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Any Food Allergies And How To Figure It Out?
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Hey I am trying to figure out if I have more allergies. I am on an elimination diet but it sucks because it seems I am allergic to many things. I have been ill for so long that i feel like i am making it up or overreacting. Can you tell me your allergies how you figured them out and what symptoms you get when you eat them?

Thank you so much for you help.

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I have not been able to figure out much from an elimination diet. I guess I am just too busy to keep accurate enough records...I am allergic to soy. which I found out from a RAST bloodtest for the top 8 allergens. I wish they had tested me for more, since I suspect other foods are causing a reaction. My reaction to soy is total body itching. It is most severe on my back, arms and face, but it also affects my legs, hands, etc...

I also suspect that I have problems with MSG, I try to avoid it since it seems to give me headaches and make me feel weird. Also, I have not been able to properly digest pork, or beef. So I limit these foods as much as possible, and take digestive enzymes when I eat them occasionally. Most citrus foods bother my digestion.

I am considering the York Allergy IgG food intolerance test. I just don't ever get around to spending the money on it, but I might do it soon. I just get frustrated, because if it turns out there are a lot of foods I should avoid, and I feel better when I eliminate them, then I will feel obligated to order the tests for my children, since I want to keep them feeling their best also, and then the price goes way up. :unsure: So you can sort of see why I am hesitant. I can't just do a test for me and have it decide what I feed the family, since every one of us is different and might have different foods we can/can't eat...

I hope you are able to figure out what is bothering you soon.

God bless,

Mariann

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Using the elimiation diet has really helped me...so sick for so long, now when I make a mistake I realize how truely horrible I used to feel all the time. Either that or my reactions are getting worse. What I have discovered using the elimination diet (I already knew about lactose, casien, and MSG):

- Lactose

- Casien

- MSG

- Soy beans

- Peanuts

- Almonds

- Garbonzo beans

- Vinegar

- Yeast

- Gluten

- Corn

I know there is more I have not been able to "pin down" yet since I still run into problems and I still run a fever a LOT but at least I feel better and I do have a little more energy. Boy, when something hits now, I am OUT!!! I have also just about eliminated cafine - down to 1 1/2 cups of half-caf coffee in the AM only.

I am also wondering about Palm Oil (solid) which I use in place of Crisco for baking. Olive oil is fine but I am also wondering about Canola Oil.

My oldest son is showing similar problems but not with as many things yet.

Good luck...Kate

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Oops - I forgot to add symptoms. They vary: fever, joint pain, swollen glands, lethargy, gas, bloating, cramping, dh, etc. starting within 30 minutes. Sometimes it takes days for my stomach to get better and in the meantime everything I eat makes me sick to some degree.

-Kate

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You have to be very strict and take impecable notes to make the elimination diet work, and even then... it's hard! I retested things I was uncertain of. An allergist may be able to help you pin down the real allergies.

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