I'm happy to report that the itching is loads better than it was when this whole ordeal started. I'm still getting itchy spells, but they are not nearly as intense or long-lasting as before. Amazingly, I haven't used any diphendydramine (generic Benadryl) or any other type of antihistamine since Thursday, October 1.
I am now convinced that my horrible full-body itching spell is a result of my stopping the cetirizine (generic Zyrtec) on Wednesday, September 23.
What's odd about the itching is that there was NO rash that accompanied the itching. I have eczema, so I'm accustomed to having visible evidence of intense itching. I have to say the whole experience has been a little surreal. Anyway, my hope is that itching will be completely gone within another few days.
On the downside, I'm dealing with low-grade fevers again. After a few days of normal temperatures, I had a 99.1 temperature yesterday. Bummer. I haven't taken my temperature today, but I feel like I have a fever.
I'm writing this post at the airport. I have a quick business trip this week. Today is a travel day, tomorrow I work, then I fly back home on Thursday. Luckily, I don't have anything to do other than check into my hotel and eat dinner once I arrive at my destination.
Oh, CFIDS, I'm ready for you to take a hike!
Today's Activities: work & traveling for work. Today's Most Annoying Symptoms: exhaustion, muscle fatigue, sore muscles, nausea, itching, mild headache, probable low-grade fever.
Mood (10 is best): 6
Energy (10 is best): 3
Physical Discomfort (10 is worst): 4
Update at 8:30pm on 10/6/09: One of the symptoms of my CFIDS that I dislike the most is nausea. Flying while nauseated is not my idea of a good time. Fortunately, I did not throw up on the plane, though I might have if the flight had been any longer.
I started feeling better by the time I got to a restaurant for dinner, so I even ended up ordering a dessert -- vanilla bean cheesecake. Bad idea. I started feeling car sick while driving back to the hotel, and once I got to my room, I threw up. Ugh. I hate throwing up. And the worst part is that I am still nauseated.