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 Post subject: A change in Allergies
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:31 pm 
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So I went to the allergist last week and things have changed. I am wondering if or how to explain the cant have oh now I can situation.
This is how it goes. About 20 yrs ago went to an allergist (now retired doc) he had tested me with most spots reacting and mellon at a 4*** (any numbers I have seen have always been 0-4) I had never reacted to any mellon but having reacted to nuts I really did not want a reaction so I quit mellons100%. Move ahead 10 years and the new allergist looks at the sheet from the former allergist and says not possible to be allergic to so much and wants to test me again. Full arm of tests no pn/tn/coconut or shellfish. I know these for sure and they will mess my arm too fast. Again too many reacted and he sent me away only to come back in two weeks to do this again. Now this time they accidently test for cashew aswell what a mess that makes. He even gave his little nurse the what for, right in front of me because she was not to be testing any nuts. (not appropriate)
So leaving this appt. I am now told Mellon no problem but Pork and Oatmeal "DO NOT EAT" I even said but I eat pork and i'm fine. He said "Oh no eat chicken or beef" Once again being afraid to have a reaction to something eventhough I had'nt before kept me from eating it for the last 10 yrs!
So then enters Allergic Living and all I have read here (you educate me) and I got to thinking that I have been trusting the "specialists" and not what I have been reacting to.
Last week went to yet another allergist (once every 10 yrs I guess) and we tested for Pork and Oatmeal it showed 0! Dang I am blinking back tears again. Even in costco this a.m. as I saw oatmeal cereal and bacon carbonara in the freezer I had to blink tears :oops:
I have yet to try either will take time 10 years of not having still kinda scarry to try.
Any ways my question is I don't want it to sound like I randomly pick things I don't feel like eating and say I am allergic to it. (I loved pork and oatmeal) What about someone who thinks I cant have pork only to see me eating it. I can already hear the "I thought you said you were allergic to that"?

:abduct I am just dizzy with all of this. Thanks for letting me blab. :?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:53 pm 
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Oh, paige H. This must be so confusing for you. :huggy

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:22 pm 
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Sigh* :huggy

Do you remember what originally reacted to? Can you do an oral challenge in the allergist's office? What about RAST (blood) testing for the many items you seem to be allergic to? Maybe you can test them (oral challenge) one at a time. What do you tell those who recall you being allergic to a food you can now eat? "Yes, I was allergic but it seems I've outgrown that allergy."

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:19 am 
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I think it becomes very confusing when you are told you are 'allergic' to something based only on your spt (when you are eating it without reaction).
My son is sensitised to many things that he has been spt'd to (large welt but can eat them without allergic reaction).
He also DOES out grow many of the things has is obviously reacted to with either anaphylaxis or facial swelling. In the last year he has been food challenged to sesame (passed) walnut (passed) and soy (passed). He has also developed new allergies along the way (the most recent anaphylaxis to fresh pineapple).
So...yes...you need to say to people that 'finally Ive out grown that-its fantastic being able to eat it again'
Our school keeps a very open mind with my son as his allergies can be different from one term to the next.

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:53 pm 
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Thanks ladies for the :huggy
When explaining to someone "Yes I was allergic to that, but I have outgrown the allergy" I just don't want people to think, It is just that easy. I know I will not suddenly outgrow my nut allergy. I don't want it to seem no big deal. Like sometimes you have an allergy sometime you don't. A severe allergy is serious. They accidently tested for pn and that mark hived up asap. Even when all the other marks were gone the red mark from pn was still there a day and a 1/2 later.
On a possitive note I had one pouch of Oatmeal today for breaky. :happydance YUM all good, that was six hours ago no problems. I will try it a few times before I have any pork so if I do react I will know what the reaction is to.
Susan to answer your question about what I reacted to Salmon for this visit and I wanted to ask about the pork and oatmeal. The appointment 10 years ago they did the rast (blood) testing and he did not give me the results of that saying they were not acurate.
We did discuss the salmon issue here in another thread I was saying I thought salmon was fine for me so why the reaction. Thinking since it was caught in the ocean ?? I understand it feeds of off shellfish?? and that I am allergic to.
This appointment salmon was a 0 for reaction. I am a little leary to eat it. My reaction was (how do I say this nice) throw up Big Time. The allergist said he likes to see more than that as a reaction. :dungetit
I also reacted to some other types of fish 2, tuna 2 and egg 2 at this appointment . Now I eat both tuna and egg with no reactions and I am not going to stop. I hope that is the right decision.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:08 pm 
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I can understand your frustration. For me it depends on variables such as the amount and types of pollens in the air as well as to how close it is to getting my allergy shots if I can eat certain foods. In the winter I cant eat any fruit but right now as long as I wait a few days after getting my shots I can eat berries only. Any other fruit and I get almost instant upset stomach and diarrea. I also had skin tests showing a positive for cod and rast showing negative.

lately I get short of breath when I eat anything with sesame seeds or oil. The allergist told me to do my own skin test for it and told me how but the pollens have been so bad here I have to wait until I can stop taking antihistamines for a few days to try it.

Also as a form of insurance my allergist told me to take an antihistamine before I eat out anywhere to minimize the risk of a serious reaction or oral allergy being bothersome.

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