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Posted by Cindy on March 16, 2000 at 01:43:43:

In Reply to: Severe gastro attacks...to what? Please help! posted by Jenna on January 12, 2000 at 14:13:15:

: Hello...I just found this website and am not sure if I'm in the right category or not, but I'm wondering if
: anyone knows of anyone else who might have a similar condition. My dad has some sort of food allergy
: or food intolerance...we're not sure what it is and neither are his doctors. For the past six or seven years,
: he has had periodic attacks where he wakes up in the middle of with severe stomach cramps,
: passes out, then either vomits or has severe diarrhea. Afterwards he is completely wiped out.
: It happens very sporadically, and it appears to happen after eating certain types of foods, but we don't
: know until it happens. He's had this happen with cayenne pepper, Chinese food, Fritos, once or twice
: with hamburgers, and sometimes we just don't know. It's happened at home, in restaurants (very scary
: and embarrassing for him) and when he's been away on vacation. We never know when it is going to
: happen and these attacks have become more and more frequent. He's very nervous about eating
: anywhere but at home. He's had allergy tests, but has not been diagnosed with any food allergies at all.
: His doctors have told him to avoid eating those foods, but that really doesn't help much since we
: never know what foods will trigger attacks. No one seems to be able to diagnose him. He's been
: to an allergist, a gastroenterologist, and his regular physician. It's really scary for both him and for
: us, his family, so we are seeking help. If anyone knows of ANYONE at all who has experienced
: anything remotely like this, please post! Thank you so much for any help!

Jenna, I'm 40 years old and had an experience similar to what you are describing. I ate about 2 cups of microwave popped popcorn and a couple hours after going to bed, I woke up in abdominal distress... went into the bathroom and passed out, along with having diarrhea. I had always eaten popcorn (occassionally) with no problems, and don't have any idea why it bothered me. I have avoided it since (just in case!). I noticed a few years ago that dairy products caused me to have more than usual bowel movements and also some mild abdominal discomfort... so I've cut out 95% of dairy from my diet, which has helped.

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