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Old 04-11-2011, 06:54 AM   #1
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I want to talk to someone about food allergies, is there a specific board for food allergies?!

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Re: Is there a food allergies board?

No but many of the people here have them. Ask away.

 
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:11 AM   #3
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Re: Is there a food allergies board?

Wonderful, thanks for your response!

Well, I've been "sick" for about six months now and have had countless bloowork and various scans trying to figure out what is wrong with me. Now, it's came to the point where the doctors are trying to prescribe me xanax everytime I go into the office because they either think I'm crazy or don't want to deal with my situation.

My symptoms are lightheadedness, chest tightness, and trouble breathing. Do you think these symptoms could be an allergy or specifically a food allergy? I used to keep a food diary because it crossed my mind but I just couldn't correlate anything. I know I don't have celiac but I thought I could be allergic to something specific that I keep ingesting.

It may just be a coincidence, because I tend to feel awful around the clock, but last night after dinner I felt extra bad. We had fish, green beans, and thos au gratin potatoes (box kind). I've heard of sulfite allergies, anyone have a sulfite allergy and feel like I do?

Thanks for reading and commenting!!

 
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Re: Is there a food allergies board?

Well, a true food allergy is usually detectable via blood test and quite often have the same symptoms as airborne allergies. Celiac, lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, etc are not actual allergies and are not detectable via blood test. They require other testing.

Have you been tested for asthma? Gallstones? Environmental allergies?

 
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Oh ok, I didn't know that. I do already have asthma and I had my gallbladder removed in 2007. I've never been tested for the environmental allergies..... how do they do that? blood work?

Thanks for the information!!!

 
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Re: Is there a food allergies board?

Food allergies are best determined thru blood test. Environmental ones, that is things like cats, dogs, pollens, etc, are best determined by a skin scratch test. An allergist can do either.

Looking at your breathing problems, is your asthma under control? If so, have you been checked out for acid reflux? Its symptoms mimic asthma.

 
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Re: Is there a food allergies board?

Hi Missjaimes -- sorry you are having problems.

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Old 04-17-2011, 09:57 AM   #8
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Re: Is there a food allergies board?

Hi!

I just wanted to share some info about food allergies with you that might be helpful. The short answer to your question is, yes, your symptoms could be related to a food allergy. It is a common misconception by both patients and doctors that food allergies can be detected on skin or blood allergy testing. While many allergies can be detected this way, it depends on the kind of allergic reaction you are having. A type E allergic reaction which involves the release of histamine will show up on a skin or blood test. However, a cell-mediated allergic response will NOT show up on allergy testing, although the allergy is certainly present and causing symptoms.

The "gold standard" for diagnosing food allergies is an elimination diet where you eliminate the item you think you may be allergic too. A good one to start with is dairy. It is very difficult to completely eliminate it from your diet because if you read the labels on packages, many things contain dairy in the form of milk, butter, whey or casein in the ingredients. For a true trial you must eliminiate ALL forms of the food from your diet. If your symptoms improve, you can assume that item was causing your problems.

We went through this with my daughter who after many tests and exams was told she might have irritable bowel syndrome at only 7 years old! We finally saw an allergist who told us about the food trial and it turns out she is allergic to dairy. No hives, itching, swollen face like you typically think of with an allergy...just nausea, fatigue, irritability, constipation and vague symptoms like that. SHe also had a lot of anxiety. All her symptoms have disappeared off dairy.

Sorry for the long answer but after going through 3 years of frustrationg testing and misinformation I like to try and spread the word about food allergies whenever possible! Best of luck to you and I hope you feel better and get some answers soon.

 
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:51 AM   #9
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Re: food allergies

Thank you starryGal09.

Titchou, thank you for the response. Maybe I'll need to get some allergy testing done perhaps. I think my asthma is under control, it's a mild case and just made worse by physical activity. I also have been seeing a GI for years because of gallbladder/stomach ulcer and am on prevacid, so, I don't think it's the acid refulx causing but I will look into the allergy test, thanks again for your response.

eah4me Thank you also for your response, no big deal on the length, i appreciate the information!!!! So, what is the difference between an E allergic reaction and the cell mediated? I've looked into the elimination diet and have attmepted on several occasions to try but I never make it past a day because after that day, I still feel awful and I get discouraged and I know it's a hit and miss/trial and error thing, I think I am looking for instant results because I feel like I've felt bad long enough. I should just stick with it and give it a try for real this time!!! I'm sorry to hear about your daughter and I hope she is doing well now! Is that what you did, finally did the elimination diet on your own or did you go see a holistic medicine or anythign like that?

Everyone keeps suggesting I go see an alternative medicine dr but insurance will not pay for that, so, I haven't but I've seen just about every specialist there is and no answers, they look at me like i'm a hypochondriac or something because I explain how i feel, they just can't see scrapes and bruises so, it's as if I'm making it all up, very frustrating. I really do appreciate the help and information. I will try and let you know how it goes

 
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Re: food allergies

Do you premedicate before physical activity? If cardio gives you an attack, you really should look into it. I jog and that's the only way I can - 2 puffs of albuterol 60 seconds apart, 15 minutes before I jog.

 
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Thank you starryGal09.

eah4me Thank you also for your response, no big deal on the length, i appreciate the information!!!! So, what is the difference between an E allergic reaction and the cell mediated? I've looked into the elimination diet and have attmepted on several occasions to try but I never make it past a day because after that day, I still feel awful and I get discouraged and I know it's a hit and miss/trial and error thing, I think I am looking for instant results because I feel like I've felt bad long enough. I should just stick with it and give it a try for real this time!!! I'm sorry to hear about your daughter and I hope she is doing well now! Is that what you did, finally did the elimination diet on your own or did you go see a holistic medicine or anythign like that?

Everyone keeps suggesting I go see an alternative medicine dr but insurance will not pay for that, so, I haven't but I've seen just about every specialist there is and no answers, they look at me like i'm a hypochondriac or something because I explain how i feel, they just can't see scrapes and bruises so, it's as if I'm making it all up, very frustrating. I really do appreciate the help and information. I will try and let you know how it goes
I know what you mean about wanting quick results! It can take a few days to really notice a difference though, so it is definitely worth it to stick with it! Maybe make a goal of a week so it doesn't seem so daunting. My daughter showed no benefits until we were 4 days into the food trial. In fact, the day after we started it she felt awful! It is very commong for it to take at least 3-4 days to see an effect with an elimination diet, especially if the type of allergy you have is cell-mediated which would go along with your symptoms. We did not see an alternative medicine specialist or holistic doctor; just our pediatrician and then an allergist. A very good friend of mine has a daughter with food allergies and she was the one who clued me in on pursuing the food allergy thing. I'm so glad we did! It was totally worth it.

As far as the difference between the types of allergic reactions, an IgE mediated response is the type of allergic reaction most people think of - hives, rash, swelling of the lips and/or face and even anaphylaxis which is a potentially life threatening reaction. It is called IgE because of the type of immune cells that are involved. It causes a massive release of histamine which is what causes all the symptoms. Because skin testing and allergy blood testing looks for the histamine response to allergans, those types of food allergies will show up on a test. However, a cell-mediated allergy is very different. It does not involve the release of histamine and follows a different pathway with respect to immune cells. This is why a food allergy that is cell mediated will not show up as a positive on an allergy test. My daughter is obviously allergic to dairy, but on her skin test came up negative.

The cell-mediated allergy causes different symptoms usually from the IgE allergy because histamine is not involved. Symptoms are commonly things like fatigue, bloating, stomach upset, nausea, constipation/diarrhea, anxiety, ear problems or sinus problems. In our case, my daughters symptoms were frequent tummy aches, constipation and sometimes diarrhea, lots of upper respiratory congestion, and behavioral problems (manic behavior, depression, anxiety). I kid you not....ALL of her symptoms disappeared off dairy. Even she said she couldn't believe how much better she felt. We didn't realize how bad it was until the symptoms were gone. She's like a new person now!

So....sorry again for the really long response. ha, ha. Hope that helps some though!

 
Old 04-20-2011, 12:48 PM   #12
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That is very interesting that she felt worse before she felt better. It's very inspiring to me to want to try this. I actaully had all intentions of beginning today but something messed it up, so, tomorrow it is. I appreciate the explantions on the different types and I don't mind about long messages, not at all. Very glad to hear all your daughter's symptoms disappeared and that she is feeling well. She deserves to feel good, she's only a kiddo! My daughter is almost six and I can't imagine if I had to put her on an elimination diet, she's very picky enough on her own, i don't know how weeding out her options would go. I look forward to getting this on the way and hopefully seeing some results.

Did you all do it for an extended length of time? and how did you integrate different foods back in? I guess what I'm saying is, did you suspect dairy at all or did you totally eliminate soy, dairy, corn, wheat, etc and gradually add back one at a time or something like that?

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