anyone heard of this?
Ok, I'm on this site because of my daughter, but I actually have a question about me! I hope this is a good place for this because I didn't want to fill up the main board with this one!!
I have 3 kids, due with 4th in two weeks. After each child I have had some kind of allergic reaction with hives that start on my belly and basically spread everywhere. My first experience was actually pretty mild, got some cream and antihistamines and it was gone within a couple of weeks. (I mean completely gone, no itch, no redness)
After my second, I ended up in the ER. (took myself) it had spread to my neck and the er doc gave my a histamine blocker and antihistamine. It got worse, went to my primary doc, got prednisone, (this is after a week) finally got some relief. Took two doses and over a month to clear up. 3rd child, had a plan. As soon as I saw the first spot I went in to the doctor, got a shot of depo-medrol, and a dose pack. Cleared up by the time the pak was gone.
Here's the thing. I have talked to all of the anesthisiologists, and they do not think it is a med allergy. It starts about 3 days after giving birth. For what they use in the epidurals, that is an unheard of response, to be so delayed.(I worked in surgery, so not only do I know these guys, I also know a smidge about med reactions, I am also allergic to several antibiotics and as soon as the med in in my system, I react)
Last winter I had a reaction to some hair product within 24 hour of using it, ended up in the er, given epi, and then antihistamines, it would go away, after three trip to the er, I finally ended up at an allergist and took steroids for 3 weeks. That one was bad. I'm just praying that after #4 I'll be able to get it under control before I have to get epi again and steroids.
Anyway, any woman out there ever had a "child birth" reaction?? Maybe it's hormonal changes??