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Is Food Sensitivity Testing Expensive?

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I seem to be having such trouble figuring out what I can eat that won't cause reactions. The gluten one is clear but it's also clear that there are other things at play. I've already removed dairy, eggs, corn and sugar/sweeteners from my diet and again this week, I seem to be reacting to almonds, another thing to add to the list.

I would really like to get food sensitivity testing done to make things clear NOW, not having to go through all these constant challenges (and failures!). But I have no insurance... I am wondering if anyone has even a vague idea what it might cost me if I paid for it myself. I'm in NY...

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Welcome to the forum! I'm new here too and I am still learning a lot by reading all of the posts on here. A while back( i still haven't gone through testing yet, but will on 1/23) someone told be to go to enterolab and pay for a test through them. I never did but I found the link that sends you to the test that best fits your symptoms. http://www.enterolab.com/StaticPages/TestToOrder.aspx

If you don't have insurance I believe this is the easiest way to get tested. The tests run from $99 to a couple hundred dollars.

Good luck with the testing and keep us updated once you get results!!

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Food testing usually costs a few hundred dollars. It tends to have a lot of false positives and doctors don't consider it diagnostic. Usually it guides an elimination diet. There are folks on the board who have found IgG testing useful. When you pick a lab, be sure it's accredited and avoid labs performing IgG4 only testing. You want total IgG.

Some folks have found Enterolab useful, but there are some pretty strong scientific arguments that small amounts of IgA to foods are normal so it's a case of buyer beware.

Can you try a classic elimination diet by going down to a few foods for two weeks and gradually adding things back? Lamb (turkey is a 2nd choice), rice, leaf lettuce, and pears are low-allergy foods that are commonly used.

Another option is to try a gut-healing diet like SCD or its newer relative called GAPS to try to get rid of the intolerances altogether.

http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/

http://www.gapsdiet.com

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