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Allergic Reactions To More And More Foods!

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Hey there. I recentley self diagnosed myself and my stomach problems have resolved. Thanks goodness. I've felt a ton better, but here recentley I have started getting allergic type reations to different things.

I'm already gluten free, dairy free, and corn free. Lately i've had tightening in the chest, tingle arms and legs, a general weak feeling after eating certain things. The only things I can narrow it down to are strawberries, potatos and sea salt. This is the most awful feeling. It's like i'm extremely anxious and jittery and my chest feels funny along with my fingers, toes, legs arms and sometimes mouth. If I take a Benadryl it calms it down some. I feel like I can't eat anything anymore!! It's really scary. I feel that sooner or later I will be eating nothing?

Advice?! Should I go see an allergist?

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Gluten puts our autoimmune system into overdrive. It will often overreact to things that we will be able to tolerate later on once we heal. If you can identify what is causing you problems, eliminate those things for now knowing that it will probably not be forever. You have to give yourself time to heal and time for your autoimmune system to calm down. With any luck most of these things you will be able tp reintroduce. However, sometimes the overwhelming gluten reaction is hiding other allergies/sensitivities that do not leave us. You will have to wait and later challenge the things that are bothering you now to see if they are permanent or temporary. Lots of people have problems with the nightshade family (potatoes) and this one might not go away. Good luck with tracking them down and later being able to reintroduce.

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I'm so sorry! I know EXACTLY how you are feeling though! Three years ago I was going thru the same thing. I finally narrowed all my trigger foods down to wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts, beans, rice. I did the allergy testing and none of those showed up, but two or three other things did and I had never been bothered by those things. I was encouraged to read pp say that once the stomach is healed that some of those things might be able to be re-introduced! Rice and beans are usually the alternative ingredients to gluten-free products.

I would strongly suggest getting some acidophilus supplements to increase that good bacteria in your intestines that is apparently very, very important to have. With our dairy problems, we cannot get it thru the usual yogurts that have it now. I buy my allergen-free supplements thru Kirkman Labs. www.kirkmanlabs.com They are wonderful to work with. I hope you find some relief! And I think I'm going to try putting something back into my system this week just to see. : )

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The allergy tests might not hurt, but they are not the whole picture. Egg whites and soy showed up on mine. When I did an elimination diet with these two things (and some others), neither one resulted in any symptoms after being reintroduced. There is a helpful list of typical foods that cause problems, then a list of not-so-typical foods, and a list of foods that do cause problems but rarely in the book The Yeast Connection and Women's Health. I found that to be very helpful when trying to decide what to eliminate and in what order. Best of luck!

Kim, The Food Allergy Coach

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Thank you all!

It's so misserable. It feels like Acid Reflux, but I didn't think it would come back so severe and sudden when i'm on the zantac. I will check out that website. Thank you. I had never heard of anything like that.

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