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 Post subject: Somewhat New Here
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:58 am 
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I posted this message in the adult-onset section of this forum. I've been dealing wtih multiple food allergies since at least 2005. I was not thrilled to have finally discovered that I had food allergies. The only one I suspected was an allergy to dairy products--I experienced problems with dairy since my teenage years--I'm now 44.

I had been getting shots for my environmental allergies--I'm allergic to everything that goes airborne (Trees, grass, dog, cat, mold, ragweed, dust mites.) I was not getting much better, so I had a full battery of allergy testing. I reacted to so many things--green peas, lima beans, chocolate, milk/dairy, soy/soybeans, wheat, egg whites, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, almonds.) In addition to the milk allergy, I also am lactose intolerant. I reacted to so many things that my body could not handle it--I ended up in the ER with severe allergic reactions and had to have an IV of Bendaryl and and IV of prednisone. Peas were my favorite vegetable and I ate peanuts and cashews regularly without reacting before the testing. I also ate chocolate my whole life. Now if I eat these items (except peas) I have reactions ranging from just facial flushing to serious allergic reactions includiing angiodema.

I think my lifetime with excema may have had something to do with allergies.

Now I can only have blood tests to determine allergies. My skin is probably too sensitive to the small injections of allergens and was probably the reason my system got overwhelmed. I carry an epipen along with benadryl, prenisone, lactaid, and phenyl-bromph pills.


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 Post subject: Re: Somewhat New Here
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:29 am 
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Hi rsox34 and welcome!
Sorry to hear of the challenges you are going through and the reactions...it is always so scary. It seems you have several families of foods that you are reacting to: dairy, nuts, legumes. There are also a few others like the chocolate. I'm curious, who is following you and recommending that you do all of this testing? It is odd that you say you have eaten many of these things without issue but then have pretty bad reactions when you do the testing. Something is going haywire in your body. You say you have had issues with dairy since your teens. Was it also lactose-intolerant type symptoms (gastro symptoms)? Did it help when you took Lactaid or other enzymes? Did you have other symptoms when you consumed dairy or has it gotten worse over the years?
Multiple food allergies are always so hard and it's not really welcome as an adult when you've already settled in to your likes and dislikes in terms of food and all of a sudden be faced with having to change your diet.
Get back to me. I'd love to give you whatever advice I have as I'm sure others will too!

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 Post subject: Re: Somewhat New Here
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:41 pm 
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I decided to have more testing after a few years of immunotheraphy for my environmental allergies and not experiencing much improvement. So, I had a full battery of skin prick tests up and down my arms and on my back. I reacted to so many substances, I ended up in the ER to get IV's of prednisone and benadryl.

Most of my reactions to dairy products were the lactose intolerant type--gastro-intestinal in nature. However, I've had major allergic symptoms to dairy--nausea, vomitting, hives from the top of my head to the balls of my feet, angiodema, low blood pressure after consuming apple cream pie, which my family used to have during holiday periods. I would end up in the hospital to get treated for a major allergic reaction.

Lactaid helps me control any gastro reactions to lactose that I may ingest. I try to avoid milk/dairy products as much as possible, but dair is in so many items.

Unfortunately, I am a walking human medical specimen--I have numerous health issues: Diabetes, Hydrocephalus, large Arachnoid Cyst, Irregular Heart Rhythm caused by the Arachnoid Cyst, hiatal hernia, and Schatzki's Ring in my upper GI. I've also dealt with Depression and Anxiety.

I recently stopped immuntherapy for my airborne allergies--My IgE levels improved, but I never felt any better.


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 Post subject: Re: Somewhat New Here
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:52 pm 
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Do you have an allergist that is following you?

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 Post subject: Re: Somewhat New Here
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:31 pm 
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Yes, I have an allergist who regularly follows me. Dr. Thomas Johnson in North Andover, MA is my allergist amd also my primary care doctor. I also have my endocrinologist and cardiologist in the same building.


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 Post subject: Re: Somewhat New Here
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:56 pm 
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Hmm...I have the most experience with allergies, though I do not know a bit about diabetes and anxiety/depression as well. I will say that one thing that might be helpful is to talk to your allergist about suggesting a nutritionist. Since there are several issues you are dealing with and everything is related it is important to make sure new changes don't negatively affect any of your other conditions. If you have a proper base of foods that can nourish you while you are trying to work through what you are/aren't allergic to, you can hopefully get your body to calm down a bit.

I'm thinking maybe your doctor should suggest an elimination diet...did he ever talk to you about that? Sometimes that helps to quiet the body while you determine, group by group what is or is not a culprit. Obviously, the nutrionist would come in handy because you still need to properly minitor the diabetes.

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 Post subject: Re: Somewhat New Here
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:25 pm 
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Hi and welcome! Wow, those are long lists of allergies and other medical issues. I second Lisa's suggestion to be referred to a dietician for nutritional counselling. Diabetes can be difficult with out the added challenge of a restricted diet.

My family is currently avoiding milk as well as egg, peanuts, most legumes and all tree nuts. I find that dairy is not as challenging as the egg. Once you find a few key products, you will find it isn't that hard to live without the dairy.

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