Hives has been an ongoing symptom for me for a number of years, certainly before I was diagnosed with autoimmune thryroiditis in 2011. I am aware there is a some sort of link between autoimmune antibodies and hives. I have now been referred to the allergy/immunology clinic at the hospital. I'm really confused as to whether my symptoms may be caused by an allergy or intolerance, or because I'm not been adequately treated for hypothyroidism.
I suffer from hives daily, they get worse into the evening and seem to go hand in hand with a woolly headache, aching joints and general fatigue. I take one 180mg fexofenadine most days, and although they are the best anti-histamine I have tried, they are becoming less effective. My hives are much worse if there is any kind of pressure on my skin, and sometimes they are unbearable. They can appear anywhere on my limbs, torso or neck, though not usually on my face.
Other symptoms I have generally are poor memory and brain fog, being tired all the time, strange outbreaks of spots on my temples, painful periods and constipation. Have recently reduced my hours and responsibiities at work as everything became such so an effort.
I'm taking 75mcg levothyroxine, at night. These are my latest test results from August 2012.
Serum TSH 1.5 miu/L (0.2-6.0)
Serum free T4 16.2 (10.0- 25.0)
No T3 test, as apparantly can only be done if requested by an endicrinologist
Serum ferritin 21ug/L (10.0-322.0)
Serum B12 405ng/L (211-911.0).
I'm aware the ferritin is low (and was previously 9ug/L) but I take 3x natures plus hemaplex iron tablets daily, as recommended by a nutritionist. They also contain lots of B12.
Thyroid peroxidase antibody levels in July 2011 were >1300+.
Have had a blood test to detect Coeliac disease, which was negative.
Any comments or thoughts would be much appreciated! This is my first question on this forum, so thank you for taking the time to read this.