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I finally got a referall for a allergy specialist, I specifically want to be tested for food allergies to see if there is anything else I am allergic to. I have confirmed Gluten via testing and dairy via elimination. Is there a specific battery of tests that anyone can reccomend? I am not one of those patients who can just sit back and let the doctor lead me along by the hand. Too many years of being misdiagnosed have made me my own best advocate. I have pretty decent health insurance and don't have a problem pushing to get the tests I need. Does it do any good to ask for two versions of the same tests? I know the elisa panel test results can vary depending on the labratory doing the work. TIA

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I finally got a referall for a allergy specialist, I specifically want to be tested for food allergies to see if there is anything else I am allergic to. I have confirmed Gluten via testing and dairy via elimination. Is there a specific battery of tests that anyone can reccomend?

I know the elisa panel test results can vary depending on the labratory doing the work. TIA

I totally agree with your comment about lab processing ELISA test results. You want a lab with good quality control measures. You may also need a doc who knows how to interpret test results. I had good experiences with USBioTek in Seattle.

My doc (who founded the IBS Treatment Center in Seattle) often advises that we look at the pattern of our ELISA results. Some people react to many different foods on that test. Rather than consider every reaction an 'allergy', we need to consider the overall pattern. So in results with many 'lows' and 'low moderate' reactions, we would only regard the 'highs' or 'high moderates' as true reactions. (My husband's ELISA test panel looked like that.) With results mostly in the 'no reaction' or 'lows' we need to consider the few higher scores. By the time I took the ELISA test I had already eliminated and abstained from gluten, dairy and soy. So only cane sugar and eggs tested high and moderate on my ELISA panel.

SUE

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