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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:22 pm 
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Many people diagnosed with allergies as an adult say that they can see some signs looking back. Either that particular food always made them feel not good, or they always hated it.

But, for me I grew up eating the two foods that I am now allergic to and they never caused me problems. I ate huge bags of peanuts quite regularly. And I lived on Big Mac's through my teens.

I still clearly remember the first time I developed itchy bumps. There were three. I'm not positive if that was my first actual reaction, or if (as I suspect) it was flea bites which somehow messed up my immune system. But, from that day forward, I started to have allergic reactions to food.

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Don't waste your time telling me I'm crazy. Flea bites don't cause food allergies -- that doesn't matter. It fits.

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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 6:00 pm 
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Interesting about the flea bites - wait till you read our Summer issue and the role of ticks. You will feel vindicated.

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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 6:12 pm 
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I started having problems with shrimp about 5 years before the "big event" at ER.

But I always thought it was something else: migraine (which I get) or a sauce that didn't agree.
Even once after a shrimp cocktail on visit to Central America led me to understand the term "projectile vomiting" (ahem, how pretty),
I thought it was an issue with the sea bass that I'd eaten.

The difference with the 'big event' was that I had hives and full-bore wheezing - right after eating shrimp. A-ha moment.
No aversion to shrimp though; loved it. Miss it still.

With peanut, I was sick to my stomach several times, right back to childhood.
Again never put it together until finally one day - anaphylaxis to a satay sauce.
I had developed an aversion to it.

Must say, I always find these media articles about how many "think they have" allergies both frustrating and vaguely amusing. (My black humour streak.)
For all these supposed "wannabe" allergics, have to wonder how many more are like me and were (or are) completely in denial about the fact gastro symptoms are food allergies.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:33 am 
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The short of it: The signs were always there. Milk I always knew I was not supposed to drink, but try telling that to an abusive and ignorant parent or doctor who doesn't understand what "nausea" means. Oh, its was just the 'flu'. :freak That was my Mom's answer to EVERTYTHING! Psychosomosis was the learned response to everything if they knew I had a traumatic childhood. Unfortunately, the learned wasn't correct either, but I did give it my best to make them correct. :rofl Severe cramping when ever I ate raw carrots, onions (raw/cooked), nausea has been there forever.

Actually, when I was a kid, I even thought that my reaction to foods was because of the stress in my life without anyone telling me this. I became so used to nausea and stress that I just never thought anymore about it until the symptoms got worse and not ignorable. Things started actually coming up. Throat started burning, shutting (Iitchee nut).

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:22 am 
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I have got to say that reading these topics is really interesting. I am still confused whether I have an allergy or intolerance, but I have always had symptoms similar to Gwen's - migrains (I remember getting them at 8 years old), GI symptoms, delayed respiratory symptoms, I continually felt like I had a cold and I got hives on occasion from an unknown source. I figured it out with a food introduction diet 15 years ago, when I would eat a 2 lb block of cheese every week - I went off of everything except rice, fruit and veggies and when I reintroduced dairy I would start sniffling and get a scratchy throat a few hours later. Now it appears that I have a threshold, I can eat a small amount without any symptoms.

When I brought it up with my first doctor she said it was an allergy, that it obviously wasn't serious but to stay away from dairy. The second doctor said it was an allergy and sent me to a dietician, but I didn't need allergy testing and I wasn't a risk for anaphylaxis. I wonder if I should bring it up with my current doctor...

I am beginning to wonder, based on all that I have read here if I am truly at risk for anaphylaxis and why I have never been referred to an allergist? If I am truly at risk, I would not cheat at all, but it seems no doctor wants to explain anything about allergies and the why and how... I've read all there is to read it seems and I am still confused!!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:50 pm 
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I'd recommend seeing an allergist specialist, because they can answer all your questions, and really are the only people who can say whether its likely to go into anaphylactic shock or not or whether they'd call it an allergy or intolerance.

In my case, my doctor looked at the trend of how I was reacting to food, looked at my stress levels, and many other factors to determine the likelyhood of me going into shock. He also considered Asthma, hypo-glycemia, IBS, and more recently Celiac Disease, plus family history. Every case is different, and an expert is usually the one to ask regardless. However, given the other posts I've read, if you don't like what one expert is telling you, you can always get a 2nd and 3rd opinion.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:53 am 
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Hiebs-Go see an allergist! :huggy

Allergic_Vegetarian-I want to say that I'm sorry you had such a difficult childhood but I think that may be an understatement. You are obviously a strong person! :huggy to you too!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:42 am 
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_Susan_ wrote:
Hiebs-Go see an allergist! :huggy

Allergic_Vegetarian-I want to say that I'm sorry you had such a difficult childhood but I think that may be an understatement. You are obviously a strong person! :huggy to you too!


Thanks! :huggy It is a bit of an understatement but I don't mind because I joke about that very thing myself (saying huge understatements about my past and laughing). :rofl My parents are MUCH better now then they were back then. Dad is still clueless, but is slowly coming around. He no longer tries to feed me onion, meat and chicken. Me having to now carry an Epi-pen scared him a little I think. He won't really talk about it. :roll: I wouldn't want him to have to help me anyways. I only trust my Sister.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:19 am 
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[quote="Allergic_Vegetarian] I ...trust my Sister.[/quote]
:D Glad you have someone watching your back!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:49 pm 
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So am I. :D She's been very good at teaching me too! I'm much more accurate now in avoiding foods or other products I can't have when I shop for myself.

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