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What Does It Feel Like When You Can't Tolerate Eggs?
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So I'm still working on getting to the bottom of my random assortment of weird symptoms... At the moment I'm still staying away from dairy (in addition to being gluten-free of course) but I'm still exploring the possibility of other triggers too.

Anyway, I've started noticing that eggs seem to have a weird effect on me. I've noticed this for a while, actually. Whenever I eat just eggs by themselves, I always end up feeling really "icky" afterwards. Not tummy-ache sick, but just really sleepy and dopey. I literally feel like I just want to fall over and go to sleep.

So I was sorta experimentally staying away from eggs for the past week or two. Then today I had a few Gluten-free Casein-free cookies that had eggs in them, and now I'm getting that same sleepy/dopey feeling again, about 30 minutes after I ate them.

For those of you who have egg allergies or whatever, how do you feel when you have eggs? Is it anything like what I'm describing? I'm just so confused by all this stuff, it's so hard to figure out what foods are causing which symptoms!!

~Sara~

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Hi Sara.

I'm sensitive to eggs. About 4 hours after I eat them, I get horrible nausea. This lasts for hours.

I can get away with an egg in a recipe, for example, one egg in a cookie recipe that makes 3 dozen. The problem happens when I eat just eggs, like scrambled eggs.

I've had this for many years--it's the one sensitivity that didn't begin after going gluten-free.

Regarding your reaction, the eggs could be causing your symptoms. too. Food sensitivity dosen't always cause GI distress.

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I would have gotten spacey from the processed grains and sugar in the cookie. Eggs cause me to get horrible gas. Try eating just eggs and see how you do. Boil them so you know if it is just the eggs you are reacting too.

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I'm not allergic or intolerant to eggs according to tests but I get real bad reactions to them. I get the worst stomach pains...like someones stabbing me. Real bad foul smelling gas, bloating, spaced out feeling and burning on my face....only some of the weird symptoms I get. I get really nauseus, tired and just basically feel gross.

Drs. are thinking I may have mercury toxicity and while reading about it I found out eggs should be avoided because of high sulfur content. I have problems with other foods high in sulfur too but eggs are probably the worst for me.

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I cannot eat egg whites. I use one or two eggs in cookies or cake mixes without a problem. But, never a recipe that calls for more then two. I make us omelets for dinner sometimes. But, mine is one egg white and 3 yolks. If I have an egg one day and an egg the next, I get spacey, then terribly nauceous, stomach cramps and then I throw up. It is not pleasant. Once I throw up, I am fine.

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I get nausated from eggs if they aren't poached and hard and I really pass a lot of foul spelling gas...

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Yes, I realize this is an old post but I figured I'd answer in case it might help someone else.

All of my life I was sick to my stomach. Just all the time. I thought everyone was. I also went through tons of tissues for my nose. I knew everyone wasn't like this but I knew my family was. And they still are.

Long story short, the school thought that my daughter had ADD. I could not get a Dr. to test her for this because nobody thought she had it. I didn't think she had it. Her dad and mine have ADHD and I couldn't see a resemblance. Anyway... A Naturopath finally diagnosed IgG food allergies...aka intolerances. Included several foods and eggs were in there.

To make things easier for my daughter, I rid the house of all that she could not eat. My husband began to complain so I would buy things for him. Like a prepared sandwich. Pre-cooked eggs. So that we didn't have to mess with them.

Then one day while she was in school, I got some salad from a salad bar. I decided to get some egg salad. I figured since my daughter wouldn't see me eating it, it would be okay.

Something like 16 hours later I got very ill. Stomach pains and the big D.

Then foolishly I ate the egg salad again. Still not convinced it was the cause. 2 hours later I got sick. Thought it was food poisoning.

Some months went by. I bought a dozen raw eggs for my husband. He didn't eat them and they were about to go bad. So I made egg salad and ate some. 16 hours later I got sick in the same manner. I was still being stupid about it. I ate it again. 1/2 of a sandwich on Thanksgiving. Then drove to my parent's house where I was supposed to help fix the meal. But...

2 hours later I was doubled over in pain and then in the bathroom. I have never eaten an egg since!

Eventually I decided to have myself tested. I figured if eggs were a problem then other things might be too. And they were.

Now that I have changed my diet, I rarely need tissues. I do have seasonal allergies but even they are not so bad now. And my stomach is fine most of the time. But I do have other medical issues that can cause problems in the stomach department. I'm just not sick all the time like I used to be.

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The thread came back at the exact perfect moment. I have been feeling "off" the past week - I am trying to be as grain free as possible because I just can't tolerate them (skin rashes show up along with some lovely girl problems - every..single..time!!). So in an attempt to eat more protein, I've been eating hard boiled eggs for breakfast - by the time lunch time rolls around, I feel nauseous and lightheaded. Today I got a massive headache along with it. So I started thinking that maybe it was the eggs. Going to cut them out for a week or so to see if that's the issue. Next up could be dairy, but I'm fighting that one to the death! Please don't take away my cream cheese or sour cream!!!

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Yes, I realize this is an old post but I figured I'd answer in case it might help someone else.

All of my life I was sick to my stomach. Just all the time. I thought everyone was. I also went through tons of tissues for my nose. I knew everyone wasn't like this but I knew my family was. And they still are.

Long story short, the school thought that my daughter had ADD. I could not get a Dr. to test her for this because nobody thought she had it. I didn't think she had it. Her dad and my husband have ADHD and I couldn't see a resemblance. Anyway... A Naturopath finally diagnosed IgG food allergies...aka intolerances. Included several foods and eggs were in there.

To make things easier for my daughter, I rid the house of all that she could not eat. My husband began to complain so I would buy things for him. Like a prepared sandwich. Pre-cooked eggs. So that we didn't have to mess with them.

Then one day while she was in school, I got some salad from a salad bar. I decided to get some egg salad. I figured since my daughter wouldn't see me eating it, it would be okay.

Something like 16 hours later I got very ill. Stomach pains and the big D.

Then foolishly I ate the egg salad again. Still not convinced it was the cause. 2 hours later I got sick. Thought it was food poisoning.

Some months went by. I bought a dozen raw eggs for my husband. He didn't eat them and they were about to go bad. So I made egg salad and ate some. 16 hours later I got sick in the same manner. I was still being stupid about it. I ate it again. 1/2 of a sandwich on Thanksgiving. Then drove to my parent's house where I was supposed to help fix the meal. But...

2 hours later I was doubled over in pain and then in the bathroom. I have never eaten an egg since!

Eventually I decided to have myself tested. I figured if eggs were a problem then other things might be too. And they were.

Now that I have changed my diet, I rarely need tissues. I do have seasonal allergies but even they are not so bad now. And my stomach is fine most of the time. But I do have other medical issues that can cause problems in the stomach department. I'm just not sick all the time like I used to be.

Okay then! That's kinda wacked. I couldn't edit my post. But then I was able to reply and change it. And I can edit the reply. Hmmm...

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Eventually I decided to have myself tested. I figured if eggs were a problem then other things might be too. And they were.

Julie, what kind of testing did you have to show your allergies?

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This re-post is perfect timing. I gave up eggs about 3 weeks ago because I had some redness and heat in my face every time I ate eggs, which is every morning, and also felt tired and little nauseous every morning after breakfast. I suspected eggs for a long time but was reluctant to give up yet ANOTHER food (gluten, dairy, corn, most soy...) and a very easy breakfast or snack.

For about 10 days after giving up eggs I was wrecked. I had the worst headaches every day (hadn't really had one since going gluten free) and terrible muscle twitching. The only explanation I could think of was that my body was having withdrawals from the eggs, kind of like when I gave up gluten and dairy a couple of years ago.

Anyhow, now I can breathe out of both nostrils, people here in MN are complaining of seasonal allergies, but I'm okay so far, and I honestly feel like my energy level has bumped up a little. We are going to start our summer traveling soon so I will test eggs just to see if I can eat them on the road, but honestly, I think dropping them has made a difference.

And Juliebove, I'm like you with foods. I kept doing that with oatmeal, thinking I could handle it and kept eating it and eating it and getting sicker and sicker until I finally went "duh...guess I can't eat oats."

It's hard to keep losing foods though.

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Okay then! That's kinda wacked. I couldn't edit my post. But then I was able to reply and change it. And I can edit the reply. Hmmm...

You can edit your own posts for 48 hours after making them. The original was older than that.

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I can't find it now, but I read somewhere (maybe even here) that eggs that are exposed to air - fried or poached for example, are not as likely to make you feel nausea as those cooked in the shell. Something about sulfer maybe? I don't remember. All I know is that boiled eggs were making me sick and when I started frying them instead, they have never bothered me.

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Yey for revived threads!

I've also been finding I have problems with eggs, not to the same degree of seriousness as most of you (yet), but an hour our so after eating, say, fried eggs or an omelet or anything primarily eggy, I get weak/jittery, lightheaded, a bit nautious, almost like I haven't eaten anything or didn't absorb any of it. I figured its some difficulty in processing the protein or something, maybe because of the celiac disease? I don't know. It seems to be ok in baked goods and such. This happens regardless of any possible gluten sneaking in (which is too bad, because this nice cafe around the corner makes a gorgeous crustless quiche with quinoa...)

Now I rarely eat eggs on their own (also, my BF doesn't eat eggs, so that helps), and (along with cutting out most dairy and soy) my "allergies" are much better this year.

Could there be something about eggs that's just harder for us to process?

cheers

Peg

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