I went to see the allergist he said I Idiopathic Anaphylaxis. He's treating me with Prednisone a steroid for at least 3 weeks(yay I'm gonna get fatter) and doubled my Zyrtec. Then I have to follow up in 2weeks.  

What is Idiopathic Anaphylaxis do you ask? Well if your in for some exciting reading I have the definition below.  I googled it for your reading pleasure.

Idiopathic Anaphylaxis (IA) is a well-described syndrome of anaphylaxis without any recognised external trigger. These patients present with the same symptoms as patients with other types of anaphylactic reaction. The attacks occur with variable frequency. Fatalities have been reported in patients who have been diagnosed with idiopathic anaphylaxis.

Bacal et al first reported IA in 1978 [1], when they published data on 11 patients whose episode of anaphylaxis could not be explained. The series has been expanded to include over 335 patients. Atopy was noted in 48% of the patients (the same percentage implicated in the Spanish series of 81 patients).

The disease exists in all age groups and proves expensive if not diagnosed and treated early. It is reported to be more common in women, with 65% of 335 idiopathic anaphylaxis patients being women in the largest published series in the literature.

Prevalence of IA

Idiopathic anaphylaxis is one of the most common causes of anaphylaxis, accounting for approximately one third of cases in one retrospective study [2]

IA is estimated to affect 30,000 patients in the USA alone.

Clinical presentation

Symptoms & signs do not differ from other forms of anaphylaxis and include:

Hypotension & increased pulse rate
Wheezing & stridor
Hives, angioedema, flushing, & itching
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing
Light-headedness and loss of consciousness

In the series of Ditto et al [3]all of them experienced hives and angioedema, whereas 60% experienced symptoms of upper airway obstruction. Individual patients usually tend to have the same manifestations on repeated episodes. Progression from hives and itching to life-threatening symptoms of wheeze, loss of consciousness, and laryngeal edema may occur in 10 min to hours after onset.

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Jan. 11, 2008 at 11:21 PM

I"m glad you know, but how will they know what to protect you against if you have to do surgery or something.

Well I'm just glad you know and is getting treatment. 

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Jan. 16, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Huh. So you've got the Nutty Professor Syndrome....remember? When Eddie Murphy's foot ballooned up...and his hand...and...well...Look at it this way. You get J Lo's butt, Anna Nicole's lips, Dolly Parton's boobs....all without the bothersome need of surgery! I say "LUCKY YOU!"

Hang in there baby. I know it can't be fun to have this strange illness. I had a boss who had similar problems. Her hands, lips, eye, feet--all that stuff would puff up within minutes. They checked her over and sent her from specialist to speciialist. They thought it was a gluten allergy. They even tested for Lupus (check on that!). I left the job before they found out what it was...so..sorry, not much help there. It wasn't lupus, but they did check for it.

Anyway, we love ya--puffy lips and all!

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