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Posted by Claire on January 12, 2000 at 22:00:39:

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!

Hi Jenna,

My mother-in-law has problems with her gallbladder and she has a lot of pain after eating some foods but mainly anything fried or spicy. She may be having her gallbladder removed. I don't know if that is your dad's problem or not. But also my 5 year old daughter got sick after eating Chinese food in the summer and we did find out she was allergic to cashews and peanuts. She had stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and her tongue was itching. But it sounds like your dad has already been to an allergist. A couple of months later we found out she is also allergic to FD&C Yellow No. 5 dye. The allergy doctor's office said they don't test for that but they said a lot of people are allergic to it. I just bought a book this week that says many people are allergic to food colorings and food additives. The food additives that may cause allergies are: vanillin, benzyldehyde, eucayptol, monosodium glutamate, BHT-BHA, benzoates, and annatto. It also says that many people are allergic to sulfites which are common food additives used as sanitary agents and preservatives to prevent discoloration of foods. They are commonly used in restaurant salad bars and are also present in many supermarket foods including frozen foods, some fresh fruits, vegetables, and often in potato chips. Since I'm not a doctor, I don't really know if this information will apply to your dad or not. But it's too bad the doctors can't figure out what's wrong with him. I sure hope he feels better. Good luck!!

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