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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:01 pm 
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I was born with food allergies and at age 3 developed asthma. Growing up I did not have any food allergy issues, just very bad asthma. In my early 30's I got very sick lost a lot
of weight, down to less than 100 lbs. They put me on medicine for crohns, as my symptoms are vomiting and diareah causing severe inflammation from my esophogus to my rectum, but that did not help. I thought it may be food allergies as I has some when I was very little. My doctor dismissed the possible diagnosis. I went forward and found and allergy doctor that did work with persons with food allergies. I was tested and have so many allergies it is impossible to avoid them all so I was given Nalcrom (sodium chromoglycate 200 mg to take about 20 min before meals. This worked for quite a while,now in my mid 40's and they have changed and I am having a very difficult time finding out which foods I can't eat even when taking the medication. I have pinpointed pistachio nuts, oatmeal, and soy, but am in desperate need for a diet of sorts to find out what else. I am sick frequently and feel I must be allergic to several items I eat on a daily basis. That is the interesting part, as I eat very different from day to day. If it also helps I am severe lactose intolerant and cannot even drink the lacose free milk that says it is 99.99% lactose free. I still have to take additional lactaid in order to tolerate.

Does anyone out there know of an elimination diet i can use to find what foods are causing my distress?

I have recently started to try only eating a small number of ingredients
a day (under 5) to try to find the culprits to know avail. Also if it is at all helpful. I think some of my daily headaches are caused by allergies as well. But most of my headaches I think are caused by TMJ and I am scheduled to see a specialist this month for that. Could the TMJ be causing the nausea? and that is why I cannot discover a pattern?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:49 am 
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Hi, Dwranch

I am 51 and started having problems when I was about 29. A doctor failed to find anything wrong with me when I had lost alot of weight. This was after 3 visists and several expensive tests. I was given a diet to follow to get enough calories each day.
Then, after missing alot of work, I was in danger of losing my job. I decided to leave the job and move back to the area I grew up .
The diet wasn't working. I would get up not feeling well, have diareah, and call in sick. A few hours later, I would feel normal again.

Someone was telling me about their allergies. One symptom was hearing problems. I had that. I bought a book on allergies and started to learn what I could. The book had food elimination diets. I took short cuts to the long drawn out process and just tried not having eggs.

This helped. Then I was sick again. I had to learn eggs were in cake, pies, and billions of other things.

I found other foods to stop eating, too. Legumes, peanuts, corn, and chicken.


You mentioned lactose intolerance. Some have milk allergy that is to a protein in milk. Not the lactose. Milk is used in alot of foods.

Maybe that is the problem. You could check ingredients of everything you eat that day.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:23 am 
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Have you considered Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

http://www.medicinenet.com/eosinophilic ... rticle.htm
or
http://foodallergies.about.com/od/diagn ... philic.htm

I would be hesitant to try an elimination diet without strict guideance from a qualified professional (registered dietician or allergist with much experience). Lack of proper nutrition can cause a whole host of symptoms which can add confusion when trying to make a diagnosis.

Good luck! :D

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:38 am 
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Hi
thank you for all your help. The information has been helpful and I am slowly starting to feel a difference. Thanks. Margot


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