Symptoms & Reactions

Lupus and Autoimmune Hives

I’m taken by surprise again with my health. For some unknown reason (as usual), I began to experience autoimmune hives again. This time, it’s with a vengeance! **



One word to describe my Lupus body today:  Hives

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

  • Ate a clean diet
  • Stayed hydrated
  • Breathed fresh air

More details about my physical symptoms:
Out of the blue, I began having very itchy humongous hives. On my hands, arms, legs, belly, thighs. I haven’t had a break out of this magnitude in years. The first ever episode of these types of hives happened after I gave birth to my son. It took years, and lots of doctors, medications, and research to get them under control. I found out only recently that they’re considered autoimmune hives, which are often chronic and hard to control. And now they’re back. These itchy, painful, bruising hives are all over me, and nothing helps. Why?!



One word to describe my Lupus mind today: Angry

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

  • Asked for and accepted help
  • Learned about Lupus

More details and thoughts about how I’m feeling emotionally today:
I can’t believe this is happening. It feels like I’ve taken ten steps backward. The itching is causing a high level of nervousness and anxiety. So, now I have pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, AND hives. I’m angry. I know it doesn’t help my situation, but I just need to say it.



One word to describe my spirit today: Shattered

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

  • Enjoyed sacred space

Thoughts about my spiritual connection and spiritual lessons learned today:
My spirit is suffering with these hives today. It’s very difficult to find a spiritual connection with all this itching and increased medication. That still small voice inside me tell me not to give up hope, but I’m having trouble. I’ve been thrown off my game—again. Oh well, I’m trusting that thing will calm down again with my skin sooner rather than later. I want my spiritual mojo back!



Today my meals were:

  • Breakfast: Apple and Paleo banana muffin
  • Lunch: Plain turkey sandwich on gluten-free bread
  • Dinner: Gluten-free pasta with ground turkey meat sauce
  • Snacks: Kind bar with almonds and coconut



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

  • A comfortable home


**(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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