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Hives, Acid Reflux, Lactose Intolerance - related?

I have always had an intolerance to large amounts of diary.  I.e. I could never polish off a milkshake without feeling ill.  However, last year I began becoming unexplainably ill and after a Hydrogen Breath Test found out I was moderately lactose intolerant.  I found myself not being able to have ice cream, milk, cream, soft cheeses, milk solids in processed food, etc.  The response was dramatic and quite sudden!  Painful and very embarrassing.

This year, approx May, I began getting unexplainable hives and rashes.  I had done elimination of foods, changed to organic skin products and changed washing powder, etc.  I've seen a Naturopath and did gut cleansing.  I am still getting them and they are getting worse as well as spreading.  I do have a referral to an Immunologist but no until October.  Depression is setting in.  I look awful 95% of the time and experience this awful complaint every day.  I do have naturally dry skin and also suffer with moderate Keratosis Pilaris mainly on my arms and legs...but this hives business is awful!  I am reacting to anything and everything - not just one thing.  it could be as simple as a tag on my shirt, a cut on my hand, a hot shower/bath...anything!  Which makes me think it is an internal reaction - like a hypersensitivity.

To compliment this complaint I am now also suffering from constant acid reflux and have been placed on medication.

Frustrated with my GP and impatient to wait until October - I started googling to see if anyone else out there is suffering from similar complaints.  I came across articles in relation to H1 & H2 histamine receptors possibly being the cause of some athletes fainting after major exercise.  I also learnt that the H2 receptor can cause acid reflux.  H1 is responsible for common allergies.  H3 doesn't have a lot published about it - something more neuron related from what I can gather.

I don't exercise.  I have attempted to go for brisk walks but found myself suffering from red/hot legs and - what felt like -a million ant bites from the tops of my legs down.  I had have to race home in agony and soak myself in a cold bath for about 1/2 - 1 hr to settle it down.

I have noticed lately my heart is racing sometimes when I am in bed.  I did suffer from this a few years back around my wedding.  They suspected SVT - but found nothing and it was put down to stress and treated with beta-blockers temporarily.

I am 25 yrs old - what the heck is happening to me?  Can all this be related?  I feel like I am falling apart and my husband desperately wants children soon (as do I) but not when I am sick.



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I just came from my dermatologist who told me I was highly lactose intolerant (which I am, but how did she know?).  She said she knew because of all the spots on my body--keratosis spots I wanted her to remove.  She told me if I would go off all milk products they would disappear within 9 months!  She said my rosecea would disappear as well. Suggested I take Calcium and Vitamin D and forget any milk product from a cow.  However, goat's milk and goat's cheese is ok.  This was all news to me!  
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