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!