I am hoping to get some answers to what may going on with me.
Two days ago I noticed a few welts on the side of my chest, nothing alarming.
Later in the afternoon my lower lip started swelling up enough that my hubby and daughter noticed it.
I figured it was probably some type of allergic reaction so I took two benadryl and within 20 minutes the swelling went away.
Yesterday the few welts were down but in the afternoon my upper lip swelled up much worse than the lower one did the previous day and I had more welts than before along my bra line but not alot but enough to notice the itching and discomfort.
The lip really was bad to the point that it went up to my nose and really freaked me and the family out.
So I popped two Benadryl again and called my GP knowing that this was only going to get worse.
Saw GP who wanted me to stop all my maintenance meds I take for a chronic back disability (Piroxicam, Skelaxin and Hydrocodon)
I've been on these meds for 15-20 years but from what GP tells me you can develop an allergy at anytime despite how many years you've been on them.
I've been on the Skelaxin for 3 weeks (it's a med I've been on for many years but take when my back goes out requiring a muscle relaxant which is usually 2-3 times a year) and had weaned myself off of it two days prior to the rash and swelling of lips started. And the last dose of Hydrocodone I took was over a week before that. I take the Piroxicam daily and was still on that when the rash and swelling started.
Only thing that was new recently is a tooth whitening system that I got from my dentist....I've used the product before doing the upper teeth a few months ago and was starting on the lower but stopped due to some sensitivity but that was about a week ago.
GP wanted to start me on Prednisone, I filled the script and saw the precautions and was quite concerned about the warnings especially in terms of those with high blood pressure, history of diverticulitis etc. both of which I do have.
Also, my maternal grandmother had manic depression and my youngest daughter had a med induced mania/Bipolar with an antidepressant so that also had me quite nervous about starting on a steroid.
I called my GP back this morning and asked if there was another alternative and although he wasn't happy about it he told me I could try taking Allegra 180mgs a day and Benadryl as needed with me promising if things got bad again to start the Prednisone.
So far so good and no swelling today.
I have an appointment with an Allergist on Friday and am trying to keep myself from anything that may be the culprit until then.
I just was wondering what to expect from the Allergist??? And what I can do that I am not already doing until then.
This is my first day without my antiinflammtory (piroxicam) and my back is having a tough time of it.
I am wondering if I can at least take Motrin until I see the allergist since I usually don't take that and if it gets bad take some of my Hydrocodon.
Thanks for listening.....this has been rather scary because my fear is that if I don't figure this out that my throat may close up because each time I have a reaction it gets worse.
Any advice would be so appreciated.