Hi! I don't go to the doctor very often, and I have never discussed my "problem" with my doctor. Can I just call up my General Practioner and request a test for food allergies? And what did the test consist of? I try to avoid the doctor as much as possible. I must just be one of those people.
Most doctors don't even try to test for food allergies because most people's reactions are so different. Some people react immediately and some have delayed reactions.
Food does not generally cause allergic reactions like we think of allergies --like runny nose, hives, itching --they more the intolerant type like bloating, pain, spasms, cramping, diarrhea, constpation. I have found that an elimination type diet test is best to determine your trigger foods.
There are several books that can give you pointers about how to test but generally you keep track in a log about what you eat and then introduce a new food or one that you think has caused problems in the past---then note your reaction. It can take awhile for this type testing but I have found it the best way. One time I tested 12 different brands of chicken and one cause me to get a sinus type headache about 2 hours after eating--and the others were OK.
I did not think that food allergies would give me a runny nose, hives, or itching. And I am quite familiar with the bloating, pain, spasms, cramping, diarrhea, and constpation. I have had it at least four out seven days for the last 6 years. I keep a log of what I eat, but I really can't pin point it down to many foods. Just a few will give it to me every time, other foods may give it to me one time, but not the next. I am almost guaranteed to get it (D) every time I go out and eat, but once in a while I am pleasantly surprised not to have anything happen.
You have to ask for a referal to a ent dr or you're better off telling you regular dr. that you have been having really bad airborne allergies and you would like to see a specialist and then when you go to the specialist tell him about your other problems and then they will test you. they put a small amount if syrum in your arm of each thing they test you for so you get poked with needles alot but they are not too bad. The tests helped me so much and very accurate too. Eliminating would have never worked for me because I would have never eliminated stuff like corn syrup or soybean which are in many many things it's really too hard to try to figure this out on your own. All I know is when I follow a certain way of eating The pain nausea bloating nausea headaches and fatigue all start to go away. This is also the only way I can lose weight! The best of luck Diane
I've had food allergies for 4 years, and I've found that even when you think you are avoiding certain foods (milk, for example), they manage to sneak into your food anyway. Milk proteins show up in potato chips, soups, many packaged/boxed/prepared foods, breads, pastries, basically everywhere.
I also rarely visit the doctor, so I know how you feel. I was lucky enough to find a very good doctor once who put me on an elimination diet. A good doctor can tell you categories of foods to avoid and more importantly, where surprises may lurk.
With IBS, though, you can sometimes have very small amounts of these foods and be okay. I've noticed that if I've gone for a while without any episodes, I can tolerate more than I can if I've been having more trouble. (That might be why a certain food would give you problems one time and then not again--it may have been more that your stomach was still hurting and not because of the food.)
Some things I have to avoid:
*all milk products (including whey, sodium caseinate, etc.)
* anything with a lot of fat or grease
* spicy foods
* dark colas
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