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Secondary Food Allergies

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Hi,

I got diagnosed with gluten sensitivity in April using Enterolab and I am gluten free since.

Currently I have so many secondary food allergies I wonder do I actually have celiac disease?

Does anyone understand the link between gluten and secondary food allergies?

I am allergic to dairy, nightshades (bad), caffein, bananas, potatos, and corn (really bad).

(Also have hashimoto disease.)

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Actually, I've wondered the same thing, as I have even more intolerances than you. But yes, I definitely have celiac disease as well as those other intolerances. I challenged it a few times by eating gluten, and the result wasn't pretty, believe me. Of course, I've had no testing at all (other than a probably botched skin biopsy for DH, and I'll be getting the results for that on June 5th), and only my 'gut' feeling to go on.

It is possible that you will outgrow some of those intolerances over time, as your intestines heal. But don't count on it.

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Does anyone understand the link between gluten and secondary food allergies?

I'm sure someone with more experience will come along and explain this better than me, but from what I've read an intolerance to gluten can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome, which is pretty much what it sounds like. The inflamed gut lets food particles escape into the bloodstream, where they're attacked by your immune system because they're seen as foreign. This of course teaches your body to go full out on attack mode whenever these foods are encountered in the future, which will give you an "allergic reaction." It does sound like, after you've eliminated gluten and your gut has healed (3-6 months, I read), you may be able to tolerate these foods again. I hope this is the case, because I had secondary allergies when I was tested too (and it's a pain to be gluten free when you can't have dairy, nuts, and eggs either).

More on leaky gut syndrome here.

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Hi Ursula,

Thank you for your response.

Now that I am feeling a little bit more in control of things I am wondering what other tests I could get done in the long term. I know about the biopsy, which is going to let me know how bad things are. I might get it done in a few months. (I'll be moving in July and don't feel like dealing with two sets of doctors.)

I don't mind being gluten free and taking care of all the secondary allergies I have. I feel so much better now than 5 weeks ago. I am a little scared about finding out about other secondary allergies. My reaction to corn is pretty intense.

Therefore, I am sticking to eating about 6 kinds of vegetables, 4 fruits, basmati rice, meat, seafood and olive oil.

I still think that I am not "totally awake" yet. Don't ask me to do math problems at this point.

I also have problems remembering faces and names. Sometimes simple words don't come to my mind. I feel like I have too many pregnant pauses, although I am not pregnant. :)

It is probably a good idea to get calcium levels checked as well, what else ... ?

Wuerde mich ueber eine Antwort freuen. Manja

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