all except to write scrips for antihistamines.
A friend of mine referred me to Dr. James Nagel in Chico, CA and I attended an open house to get more info. Dr. Nagel specializes in bioidentical hormone treatment as hormone replacement therapy. Prior to finding him, my gyne told me to just wait until I stopped having periods and my cycle shut down, and all of my problems would be over. That was exactly the opposite of what I needed to do, so she is no longer one of my docs. About 1 month ago Dr. Nagel put me on estrogen/progesterone in cream form. If you want to read about his methods, you might want to check out Sex, Lies & Menopause at your local library. T.S Wiley is the author, and Wiley Protocol is what my doctor subscribes to. I had never stopped having regular periods, so I have been saved from menopause, which is a fairly new phenomenon (200 yrs ago a woman was lucky if she lived to be 40.) Just one week ago, I could tell that something had changed with my urticaria. I usually have to wake up every 3 hours in the middle of the night to take 2 hydroxizine. First, I noticed that I wasn't waking up, and then I noticed that I was not having any flare-ups.
Now I can tell that my chronic urticaria is going away. Dr. Nagel explained it like this: In my late 30's I began to naturally decline in estrogen. An autoimmune condition was created by the change in hormonal production. In 2003 my gyne put me on Lutera, a generic form of Allese, which is chemical birth control. My urticaria went through the roof, it was all over me! That's how I came to be taking 6 antihis. I am slowly weaning off the antihistamines, with no outbreaks! I would suggest you find a doc in your area who specializes in bioidentical hormones (you rub the cream in at your inner thigh.) This is a miracle for me, so I hope this will help you.
Fast forward to 9/19/12. I am now age 55, and after being on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for one year and 4 months, I feel I need to post an update. It takes a while to build back estrogen receptors in the blood, so I had several more occurrences of hives, although not nearly as bad. To make a long story short, my hives are a direct result of not having estrogen. When my estrogen levels get too low (under 400) I start itching. The itching is my body crying for more estradiol, so I am now on about 50-60 mg per day. (This is the natural stuff made from soybeans & yams, not the chemical birth control pills that cause so many problems.)
My body calls for more every 2 hours, so at bedtime I take antihistamines to ensure a good night's sleep. A wonderful sleep remedy that my doctor told me about is magnesium (500mg at bedtime.) I use Xymogen Opti-mag 125, it puts me to sleep naturally, and I sleep all night!
Because I apply so much estradiol, my fibroids began to cause intense pelvic pressure, so I elected to have a supracervical laporoscopic hysterectomy & oophrectomy (removal of ovaries & tubes) which has been wonderful. I no longer have to pee every half hour and with my ability to use a lot more estradiol, I have the hives completely under control.
As part of the Wiley Protocol BHRT, I am also applying Progesterone during days 14-28 of what was my former menstrual cycle and also Testosterone at a low dose. The dosages of these 3 hormones are designed to mimic nature, so they differ daily. It feels so amazing to be hive-free that I don't mind applying the hormones at all. They have saved me from a life of misery and I feel like a young woman again.
One of the magical benefits of BHRT is that the libido returns (what's that?) I know that I had forgotten. My husband and I thought that part of my life was over, but I guarantee you it returns and no more dry skin!
None of you are crazy, this is a very real condition. I realize that we are all different, but I know that I had every test under the sun and I was not allergic to anything, didn't have h-pylori or hashimoto's and also did not have autoimmune progesterone dermatitis (allergy to progesterone, of which there are only 50 documented cases worldwide.) One of my doctors thought she had come up with my disease, however she was absolutely mistaken.
I suggest going to the Wiley Protocol website (wileyprotocol.com) and find a doctor who prescribes this treatment. Good luck ladies!
Another update at 4/17/13: My doctor has taken me off Wiley Protocol and I'm now applying twice the amount of estrogen that I was before with the doctor's own recipe for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The pharmacy is producing it with 1/2 the amount of cream, which is the most expensive component. In February 2013 I came down with shingles and knew immediately what it was. As you all know, hives do not hurt, but do itch and burn, so I knew the pain meant shingles. You have to go to the doctor within 72 hours, or the shingles will get out of hand. My doctor was out of town so I went (withing 12 hours) to Prompt Care and they put me on Valtrex for one week, which completely wiped out my estrogen. Of course, without delay, I broke out in hives all over my hips, thighs and arms. After having been relieved of hives for so long, I was in complete shock. I had to apply estrogen every 2 hours round the clock, in fact I used so much I got morning sickness! That eventually worked, took about 3 weeks, and the hives finally retreated. I waited one month and the hives started coming back, so my doctor put me on Cortef (oral hydrocortisone) to balance my cortisol levels. That did the trick. I am now hive free again. According to my doctor, I am the only person he treats with menopause-related urticaria (hives) and there are about 100,000 people living in my area. But now I know that I'm not alone.
Another update. The Cortef also blocked my estrogen absorption. I missed one dose and noticed the next morning that when I applied the BHRT estrogen cream, the hives started going away. So I stopped the Cortef altogether and it took about one week for the hives to be suppressed. The only thing that works for me is the estrogen, and without it, I would be covered with hives 24-7. Some meds will block the estrogen absorption, so I'm going to be very careful about what I take from now on. I do still take antihistamines b/c they help, and I know that this disease is probably not going to be cured. I've had the autoimmunity since my late 30's and I'm almost 56, so it's a matter of suppression. I'm very sorry that there are so many ladies on this blog who are experiencing this awful disease. I don't know anyone else who has it in my city, and my doctor tells me I'm his only patient who has it. This blog has helped b/c I know I'm not alone.
I'm 47 and have been dealing with hives (welts, facial swelling...) for 3 years. No help from allergists or hypnosis. Normal thyroid panel.
The hives are worse around my period and are worsened by stress. If I am prone, and accidentally bite my lip, then my lip swells up. So stress or trauma seems to make it worse when I am at a high risk time (monthly period).
I just started using Progesta-care cream three weeks ago ($20 Swanson Vitamins online). I just got my period and it's the first one I've had in years where I have no hives.
Maybe this is a coincidence, but I know if you have this problem you need relief. I really think this is helping me, and wanted to share. If you are pre-menopausal and have hives, try this and see if it helps you too.
I heard about this solution from other women in the same situation who posted on the internet, so I am sharing my experience with you.
Good luck. I know you are miserable! If you are female and have hives around your monthly cycle, look to hormonal imbalance issues.
For temporary relief of itching from welts, my allergist recommend Alpha Keri bath oil. This is also available in a generic form from Walgreens (Blue bottle in the bath section $5.99...bath and shower oil). Soak in a tub with a few capfuls of this and the itching will subside. You will still have welts, but they won't itch and you will be able to sleep.
Thanks for all your great posts. They have been so helpful! I tried the Emertia cream from Whole Foods as someone suggested and it has ENORMOUSLy relieved my symptoms. Still have hives, but not nearly as uncomfortable. I actually think they may be going away, which would be very cool!
1. Go to your family doctor and get a CBC blood panel done and get your Thyroid checked. This will tell you if you have a thyroid problem that could be causing your hives, and if you have any other basic conditions to address that could be contributing to your health symptoms. (I had a vitamin d insuffuciency that I have since corrected and feel much better.) Some people have hives that cure when they go on meds for their thyroid.
2. Go to your allergist to get more indepth blood testing. This will tell you if you have any autoimmune conditions causing your hives, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. She will also be able to tell you if it's chronic hives or an allergic reation to something. (Although if it is more than 6 weeks, it is considered chronic and unlikely to be a food allergy.)
3. Go to your gyno and get a hormone panel done. This will tell you how close you are to menopause and what options are available to you from a hormone replacement standpoint.
4. Any other ideas? This is as far as I've gotten with treatment. Have any of you taken other exploratory steps that yield good information? If so, I would be interested to know!
I went through the same thing. Menopause symptoms, etc... and hives. I had never had a hive in my life. Had all the allergy testing and saw a dermatologist who told me to go see a therapist for stress. So I went to a homeopathist and she told me to take an natural estrogen cream called Estrole-Care. Within 3 days of using it 2x daily, my hives were gone. I am back to using scented soaps, detergents, etc... and drinking beer :) Have not had another hive or itching. I use it once a day now and stop if I have a period. Check it out and hope this helps. The doctors make you feel like you're crazy I know.
Thank you ladies - I feel so much better now knowing I am not alone!! I was wondering if it was hormone related and it seems it probably is. I have an appointment with the endocrinology department in the near future so can take this evident with me as well. Blood tests so far have shown no sign of menopause but physical symptoms (and extremely irregular periods) are telling my otherwise!
I hope you find some relief from the endocronologist~I have been seeing one for about a year and they do not think much is out of "wack"either. My thyroid is a bit elevated we are watching it. My gyno. says the same thing as your Dr, that all my blood work is within the normal ranges. I have had to drawn my own conclusions and tell myself that all my bizarre things that are happening are all hormonal. I would have to be committed to the looney bin if not!! Hives, anxiety, heart palpatations, racing heart beat, itching, skipped periods, acne, constipation, fibroids, weight gain the list goes on and on. I feel as though I am in "reverse puberty". Again I hope you get some relief from new Dr. I am trying to find someone in my area that will help me with the hormeone repacement creams and such. I just do not know where to start and what may be right for me, or what I might need!! Good luck and let us know.
I am so glad I found this site. I have also been experiencing heart palpitations and have passed out as well. I am hoping this is connected to this whole menopause thing as well. Am getting checked out by a cardiologist. I had luck with the hormone replacement cream Estriole-Care for hives but nothing has helped the heart palpitations yet. However, I am still in testing to rule out a physical event with my heart. Thanks for sharing!