I'll begin by stating that I'm an extremely active 39 y.o. female that doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, eats very healthy (except for a slight indulgence in chocolate) and drinks 8 - 10 cups of water daily. Since last July, after 3 days of taking Doxycycline for acne (acne turned out to be due to allergic reaction to dairy), my stomach began to swell to the appearance of a 5 mo. pregnant woman (I'm normally a size 2). I stopped the Doxycycline immediately and I began to take acidophilus and probiotics to regain blance in my intestines, which took about a month. This seemed to work...then in September my ENTIRE body swelled up (looked like I gained 10 lbs over night). Never properly diagnosed, I was prescribed Benadryl and Zantac based on the assumption that the swelling was due to an allergic reaction to Aleve. This drug combination reduced the swelling only slightly, so I went back to E.R. and was then given Prednisone, my swelling disappeared. Then in mid November I had food poisoning from my local Whole Foods market...the bloating in my stomach returned (looking 5 mo. pregnant again) and after four days of intense stomach pain, not eating and diarrhea I took myself to a different hospital E.R. (not my insurer). From their CT scan I was told I had pancreatitis, lipids and amylase where also high. I followed up with my insurance provider's GI specialist and an ultrasound, they were unable to provide me with any diagnosis.. I currently have returning total body swelling, puffy under eyes, sinus swelling, severly dialated veins in hands, arms and under eyes, blood shot eyes, heavy night sweats, numb/tingling arms/hands when I wake up, cold arms/legs throughout day and night, low energy, abdominal bloating/gas, no appetite, constipation and low back pain. I refuse to take more steroids to treat the swelling. I'm seeing an accupuncturist - herbs seem to help with the swelling, but so does coffee. My symptoms are not going away and I'd like to better understand what is happening so I can get the treatment I need.