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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:00 pm 
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Helen, once again you are absolutely right! I was put on a lower dose. I guess that means it will take even longer to reach maintance. They told me to get used to seeing their faces. I could get used to looking at one of the assistants they have there, he is adorable! Anyway, I really hope your biopsy goes well. I wish you the best of luck! Are you just having the endoscopy, or are they going to invade both ends of your body?

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Good to hear that the allergy shots are going well. I'm not sure how regular allergy shots work....is the maintenance dose the highest dose that you just stay on for the rest of the shots?

With the preseasonal grass and ragweed pollen mix I'm getting, there are three doses--one in a green vial, one in yellow, one in red. The doctor is probably going to keep me on the yellow. And at this point, people usually go in every other week, but he doesn't think that is a good idea in my case--I have to go in every week.

I haven't seen the GI specialist yet (my appointment is next week). There was a 3 month waiting list and while waiting I managed to get the reflux under control with dietary changes so I don't know if he is going to want to explore the eosonophilic esophagitis idea (sp?) anymore....but it is down in my medical notes as something that could bear discussing. I am going to ask about celiac disease. I asked my allergist and he said "you don't have celiac." But the thing is he never asked me *why* I was wondering about celiac. First appointments with specialists are generally a bit longer than subsequent appointments (and they get paid more the first time) so I think there is a good chance that I will get to ask my questions.


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Hi, Helen and Shai.

I've had lifelong multiple food and environmental allergies, including several triggers of anaphylaxis. Now, it looks like I might also have eosinophilic gastritis and/or esophagitis myself. It's been suspected for a few years, but this week, there was some new information. I saw both my allergist and my internist, and they're looking into it further. One of the first tips was that over the past few years, during allergy seasons, I've developed terrible gastrointestinal symptoms, and my bloodwork showed elevated eosinophils during those times, which simply vanished after allergy season.

There is new research (on Medline) about the mechanism by which food and environmental allergens can affect the gastrointestinal system. Food allergies are obvious triggers, but the pollens are something that some allergists don't yet know about. I'm glad that my symptoms are being looked into.

My latest symptoms also coincided with my pre-season ragweed injections, but the local reaction was minimal, so it's probably just a coincidence in time.

If you can't find the Medline references, I'll try to point you to them.

Best,

Andrea


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:12 am 
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Thanks for the info, Andrea. I'm undecided about what to do about my GI appt...I raised the celiac flag during the appt. and the GI specialist thinks that I have an intolerance to gluten...but he is going to check for celiac...as well as for eosophinilic esophagitis (sp?) and for something else.... the whole procedure sounds rather unpleasant.

I'm back on rye and barley so the GI doctor can tell if I have celiac....rye sometimes makes my throat and mouth itchy (but it is very, very mild....barely perceptible but definitely there). I do have some GI symptoms that were absent when off gluten....so celiac is a possibility...but, I wonder if it is just from wheat cross contamination (all barley and rye is x-contam. with wheat).

I might not go through with it. I'm still weighing the pros and cons. I'm actually not that concerned about ee anymore.....the acid reflux problems subsided with dietary changes (but I've been having some more acid reflux lately.)

But I'd be interested in reading those articles referenced on Medline....I'll look into it. Never thought of pollen allergies causing GI symptoms, but it makes sense. I know (from experience) that during the spring and late summer seasonal allergies affect my ears sometimes (inner ears get itchy) + my throat and mouth (mouth gets coated, throat gets itchy, I think I get the occasional throat infection).


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