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Old 12-21-2005, 06:33 PM   #1
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Histamine Blood Test

I was wondering if anyone knew of a test to confirm if one is currently having an allergic reaction? I've had weird flu-like symptoms sporadically throughout my life. Usually it would just be for a few days. The family doctors have always said these were just allergies and since they cleared up quickly, I never pursued it further. However, this last episode is now over the one year mark. Well, the allergist and an infectious disease specialist said that this did not sound like allergies (the skin test did show dog, cat and dust but the allergist said that only showed what I am allergic to, not that I am having a current allergic reaction.) Both the allergist and infectious disease specialist have no clue. (I've been tested for lyme, hepatitis, etc. and all the blood comes back perfectly). I didn't know if there was a test to measure the amount of histamine in the blood, which I think would explain some of my flush, warm feelings. I am desperate and have made an appointment with a new family doctor, hoping that by taking a step back, he can give me a new opinion.

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Old 12-22-2005, 07:33 AM   #2
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Re: Histamine Blood Test

Were you given a comprehensive allergy test assessment? In other words, did they test for mold, pollen, etc. or just dog, cat, and dust? I have mold allergies and have been told that it is causing much of my discomfort. I've also been able to attribute a low grade fever, headache, brain fog, ect. to what I eat, namely wheat -- despite the fact that my blood test for celiac disease came back negative.

 
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Old 12-23-2005, 09:25 AM   #3
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Re: Histamine Blood Test

This post describes exactly what is happening to me. My energy level and muscle aches and fatigue over the past two years have made me cut my work hours in half. This all seemed to start after my office of employment was moved into a newly renovated basement. All labs done are totally normal, no infection, no lyme, no RA or lupus.

I too feel mold is an issue but my PCP had me have IGE blood testing which showed my only allergies to be to birch. I know I feel sinus pressure, dull headaches and fatigue when exposed to molds, and get itchy eyes, nose and throat almost immediately when exposed to dogs and cats.

I was referred to an allergist last winter who basically blew me off...didn't think I needed any skin testing, even though I can't tolerate any medications and have had severe reactions to many medications along with sunflower seeds/oil,Brazil nuts, chamomile, and yellow dye. He said "avoid eating out and carry an epipen" That was it

I insisted I be referred to a different allergist and plan to send them all the labwork and a brief history first, hopefully they will "think on it for a while" and have some suggestions.

If they can't do anything I would like to go to a center that specializes on the immune system, even if I have to pay myself. Anyone out there know of any place to go?
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Old 12-23-2005, 04:15 PM   #4
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Re: Histamine Blood Test

Yes, as I indicated in my original post, they did the skin ***** test with the most common allergens in my area. My question though regards the test related to one's overall histamine blood level. I was wondering if anyone ever had that test. I believe there is a urine and a blood version. I was wondering if that test could be used to determine that I am currently having an allergic reaction.

 
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Re: Histamine Blood Test

You all must consider not only inhalent allergies, but food allergies.
My experience started with MSG. First it was just lethargy, but then one day I ate something that really gave me a bad time. Headache/fog, difficulty concentrating, difficulty focusing my eyes, flu-like aches, numbness of mouth, jaw and running down my arms. This lasted almost 2 days. After that it was one thing after another, first nuts, then single aminos, then all herbs, then some vitamins. Citric acid, folic acid and vitamin C are recent additions.

MOst meat and fish are now washed in a citric acid based wash.
Any packaged, canned or bottled prepared food has MSG in it. And also in most Coffee. I can only use Don Francisco's Hawaiian Blend.
Produce growers are increasingly using a ferilizer spray containing about 29% MSG. So you have to be careful there.

Do a search on food allergies for more info.

 
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