i'm new to the site but not to angioedema. i haven't been to the doctor yet because everything i've read online sounds like they have a lot of trouble identifying/diagnosing the problem. i've been experiencing a swollen foot for the last 4 years. very infrequently at 1st, maybe once every 6 months. lately the problem is more frequent. once every two weeks. mine tend to be gone the following day and aren't that painful, just a pain in the rump.
i ususally wake up with a tingling sensation somwhere on my foot that itches a little. if i scratch it, it turns pretty quickly into what looks like a rubber glove that someone blew up and tied off. not super painful but difficult to walk. lately though, it happens in my hands, arms, genital area, and on my tongue, although mostly the feet. once again, it is ususally gone by the beginning of the next day.
i have had hives before but this is different. it doesn't move around and isn't that visible except for fat, swollen, tight skin. there's a lot of fluid in there, whether it be histamine, bradykinin, or who knows what. antihistamines don't do anything for me...well, at least benadryl, or claritin.
i have been thinking milk products were the culprit. i cut out a lot of them but i have trouble staying away from mexican food...cheese...sour cream.
another thing, dermatographia seems to be connected somehow. for those that don't know, this is where your skin has a hyper reaction to pressure. it literally means "to write on the skin". so you could take a pencil and write you name on someone's back and shortly after their skin would welt up to show the your handwriting. mine's not quite this bad but my skin tends to swell excessively sometimes. once i was hit in the forehead with a ping pong ball and had a swollen red mark for a couple of hours. anyway, most of the time mild pressure from different things causes my initial angioedema itch, or swelling. something like resting my foot on the hard edge of an object for ten minutes.
incidentally, i had a molar (my bottom, back-left tooth) removed recently and i'm going through the process of a dental implant right now. the tooth which was in front of that molar is now the back tooth, down bottom, and has a sharp, pointy edge to it. on 2 occassions now i've woke up with that edge of my tongue swollen due to it rubbing on the sharp edged tooth overnight. it seems to get worse until about noon and then dies down. anyway, i'll get the new tooth in there in about a month so i'm not too worried about anaphylactic shock just yet.
recently i had a new issue though...a rash on my calves that wouldn't quit unless a i quit wearing my tall work boots. it has quit to the point where it isn't a problem but i can still see it lying dormant under the skin. well, now i have it on my neck, under my chin, where i shave on a regular basis. i thought it might be eczema, which i've never had, but now i'm considering that it could be DH.
oh well, the only other things i can offer are that i'm generally pretty healthy and happy. i probably drink a little too much beer as of late and i didn't used to. maybe this could dehydrate me some considering that i don't drink enough water and i drink too much coffee and coke.
thanks for listening - Will
WillyBMember Since 12 May 2008
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