I used to come to this board a good deal. I was dx with fibro by a couple of different doctors, one a specialist. I also had a dx of neuropathy. No one knew why - they kept trying to say I was developing diabetes but the blood sugar and ac1 tests were all perfect. I had surgery on one ankle for the neuropathy. Anyway, the lyrica and stuff never helped. In fact, I just hated them. All the medicine I got forced on me, I just hated. Tramadol helped me deal with the pain and was the only one that I'd take. Anyway, that's where I was when one day I got what I thought were chiggers on my head. Crazy, huh? I spent a night with tea tree oil all over me. Gad I stank. haha Then I got hives. Full body hives that required I had to go to the hospital. They gave me steriods and benadryl. 3 hours later, I broke into a cold sweat, the hives went away, and so did the fibro. As soon as I finished the steriods, the hives came back, and the fibro did too. More shots, more relief. Again, when steriods were over, hives all over, and facial swelling - bad. I went to an immunologist. He did some tests, and listened. REALLY listened. I have an autoimmune disease. I am allergic to my own blood. When my blood is spun down, he injects the serum, and I get hives right there like crazy. It's so weird. He says it is something like serum sickness. It's been a year and I manage it with antihistamines and usually 5mg steriods every other day. Sometimes less, sometimes more. No symptoms at all as long as I manage the histamine in my body. Nerves in feet are 100% better too -I am active every day & getting my balance back. My immunologist says I am not the first 'fibro patient' that he has seen do this and has changed my dx.