It's not very comforting that most people on this forum post the symptoms, but no one seems to have a clue as to the cause. Don't misunderstand, I am grateful that so many people are sharing but I was really hoping for a solution. I have been experiencing the same symptoms, hives, chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath and fatigue. Mostly it's all prominent during my waking hours. I am finding it really difficult to concentrate (which really interferes with school). I have been to the er and seen two doctors over the past week - some say it's anxiety (which I doubt), some that it's allergies ( I am going to see the specialist tomorrow) and another doctor thinks I mat have a virus in my heart, so I am going in to see the cardiologist.
It seems to me that given how many people actually experience this that doctors should be a bit more aware of it. There has been no consistency between them. If it turns out that there is nothing wrong with my heart ( and I pray there isn't) then I will begin by taking the advise you have been so kind to share, starting with tracking all the food I eat. Thanks to all.
Chest pain and Hives - Gallbladder or Food Allergy
Has anyone here noticed a reaction to Aspirin or Ibuprofen? Or have you ever talked to a doctor about having an allergy to salicylates? I am having all of the above symptoms listed here. I actually started having them when I was 19. It lasted until I was 23 then went away but now just a month ago at 33 it is back with a vengeance. I have been diagnosed with a gallbladder that only works at 19% but I have been doing a diet specifically for gallbladder disease but the hives are continuing with a vengance. Any comments are greatly appreciated!
I started to have these reactions (closing of throat/ chest pains and so on) when in the presence of mold. How old is your house and do you find it sweats? Have you checked around the house for mold or tested your walls for moister. I find that once I am away from the mold I am completely fine. It might be a reaction to mold spores.
If you have hives & chest pain, your histamine level is too
There have been a few studies on the cause of hives, something I suffered from several times in my life, and have found it is due to a histamine imbalance. Swelling, redness, itchiness, and vasodilation (widening of blood vessels), are all symptoms of this imbalance.
Histamine is a neurotransmitter that has an important role in the immune response.
It is concentrated in mast cells and when released, causes itching, increases the permeability of blood vessels and produces swelling and skin reddening.
Histamine also plays a regulatory role in muscle contraction and gastric acid secretion.
Histamine increases vasodilation causing symptoms such as hypo tension (decreased blood pressure) and tachycardia (increased pulse rate), and causes constriction of the bronchi in the lungs.
Histamine is made from histidine (an amino acid or protein fragment) and its intolerance is due to an excess of histamine which results in a variety of symptoms.
The key to lowering histamine in your body, is through diet. There are many foods that increase your body's histamine levels, and I highly recommend you research histamine intolerance and low-histamine diets, so that you can lower the level to a more tolerable amount, and your symptoms will quickly ease. I take Vitamin C supplements to keep my histamine levels lower because it serves as a natural anti-histamine. Knowing what foods to avoid (or consume in small amounts) has ended my suffering with hives. There really is something to the old saying, "you are what you eat." Good luck and I hope this information helps.