Severe Hives and Sharp Pains Throughout the Body

By SnappyHugo Latest Reply 2010-01-26 07:11:02 -0600
Started 2010-01-18 09:22:21 -0600

I am a type 2 diabetic. Over the past year I have developed severe hives and sharp pains all over my body. My doctor says its not due to the diabetes. That it is a nervous system problem.

Any comments

17 replies

London 2010-01-18 22:10:03 -0600 Report

I have had this same same question forever. My doc says no, but I was admitted in the hospital for severe hives all over my body and it was then I was diagnosed with T2. Maybe we are on to something here that isn't out yet LOL!

Deb-G 2010-01-18 21:00:20 -0600 Report

Hives/Shingles are not typically associated to diabetes or blood sugars…Some hives are caused by allergies to such things as foods, medications, and insect stings.

BUT…I hate to say it but something like 80% of the cases of hives are left without a cause found…

Hives can be very painful when they occur because of the nerves…but its not a neuropathy…

If its indeed hives/shingles you may never know your cause and they may reoccur from time to time…be thinking about different products and things you may have used or come in contact with that could possibly be your cause…Chances are even allergy testing wouldn't reveal the culprit…

SnappyHugo 2010-01-18 21:36:28 -0600 Report


I guess I'll do what I'm currently doing and deal with it. Everyone's answers have been right on based my past year of dealing with it. But I've already been their and as some of you have said its not an easy fix.

Thanks again,

'm Not Leaving but just saying its not an easy fix and I'll have to continue the trial and error until I get it right.

Thanks Hugo

Deb-G 2010-01-18 21:42:15 -0600 Report

Sorry Hugo :(

Hope it gets better…My brother had a case of hives that tormented him for a couple years…even left him a scar in the middle of his chest from a break out…never did find a cause..and…it just vanished and never came back…

Hope yours vanishes too :( it is very painful sometimes…

Susie624 2010-01-18 16:11:17 -0600 Report

My thoughts were along the lines with Iroquois,shingles.The hives and servere pain all over suggest that it could possibly be that.I know thats what my husband went through when he had them,and they are very painful ,he told me.

Monalisa 2010-01-18 19:15:40 -0600 Report

Sometimes the pain can last for months or years, this is related to the measles virus if you suffered it, it stays dormant in your body for many years until something triggers it, the hives present themselves mostly in the thorax area on the nerve endings but the pain persists even after the hives are gone, some Drs. treat this with retrovirals, you should ask your Dr. about this, Good luck…LISA

Susie624 2010-01-26 07:11:02 -0600 Report

actually Lisa it is the chicken pox virus not measels that is the cause of shingles.not much difference both cause a lot of misery.

Iroquois 2010-01-18 12:21:47 -0600 Report

You might want to check with your Dr. and see if it may be shingles. I have heard it can be really bad and something like you may have. I am not a Dr. but thought I would suggest it. Hope you find out soon what it is so you can get it treated. Kathy

Harlen 2010-01-18 10:02:38 -0600 Report

It may or may not be diabetes are you under a lot of stress?
Do you problems with your nervous system?
there is so much that can afect you need lots of info
I hope you start feeling better soon
best wishes

Hinboyz3 2010-01-18 09:50:25 -0600 Report

Hope your feeling better soon, have you talked to your doctor about this? Im with kdroberts, is it controlled?

kdroberts 2010-01-18 09:31:01 -0600 Report

Has your doctor heard of diabetic neuropathy? It's definitely to do with diabetes and affects the nervous system. How well is your diabetes under control? What sort of blood sugar readings are you seeing fasting and after meals?

SnappyHugo 2010-01-18 11:53:12 -0600 Report

The doctor immediately dismissed diabetic neuropathy and said to see a neurologist.

My previous doctor hadn't even heard of it.

As far as control of the diabetes, probably not since I'm very un-disciplined when it comes to taking medication. I have though started to eat healthier and do exercise 5-6 days a week.

I do check it once in a while and I'm anywhere between 110 and 210.

An acquaintance of mine who is a pathologist and has type 2 has the same symptoms. He takes Lyrica 2 times a day and says its changed his life.

I'm very skeptical of Lyrica and other medications of that type due to the side affects so I have not pursued it.

kdroberts 2010-01-18 12:43:17 -0600 Report

Control your blood sugars and you should notice a difference if it is neuropathy. 210 is very high, especially if it's a fasting reading. If you haven't had your A1c checked recently you should have that done as well. A good goal would be 6 or less if you do have neuropathy. Healthy eating is a good start but what's classed as healthy for the masses is often not very healthy for diabetics. Also, a lot of people have good results by taking Alpha Lipoic Acid which can be picked up very cheaply at Costco or similar stores.

Deb-G 2010-01-19 07:13:23 -0600 Report

I wouldn't mess with the Alpha Lipoic Acid until you talk to your doc about using it…while it has some possible benefits its causes hypoglycemia so mixes with some med's already being taken for diabetes (like metformin etc) and there's plenty of possible side effects that would be of concern to diabetics…

It also can cause headaches, pain in muscles and rash so you may be back where you started lol

Def use it with your doctors knowledge…

BTW…Did they rule out that the cause of your hives may be from a medication you are currently on???…

Deb-G 2010-01-19 07:58:50 -0600 Report

By the way…Lyrica is used for things like fibromyalgia…Thats really a good possibility also…If it was me, strictly speaking for myself, I would follow through with that visit to the neurologist…Honestly thats the only one that can confirm things one way or the other and can offer you relief…

I TOTALLY relate to the no medication standpoint…and my neurologist has learned to treat me with this in mind…

It would be good for you to follow up this way if the problem and pains persist…Nobody can answer things for you like a specialist in that area…

Good luck and hope you find a solution

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