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Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 - 6:49 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My symptoms have included SEVERE hives and swelling, joint, muscle pain and headaches. After 6 weeks of ER visits, seeing numerous specialist and spending thousands of dollars in lab work my diagnosis is chronic idiopathic urticaria. I was not going to take this diagnosis as final and live on prednisone and antihistamines so I saw a DC who did muscle testing and told me that he is convinced it is MSG. I began my new very challenging diet/grooming routine this last Wed. My question is....has anyone else experienced constant hives from MSG and if so how long did it take you to detox and be symptom free? I am anxious to feel better and hoping that MSG is the culprit. My previous diet was HEAVY with MSG.
Deb A.
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Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 9:41 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, hives are a very common reaction to MSG toxicity. Since your diet has been high in it, it's hard to predict how long it will take before you are back to normal. But you certainly should start to feel improvement within days of avoiding MSG and its hidden cousins. Keep reading and learning, and eating better, and you should continue to see results.
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2014 - 4:07 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anon, I just did a search here for 'hives' (whole words only) and 57 results came up. You might want to read through some of these posts and see if anyone else has reported the same symptoms. I would be willing to guess that your hives are not from an autoimmune disease, especially because you also have other symptoms that are very common with MSG ingestion.
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Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 3:51 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

One other thing to know is that it's really tricky to eliminate all the sources, and you need to give yourself some time. Several years ago, I knew my son had a glutamate sensitivity, but I didn't, or at least not severe. Overnight I became triggered and very sensitive (a combination of exposure with a virus and too much exercise). Even though I knew what to do (for my son, who eats a fairly limited set of foods) it still took me weeks to track down all the sources I didn't realize I was allowing into my (more varied) diet. So give yourself some slack and allow it some time. Don't beat yourself up when you miss something as it's a lot to take in all at once, just keep working on it. Or even better, go with Deb's test diet listed elsewhere on this site, and once you are stable, you can be more a bit more adventurous and know whether you are affected.

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