Symptoms & Reactions

Autoimmune Hives — Inflamed, Grumpy, and Weary

As this month comes to a close, it’s hard to believe that I’m still dealing with these autoimmune hives. They’re affecting every part of my being–my body, my personality, my mindset. Although I’m following all the doctors’ advice, I’m not getting any relief. So, here I am at the end of another summer day feeling inflamed, grumpy, and weary….  **



One word to describe my Lupus body today:  Inflamed

Which habits and rituals did I practice to soothe my Lupus body?

  • Ate a Clean Diet
  • Breathed Fresh Air
  • Protected Delicate Skin

More details about my physical symptoms:
I woke up this morning with more red, hot, itchy hives despite increasing my Zyrtec. Hives and more hives. I’m still not sure why they’re starting up so much again. It’s been this way for over a month now, and I’m beginning to wonder if they’ll ever go away. I was fortunate to see my allergist today for yet another opinion about what’s happening. He believes that I’m having a flare up of autoimmune hives caused by the Lupus. To be sure, my allergist is sending me for a blood test for IGE antibodies. In the meantime, I have to take up to four Zyrtec per day (two in the morning and two at night). I could go back on the Singulair to see if it helps or not. If things get worse, I have to shock my system with a course of steroids—yuck!



One word to describe my Lupus mind today: Grumpy

Which habits and rituals did I practice to strengthen my Lupus mind?

  • Asked for and accepted help
  • Protected alone time
  • Connected with my doctor

More details and thoughts about how I’m feeling emotionally today:
I found myself being very short and impatient with Hubby today—from the moment I woke up. Ugh! Lack of sleep and these hives are taking atold. I hate being mean to him. All day I felt like I was in a fog and live was moving in slow motion. I couldn’t focus much and it was a struggle just to articulate myself. Where did my words go?



One word to describe my spirit today: Weary

Which habits and rituals did I practice to nurture my Lupus spirit?

  • Enjoyed sacred space
  • Meditated, prayed, visualized

Thoughts about my spiritual connection and spiritual lessons learned today:
Learning to nurture my spirit comes hard fought on days like these why my body and mind are so out of sorts. But, I’m forcing myself to work on these habits and the best ones for today were going to my sacred space and meditating. I couldn’t do it for very long, but I did it



Today my meals were:

  • Breakfast: Fried egg, Paleo banana muffin, apple
  • Lunch: Chicken wing with broccoli-gluten-free pasta salad
  • Dinner: Artisan pizza with fresh mozzarella, basil, EVOO, and pepperoni
  • Snacks: None



At least one thing that I’m grateful for today:

  • My allergist
  • My Hubby

**(This post is based on the format of the Lupus Diary that I developed for keeping track of how Lupus affects my body, mind, and spirit, I check-in here once a week to let you know about the more interesting days of my Lupus journey. To learn more about the Lupus Diary, how I developed it, and why I use it, click here.)

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