I got blood test results back to day for a nut allergy. It turns out I'm allergic to Brazil nuts (to a life threatening degree), Almonds (to a moderate degree) and Hazel nuts (to a high degree). I'm not allergic to peanuts. The results also show I have very highly elevated levels of IgE in my blood.
This correlates with my past experiences of eating peanuts for years without a reaction. But at the start of 2012 I suffered Anaphylaxis after eating a mixed nuts bar containing Brazil nuts and Almonds.
Ever since that experience I've been having a lot of respiratory problems coming and going. Symptoms have included difficulty breathing (especially when laying down or leaning over), chest pain, a rubbing feeling like fluid moving around my lung (externally, not internally), burning sensations and more recently almost constant indigestion. A chest X-Ray in April ruled out lung cancer. The only symptoms that I have right now, today, are a wheezy cough and a strange rumbling sensation when I inhale, a bit like a wheeze without the noise.
Unfortunately it has been a bit of a guessing game getting to the bottom of this. One GP gave me antibiotics, another Naproxen, and today my GP prescribed a 'Seretide 50 Evohaler' for my respiratory symptoms. These are all 'best guesses' as to the underlying condition, but I'd really like to *know* for sure what is going on. I feel a lot closer with these test results in hand, as they point to elevated IgE levels which makes asthma sound a likely candidate. I had childhood asthma but then didn't experience it again for a decade, so these changes surely reflect a shift in my biology that can be tamed, at least to a degree.
But I want to tackle the underlying cause, not plaster over symptoms for the rest of my days. Here are my questions:
- What are healthy IgE levels?
- What are ku/L and kUA/L in U/ml? I can only find guideline levels in the latter unit but my test results are in the former units.
- Is there anything that can be done to lower my IgE levels?
- Could this be anything other than a recurrence of asthma? Taking asthma pumps so far hasn't made an impact on many of the physical sensations, though it does seem to help reduce wheezing