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#16 weluvgators

 
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:42 PM

You may also want to check out catsmeow posts about introducing Zantac to help with her wheat allergy. We have found it helpful to work with a doctor group that specialises in gluten intolerance, in addition to our other doctors (as they each seem to figure out different pieces). The gluten intolerance doctors were able to identify a complicating infection for one of us, and we have been very pleased that they seem to have been able to expedite our healing in this process.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:01 PM

Thank you all for your very generous replies. I am just now reading and will respond in the morning. Very grateful. :)
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:18 AM

Weluvgators is quite right. I overlooked this aspect of your posts. I haven't had allergy testing done yet, but am finding that zyrtec (in liquid form, which is lactose free) is very helpful in reducing the severity of symptoms, whether it is just addressing the minor daily aches and pains and sinus issues, or the extreme nausea and vomiting of a glutening. It seems to help with both. Zantac helps too. I find the latter is better if I have acid pain in my stomach (which is now unusual for me), and zyrtec better if there is no acid pain.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:43 AM

am finding that zyrtec (in liquid form, which is lactose free) is very helpful in reducing the severity of symptoms


Ooohh, thanks for sharing this note. I have been using liquid only because that is what we always have on hand since I am dealing with kids. I recently got tablet form because it seems easier to always keep it in my purse or to just carry it in my pocket (so much smaller!) . . . but I have not yet trialed the tablet form. I also appreciate that I can do smaller dosing with the liquid form, as that is usually enough to get me over the edge of a reaction (we use it for respiratory/asthma and skin reactions, including itching).
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:49 AM

Antihistimines are immune suppressants. I started using Claritin Childrens Chewables in January when I was getting allergy symptoms and it was a miracle drug - antihistimines hadn't ever worked for me before. I guess going gluten-free helped clear the way. Anyway, told my ND and she replied with the above - since i was apparently in an autoimmune flare, I probably felt a lot of ancillary relief.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:16 AM

WELUVGATORS Thank you for the kind welcome! I have had many allergies from a young age. Does complicate things. Though knowing the gluten sure helps with this puzzle tremendously. Thank you greatly for the antihistamine suggestion. While I am allergic (of course) lol to Zyrtec itself, I'm sure there is another (like Allegra) I might explore. I found it mind boggling that I became allergic over time to Benedryl for allergies (because of the pink dye. Thankfully they do have the dye free. Zantac, through trial and many errors I can take some forms and some store brands of that type of product if white. Thank you for that reminder :)

I want to thank everyone for every suggestion no matter how small it may seem. It is not. I have made major changes and have had two serious days with no reactions. A break through the Topomax migraine, guessing due to change in drastic diet and stress so got some Imitrex and I'm fine now. Pain in side is much subsided and not acute and I feel very hopeful and grateful to everyone. I set my sights too high as far as energy and had the rug pulled out from under me this weekend, disappointing friends and myself so I cried a lot but realizing time is the only answer. For the most part I am thrilled and hopeful with moments that are tough and grateful to have met such wonderful people to know I can find help to get through this. Right now I do not have health insurance so I'm not as lucky as most and it's scary. Thanks again for everything. Have a great week everyone. :)
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