Almost 10 years ago, a lady called Calvina was mowing and trimming her yard in Oklahoma when she experienced something attack her on the foot. It was not till later on that an itching darker tag came out on her hand. The markings started to multiply throughout the woman’s entire body.
Right after going to a skin doctor for a biopsy, Calvina was informed that she must possess a problem with her nerves. Some other health professionals linked the marks to allergy symptoms. But no medicines ended the unusual marks from growing or irritation.
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.
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.