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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:03 pm 
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I hate food! let me start there. It used to be somthing i enjoyed but now!
I have to aviod so much that I have even purchased toxins with out noticing. I use canned tomatoes and I made a recipe last night that i figured I could eat. Well after tossing in a can of tomatos I saw they ahd citric acid in them. Can't eat them. So I tried to fix my self somthing else to eat but found nothing. I could easily prepare. I pulled things out of my cabnet Item after Item I couldn't eat because of one ingrediant after another. I got so frustrated I just didn't eat. I accept my allergys and I am learning to live with them but somtimes I feel so defeated so raw and hurt that I want to cry and I do. I am hungry but I don't have the option of fixing anything to eat right now because I have granola cooking for my breakfast because the boxes i can buy are way to expensive. Hubby was going to grill and changed his mind so everyone is eating sandwiches. That is fine for them but hat about me????? I can't eat the lunch meat I am out of cucumbers and hubby ate all the chicken salad I could have eaten. I want to bang my head on the wall! :cry:

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Allergic to tons and tons of food as well as perfumes, scented air sprays and cleaners. Hubby to Fish, ds #2 Shellfish, youngest to Eggplant, potato, Caesin, Raw Tomato & spinach.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 7:09 pm 
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Oh my, I hope by now you've found something to eat!
Can you take some time maybe not tonight but soon, to go through your kitchen and read all of the labels? It may seem like a daunting task and you will probably find many foods that you need to put aside to use in recipes that you won't be eating (how about making and freezing some soups/stews to be used for school lunches?). Another option is to donate them to the local food bank.
Once you have stocked your kitchen with foods you can eat you will feel much more secure and it will ease the frustration.
Good luck!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 7:49 pm 
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Another *for the future* suggestion is to start canning (actually jarring) things yourself. Years ago my husband and I started making stewed tomatos. Part of the reason was not knowing what I was allergic to. Well, I have never come across any stewed tomatoes that i cannot eat, but we still do our own. I don't think it's any cheaper, but it's much tastier. We've also made jams, though we all like store bought better, so I stopped wasting the time and money.

I can now buy some safe breads -- but I still bake my own regularly anyway. Just because. :lol:

{{{hugs}}}

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 10:28 pm 
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It must be a big challenge for you. I hope things get a little easier for you soon. Currently I'm battling with everything in the cupboard makes me want to throw up :roll: .

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DD age 7 1/2 - milk, eggs, chicken, peanuts, treenuts, cats, dogs,
DS age 2 1/2
Husband- asthma, eggs, treenuts, fish, shellfish environmental
Self - penicillan, eurithromiacin, mild laytex allergy.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:00 am 
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Yes Hubby and I are going to buy a freezer this tax return.

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Allergic to tons and tons of food as well as perfumes, scented air sprays and cleaners. Hubby to Fish, ds #2 Shellfish, youngest to Eggplant, potato, Caesin, Raw Tomato & spinach.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:05 pm 
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Dealing with a lot of allergies when cooking for a family would be hard and frustrating, I'm sure! I hear you about not being able to find anything to prepare easily . . . . I also avoid corn-derived ingredients (among other allergens) . . .I find it take a lot of time just to cook for myself. I cook absolutely everything from scratch.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:03 pm 
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I've found my twin!...Unfortunately/furtunately?...I seriously thought I was a rare sideshow phenomenon with all my allergies (some rare ones I was told, in particular)...I should say food intolerances....sorry...I still feel like you most of the time Momofhalfadozen...

Too discouraged and scare to get tested and be told nothing is wrong with me, except my head (as the first allergy specialist told me for peanuts/nuts/sesame, about 10 years ago...)...

I have various degrees of reactions to: GLuten, soy, corn, sesame, nuts (pretty much all...), apples, rice, peas, dust mites, the sulfamide family of antibiotics ( two genuine allergies), "natural flavouring", sulfites, lactose (actually all milk products now)...and I probably forget a couple more...and I stay away from all legumes...

Due to migraines and muscle problems caused by acidic food, I stay away or should, from: bananas, citrus, tomatoes, cafeine, grapes, peaches, apricots, spinach, etc, and many other acidic food (you wouldn't believe how many innocent looking ones there are out there...)...

I must go for bio/organic/"old fashioned handmade" made foods, otherwhise there' s trouble for me...

I have lost, over my summer, over 35 pounds...mostly for fear of eating, leftover pain, discomfort and exhaustion from too many allergic reactions or frustration of not finding anything quick to fix myself when there is plenty for my family but almost none for me...I do, too, still often chose to "forget it" in those times...

In all...I'd much rather deal with the Hypoglicemia symptoms, than deal with allergy syptoms...

Hoping to find help and advice here amoung you all...

Loumana


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:30 pm 
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I am curious Loumana, about this allergist whom you saw 10 years ago.
1. Did he/she do a skin test?
2. RAST?
3. Oral challenge?
4. Qualifications regarding psychology?

Both skin prick tests and RAST scores can be incorrect. This is why the gold standard is an oral challenge. Without doing a double blind food challenge, he/she would have no basis to give you such a diagnosis.

Every profession has its' good and bad. Why don't you get a second opinion? It would be a shame to go through life in agony because of one persons opinion.

Ten years is a long time to go without being checked out.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:05 pm 
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Hi, _Susan_,

I had a skin test on the arms (the dust mite came out real strong, really fast, the sulfas, I had a bad reaction, swelling and rash after taking Bactrim, doctor at clinic ordered me to throw out the stuff and to tell my pharmacist to note it down in my file).

I'm not sure what a Rast Test is...and I think he did a blood test for the peanuts....I never had an oral challenge (found out what if was about 2 weeks ago...shaking at the thought of needing one...)

What were his qualifications regarding psychology?...hum...not sure...He basically told me you were either be born with a food allergy or you weren't...That you couldn't develop one just like that...especially at my age...He would'nt really tell me to my face that it had to be in my head, but kept saying, I was too old to develop actual food allergy...

I'm not one to hold a grudge...except when I'm not taken seriously and made to feel, like I should have my head examined instead of wasting my time (and theirs...) in doctor's offices...(which I don't...)

I know it's been a long time...that I should get over it and demand to get tested again...I just can't seem to be able just yet to let myself trust doctors or allergists...Especially since I being treated right now by a naturopath who has helped me stabilize my immune system's reaction to food, and a kinesitherapist for a back and shoulder injuries...He helped me pinpoint the possible gluten allergy...I need a GP and an allergist that will be open to alternative medicine...No way, I'm letting those two go!!!!....But, so far, no GP I saw feels to be that open minded...And that GP is the first link...

I'm off work now (contract came to end), I know it is now time to call up friends and family and shop around with their advice...

But I still live with the constant fear of developing a new allergy to an "old food"...that is what happened to me all summer...

Thanks for your interest...

Loumana


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:52 pm 
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Yes I know excatly how you feel!!!! Loumana. I am starting to think I am allergic to corn. I know that I can not eat popcorn anymore. I get horrid cramps, headache and I feel like I have the flu. It is not an ana reaction thought for that I am thankful.

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Allergic to tons and tons of food as well as perfumes, scented air sprays and cleaners. Hubby to Fish, ds #2 Shellfish, youngest to Eggplant, potato, Caesin, Raw Tomato & spinach.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:58 pm 
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I get something like that with a lot of food...some I also get trouble breathing...Ha....the smell of popcorn...But I think what I have most trouble with, with when my daughters and husband start feeling gulity about me not being able to eat dessert for exemple...My sweethearts feel so bad for me sometimes....


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:09 am 
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My husband looked in the cabnit tonight and asked where the snacks where. I said well... there in there. He says where? I said bottom shelf. He looked at me and said I'm sorry I forgot you had all those allergies. I looked at him almost crying and said I'll cook you somthing if you like. He get frustrated and then thinks about the fact that I can't eat it and gets over it but its an everyday battle here. :roll:

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Allergic to tons and tons of food as well as perfumes, scented air sprays and cleaners. Hubby to Fish, ds #2 Shellfish, youngest to Eggplant, potato, Caesin, Raw Tomato & spinach.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:19 am 
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Loumana said
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He basically told me you were either be born with a food allergy or you weren't...That you couldn't develop one just like that...especially at my age...

Well, there's your problem! he is miss-informed. You can develop allergies.

I'd say ask for a referral to someone who knows about food allergies. Is there a support group nearby that you can get the name of a good allergist from?

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I sympathize, Karen! I really think it can be harder in some ways to be diagnosed as an adult. I know for me, there was a real mental adjustment that is still on-going. A few times, I have had to check my bracelet to remember the whole list! I'll remember the corn and tree nuts, then five minutes later, I will be flagging down a waitress or something and saying 'oh, wait, I remembered something else!' I have to make everything from scratch now (corn starch/corn oil is in so many things!) and just be really careful. And I still have problems. I am dealing with the last little bit of a small reaction today (itchiness, chapped lips that will not clear up, but no sores, thankfully) and just wracking my brain trying to think of what might have caused it. I don't remember eating anything differently...

Maybe take an afternoon, go to the nearest major reference library and scan some cookbooks for few ideas of treats which might be safe for you? Then you can have a stash on-hand of stuff to eat when you want to not feel deprived. I just got 'How to Cook Everything Vegetarian' by Mark Bittman and I am really enjoying it so far. His recipes are simple and use few ingredients, but unlike most cookbooks of that type, he does not really on convenience foods or overly processed fake foods.

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My husband was like that too a few months ago, Karen,...He would do the entire groceries and forget about me....there was to a point, when I started reacting to apples and rice, where he would be in complete disbelief...It was just too much for him to grasp..those are such easily digestible food!...

Well, one day, I had one horrific reaction, so bad, I was shaking, shivering (despite blanket, wool sweater,e tc.) and gasping for air...all my musles were aching and I thought my bones were going to break...And I'm not saying how my stomach felt...It was like wy entire body was going into shock...like world war 3 had been declared inside me...I know sorta lost it at times...

That is when I discovered all the medecine I used to take to help me when I was not feeling well, were in fact making sick...All solid caplets such as Lactaid, Antihistimines, etc, are bonded with corn starch...cold Sirups or liquid cold medicines contain corn siup. And all gelcaps such as Advil and tylenol, are made of vegetable cellulose, wich my body reacts to...So that dayI sort of had an overdose of allergens....And rice was definetely the primary trigger of it all....

Since then, my husband understands, and is very attentive to my needs, asks questions, and wants to understand...Doesn't argue anymore (or so little...) when I say something is not right with something I ate....but still has a relaps misreading labels...He feels so bad when it happens...

So hang in there...your husband will get used to it too...It takes times to developp new thinking habits and new routines...I still find myself looking at labels of corn chips or tortillas...before mentally calling myself stupid....With allergies to corn, soy (so vegetable oil, and soy lecithin), nuts, peanuts and sesame, all snacks and junks are off limits for me...No more chocolate, chips, candy....It does get tough some nights especially...

Your post is one of the first one I read Karen, It conforted me to realize I was not the only one having a hate/fear relationship with food...

thanks....and hang on...

France


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