I have had recurring hives. They appear in the morning (well, sometime during the night) and decrease during the day. Hydrocortisone cream does help the itching. I have been having some sneezing, itchy eyes, etc., too, but it seems like those symptoms have improved while the hives linger. They are on my belly, back, legs, arms, even a few on my breasts and buttocks.
I have also been having mild cramping in my lower abdomen: it feels vaguely like a menstrual cramp. My last period was August 17th, and that was the first one since giving birth to my 8 month old (so it had been 17 months with no period). The period was normal. The cramps do not go away regardless of what I do. Sometimes they are worse. In the middle of the night I woke up with bad cramps, had a bowel movement, and felt a little better: enough to sleep anyway, except the hives were all over my back.
I don't know if all of the symptoms are related, but could you let me know what you think is going on? Thanks so much!