I had surgery 2 weeks ago and they fused 2 vertebrae in my back.
9 days after coming home I had a rash break out from the waist up. Raised red welts and INSANE itching. When awake I could control to some extent the
scratching but while asleep I would scratch. I would wake up almost scratched bloody.
For pain after surgery they gave me Oxycontin and a side effect of that is constipation. The day before the rash started the doctor advised taking
something to help mother nature along if you know what I mean.
After taking an OTC stool softener, the next day the rash started. I assumed I was allergic to the medication.
Had to go to the Emergency room Sat. Feb 5th about 10am because the rash was so bad and I was having trouble breathing. They shot me full of Benadryl
and Pregnizone and it got better and the doctor thought it was a reaction to the stool softener also.
I went home and about 2 hours later it came back full force again. Went back to the ER about 8pm. They shot me up with a repeat dose of the same
stuff and it got better again.
I went home and kept taking Benadryl & Zyrtek to block the Histamines which controlled the itching.
I took the stool softener on Feb 3rd - 1 dose......
The ER visit was 2 days later.......
Now it's the 15th and tomorrow will have been 2 weeks and the rash is still coming and going but not much itching. The rash is bright red, raised and
appears in streaks or stripes about an inch wide and running down my arms and legs. The weird part is there will be a VERY bad outbreak like say on my
legs and 3 minutes later it will totally disappear and pop up somewhere else.
My family doctor has been seen twice and said he has no idea what it is or whats causing it since if it was an allergic reaction it should have gone
away long ago.
He is sending me to see a dermatologist Friday..
Anybody had anything similar?
Never been allergic to anything before (I'm 45, male) no changes in food, soaps, clothes, medications....
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