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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:19 pm 
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Location: Québec, Canada
Hello everybody,

I am a mother of 3 beatiful and talented girls between 16 and almost 11 years old. As I've had issues with some food since my adolescence, most of my food intolerances/allergies are brand new... Developped most of them over last summer...I turned 40 a month and a half ago

I still feel like Momofhalfadozen (who's post is one of the first I read here) most of the time...

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, lobster, dust mites, the sulfamide family of antibiotics ( two genuine allergies), "natural flavouring", sulfites, lactose (actually all milk products now)...the "gelcaps" that covers most pain relievers, and I stay away from all legumes...

Due to migraines, possible allergic reactions or muscle problems caused by acidic food, I stay away or should, from: all sea food, salmon, 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...And when ther is, there no medicine of any kind that I've found so far safe 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 think much rather deal with the Hypoglicemia symptoms, than deal with new allergic reactions or symptoms...

I know some probably have it even worse than me, bu still hoping to find help and advice here amoung you all...

Loumana


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:36 pm 
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Wow, those are a lot of foods to avoid.
Intolerance or allergy, either way (at least until you get around to being tested) you might want to consult a dietican regarding such a limitted diet.
Good luck.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:06 pm 
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Looking up for a dietician is also on my to do list during my "vacation"...Thanks for reminding me _Susan_...

Loumana


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:24 am 
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Loumana, I sympathize! I was diagnosed at 28. Nobody would take me seriously at all, fr two years, I was having horrible skin problems (a pharmacist actually recoiled in horror once when I went in to try and find some stronger creams!) and was repeatedly told it was only eczema. I kept saying I have had that, know what it looks like, and this is something different, and nobody believed me. Finally, I put some clues together, had a hunch and made them test me. And even so, they were pretty casual about it until I had an anaphylactic reaction to apples (which I had eaten many times without incident in the previous 28 years f my life!) And there were some financial issues too...adults really do have a different adjustment to this than children do.

Hang in there! I find reading the boards here very helpful when I feel down about things. And I have saved an unbelievable amount on my grocery bill now that I cannot buy any convenience foods, frozen foods or snack foods :)

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Misc (pollen, grass, mold, dogs, cats)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:44 am 
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Location: Québec, Canada
Thanks for the support ficbot!...This is THE first forum where I am actually not the only one with multiple allergies....I've just realized I've been reading here for the past three hours!...I've been getting a lot of understanding and sound advice already...

It is true, that groceries is more expansive now because I have to buy almost exclusively organic now....but I've never eaten healthier meals in my life....They just lack variety...Still afraid to develop new allergies to what I call "old foods", or food I've eaten all my life like you...

I should get to bed....Not working tomorrow, but must take my little princess/ballerina to the bus stop early...

thanks again ficbot!...

France


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:24 am 
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Location: Montreal, QC
Hello France,

Glad you found this forum!!!
I'm sure you'll find support here.
Hang in there!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:22 pm 
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Hi France! One thing that has made me sad, I lived in a great area with a ton of ethnic grocery stores, and I am just scared to try all of those exotic fruits now. I used to love fruit, and before all of this happened, that would have been really fun for me, trying all of those fruits. Now, I am very skittish about new or unusual foods because I don't know what will happen. I don't even have any assurances about what will happen with foods I have eaten before! I mean, why would apples have been fine for more than twenty years, and then all of a sudden, no? I was talking about this with my doctor, I said that logically, it just seems like something must have triggered it, something must be different now because it just makes no sense why something that used to be fine is suddenly not, so what happened? And he said if they could answer that question, they could solve the whole thing. I guess we just have to make the best of it, I suppose. But it can be hard sometimes, to think that my only experience from now on with apples will be in pie or sauce, and that I can't enjoy something like a raw peach anymore---canned peaches just are not the same!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:20 am 
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Salut France,

Welcome and don't despair. With adult multiple allergies, the hardest part is figuring out what is and ISN'T triggering (so you can keep eating and keep healthy). Lots of us have been where you are - and I'm happy to tell you that you can get past the point of reacting to so many foods.

Been there, too. At one point my allergist stuck me on daily Reactine, just to settle my immune system down.

I agree with Susan - need a dietitian for sure. And would get into an allergist soonest, many are excellent. Keep a good journal of what your reactions are. History is as important as the testing for the allergist to try to sort through.

Again welcome, and hope we can help you through this troublesome time. It sure helps to know what you have to avoid.

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