Originally Posted by uz2bface
Just an update. I got approved for disability retirment by my employer so ssd may be just over the horizon. Keep the fingers crossed since the more ssd recognizes the hives as disabling the more who will be approved.
Why don't you talk to your doctor about Paxil, Effexor, Celexa or another such similar medication? These medications aren't just for depression (Zyban is given as a stop smoking aid). I have "Dermatographism" and it was debilitating at times. I suffered for 9 years or more with chronic itch and living on Benadryl and then sleeping because the Benadryl zonked me out.
My doctor started me on Celexa on Friday and I noticed over the weekend that I no longer have hives. And that when I do scratch, the itch goes away instead of being replaced by more itch and hive/welts.
Perhaps your hives are a result of a nervous disorder and can be remedied with a medication that affects the chemicals in the brain. I've also noticed that since October I've had chronically weepy and itchy ears. I've woken up everyday since then with water logged ears and crunching sounds from gunk puddled near my ear drum. Today I woke up without that. So it seems that that too was a manifestation of my nerves/anxiety.
Is there something in your life that is causing you anxiety other than your hives? How do you feel about your job? Do you want to work or would you rather sit at home collecting disability? Is your life going as planned? Answering these questions may help you figure out if what you have is actually a real physical ailment, or something that is manifesting itself as a symptom of something else.