Almost a decade ago, Calvina was mowing her lawn in Oklahoma when out of nowhere she felt something bite her on her ankle.
Not thinking much of it, later an itchy dark mark appeared on her arm and then these strange markings began to spread which made her deeply concerned about her health.
After visiting a dermatologist for a biopsy, Calvina was told she must have had an issue with her nerves. Other doctors attributed the marks to allergies.
But no medications stopped the strange marks from spreading or itching.
Doctors never checked her immune system, which would later prove to be a big mistake.
Calvina’s life was made a living hell. She would go into “itch attacks” that made her bleed. The thick, hard and round marks appeared on her stomach, back, legs, feet — but spared her face. All aspects of her life was affected, from her career to social life.
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After seven years of living with the undiagnosed skin condition, Calvina bravely shared her story on The Doctors. The physicians on stage had never seen anything like it.
Calvia also admitted she was the center of public scrutiny. “If I’m wearing short sleeves … and nobody knows me, they would give this face, like ‘Oh my God, what is that? Don’t touch her,’” she says. However, in seven years, Calvina never passed the condition onto anyone else.
After Dr. Batra ran a series of tests (not seen in the video below), she was finally able to diagnose Calvina’s strange skin condition: urticarial vasculitis and hypothyroidism.
Urticarial vasculitis is a rare autoimmune disorder. According to Vasculitis Foundation, it’s a form of vasculitis that affects the skin, causing wheals or hives and/or red patches due to swelling of the small blood vessels.
The cause of most cases is unknown and may be associated with systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren’s syndrome. Hypothyroidism is another autoimmune disorder that occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones.
The Doctors agreed to Calvina’s skin and underlying issues free of charge. “I didn’t think that you guys would hear me,” she tearfully said. “But you guys heard me.”
Calvina’s story proves why people who suffer with strange and/or confusing illnesses should always, always have their immune system checked for any abnormal blood levels.
You can watch the video below to learn more:
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