New to this group (oldtimer on DS).
On 9/16 an allergist diagnosed me with idiopathic hives caused by my RA. (Have had RA for about 40 years. I'm on Orencia and Methatrexate. Also have Sjogrens.)
I have never had hives before in my life. (I thought they were mosquito bites at first. Couldn't imagine why I was getting bitten cause it wasn't like I was taking walks in the woods.)
He put me on Zantac 2x day and Zyrtec at bedtime. I did ok for about 10 days, then started getting new hives. Called doc and he told me to add a Benadryl in the afternoon and one at night before bedtime. It makes me too sleepy though, so i am just taking the Benadryl at bedtime. (I still need to sleep 9-10+ hours!)
I have read that this - Z & Z - is a common tretament for hives. Is anyone her familiar with it?
My big question is - why didn't allergist even mention testing me to see what triggered it?
Secondary question - how long could this last and how long will I have to stay on all these meds, in addtion to my RA drugs??
I've read it could last years (chronic). ! ? ! ?
So the long trip and many many hours are airplanes with no leg room...my feet were ENORMOUS!Took 3 days and the swelling went down. But now, if I walk - as in sight-seeing - my left ankle swells again.
My vegan son is convinced that a vegan diet can cure just about anything including RA. I'm vegetarian but eat cheese and eggs. He eats ONLY fruits, vegetables, beans and grain. Nothing prepared or packaged. He also fasts. He is also very physically active - rides a bike all over, doesn't drive except on rare occasions like for my visit here to NZ. YES! I am HERE! Survived the nearly 48 hours...