Unexplained itching/hives for years...still can't figure out the cause
Long story, but I'll try to keep it short. A few years ago, I started getting these terrible fits of itching. No rash, no visible indicators other than hives after I started scratching.
I can, lightly, draw something on my skin and it would raise up. I suppose it's some sort of inflammation issue.
Anyway, I've gone to several doctors and had many tests done. Here are the things that have been "ruled out".
- I've had allergy testing (food & environmental) and everything seems clear there.
- I've had vital organs tested and everything checks out okay there. Liver, kidneys, everything digestive, etc.
- I've tried going on gluten free (celiac) diets. No change. Also, ended up going for formal testing for celiac and the tests came back negative.
- I've tried quitting smoking (thinking it might be a tobacco allergy). No change.
- I changed all of my products to "organic" products to see if it was a chemical that might be causing the issue. Everything from deodorant, soap, hair products, detergents, etc. No change.
- I do have white matter lesions in my brain, which triggered testing for MS. Three doctors have ruled that out. They have determined the lesions were caused by having migraines since the age of 12.
The only thing that seemed to help was going on a ketogenic (very low carb) diet. I don't know what might have been the factor that eased the issue though. Cutting out carbs would/could have ruled out many different things. Possibly a specific allergy. Something in beer? Something in bread, wheat, pasta, rice, starches, sugars, etc? I have no idea.
I wasn't feeling well on the diet, so I started eating normally again, and I now have the symptoms coming back in full force. Just curious if anyone has been down this road and has been able to pinpoint the problem. Considering my food allergy testing all came back okay, no issues with celiac, etc. I wonder if there was something that was missed.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated. It's driving me crazy. It's extremely uncomfortable and is affecting my work, daily life, etc.
Last edited by Administrator; 11-10-2012 at 01:25 AM.