The Adventures of Hives and Prednisone

For the last few months, I’ve been feeling much better. My sleep patterns are more consistent and my energy levels are through the roof.

But every once in a while something will hit me and send a reminder through my body that I’m human and have a chronic disease. Most recently it was the mysterious hives which appeared over night on my arms and legs causing me to ferociously itch my body. Imagine the paranoia going on in my mind!

Dermatitis Herpetiformis?

Bed Bugs?

Poison Ivy?

Carpet Beetles?

What the heck were these things?? Nothing was working to curb the itching, stinging or them from forming again. They were localized to my ankles/calves and wrist/forearms. I searched in the internet for pictures of different bites and things but nothing seemed to resemble what I experienced. They were much worse than what I captured in this picture.

The mysterious hives
The mysterious hives

I’ve never suffered from poison ivy or any other skin problems like this so I didn’t know what to do or how to narrow it down.

My instant fear of having bed bugs flipped me into over drive. I went through our entire bedroom scouring the carpet, mattress and more for bugs. I even ripped the box spring open to see if they were clustered in the corners like I read online! Bed bugs were not something I wanted to deal with right now.

Then I thought, fleas? But I didn’t see anything resembling that on either of our dogs and my husband didn’t have one mark on him. I made an appointment with the dermatologist and was fortunate they were able to fit me in right away. He determined it was a contact dermatitis from something in our garage or the park where I take our dog swimming and gave me prednisone to take. Within a couple of days they were healing and now a week later, they are almost gone.

The prednisone made me so HUNGRY! One night we went to dinner and I ended up eating 2 dinners. I forced myself to eat as many salads and protein as I could consume to prevent me from over eating on bad foods. I’ve never felt such a tremendous need to eat in my life. I ate a whole meal and then felt compelled to eat more because I didn’t feel full. I advise anyone who is taking prednisone to avoid eating sugar filled processed foods because there is a huge potential for weight gain due to the hunger issues.

I just find new things every once in a while to keep me on my toes. It’s so frustrating at times that nothing is ever wrong with my husband! Can he get a hang nail or something so I feel a little bit better about having stuff always wrong with me!?!?!

Have you ever experienced anything like this?

Do you find since you went gluten-free and were diagnosed you are prone to more things like this?