Running Again, with Hives

40 minute run
I walked for 15 minutes and ran for 40 minutes!

I have some great news! I’m able to run again. I’ve actually been running for a couple of weeks, but I waited to share until I was sure I was going to be able to return to running consistently. I took a picture of my watch this morning to help me document my celebration. That’s 40 minutes of running! This is a huge victory for me. I already feel my sanity returning and my thoughts clearing.

In other news, I’m battling hives again. Do any other fibromyalgia patients get unexplained skin issues? I’ve had two punch biopsies (ouch!) over the years. One dermatologist said the hives are an allergic reaction. To what, he didn’t know. The other dermatologist said I have guttate psoriasis. I tend to disbelieve both of them. Either way, my hives itch. They’re currently on my trunk, elbows, wrists, left breast, and right knee pit. Luckily they’re not nearly as bad as they have been in the past, although I wish they’d go away. It’s so much easier to deal with the hives since I’m running again. There’s something about running that makes me feel like I can take on anything.

My torso is covered in patches of small, itchy hives.

I’m not sure what my next running goals are. I’m hesitant to make any new goals since I’m still just grateful to be able to get out there and run. The core exercises that I do every day have made a huge difference in my life. I’m convinced that increasing my core strength and stability has helped stabilize my SI joints. The spinal support offered by strong muscles is fantastic. And the proof is in my return to running. Planks suck, but they work. I have to be very careful with my movements to keep my back pain-free, but I’m running again, so I feel pretty damn good.

4 Replies to “Running Again, with Hives”

  1. Thank you for this post and others about pelvic instability. I had no idea others with fibro struggled with this as I also have endometriosis and attributed it all to that. I have been struggling with a loose si joint after some steroid injections in my l4/5 have created more instability and more pain. Walking is almost impossible these days as my hip, thigh, and hamstring are now somewhat sprained. I am still hoping to recover and run again, but anything work for you if have had these symptoms?

  2. I get severe hives every time I exercise. They don’t itch or hurt. I’ve been told by specialists, this is common with people who have Fibromyalgia.

    1. Monica, I often think doctors don’t really know what fibromyalgia is or what all is involved with it. So many people have seemingly random symptoms (like hives) and are also diagnosed with fibromyalgia and/or chronic pain, but as far as I know no one in the medical establishment has officially linked some of those random symptoms with fibromyalgia. I hope your hives improve and you can return to exercise.

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