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Allergy puzzles


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Yesterday afternoon I went to get the allergy skin testing for wheat and soy. There were two sets of test. The first tested both along with a saline and histamine control "prick" on my arm. The first did not show anything for wheat, and it had a slight showing for soy. Not sure if it was enough to warrant "allergy" rating. Then the second set of punctures was fresh wheat and fresh soy, and I had no allergic reaction to either. That leaves me in a soy conundrum. Am I or am I not? Unfortunately, I do not have a follow up on this til August, though I am sure the doc will look at it and get back to me. The nurse performing the ordeal, I mean the tests, said he may request an oral test, and I don't mean spelling out loud. Typically I guess it means ingesting the culprits.

So for now, my hubby is cooking with wheat again, although I am scared to eat it. I know my stomach hurts after soy, so I will still avoid that til I have a better idea about it.

Meanwhile, I totally avoid eggs since I know that allergy is true.

Off to rest. I am exhausted after working 6 hours today, and having a rough night sleeping last night (I slept, just kept waking with back pain).

Today I managed to walk 3 miles, including stairs! Go me!
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NORASPAT 6/22/2013 8:27PM

    DEBORAH, oral is usually put under your tongue. There can be a false negative I was told but positive is positive.
It really is a conundrum. Allergy is hard to figure. That was why mine was done without food from after Sunday dinner to Friday Morning 10am. Usually this long fast is done in the hospital but I wanted to do it myself because DH was working and the kids needed rides. I drank local Spring water and it had to be in glass not plastic. I also used a rotation diet for a very long time. That is why I can keep track of food se easily.
I hope you find some answers soon. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/22/2013 12:29PM

    Wonderful walk! Keep up your spirit!

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JANEDOE12345 6/22/2013 10:28AM

    Hi Deb. Just reading about your puzzlement: I went thru a series of allergy tests, too, and a few results came up but like you, not serious. Then a GI doctor got involved and found that I have lymphocitic colitis.

The symptoms mimic a food allergy, but it is isn't that. It's the colon making bouts of painful cramps and diarrhea. It comes and goes and is not cancer-causing. It is not IBS or allergies after all...it is just an uncooperative colon. The GI doctor has done a gluten sensitivity test, too and some other obscure tests.

Currently the colitis is quiet but it can bounce back any time for no discernible reason. Maybe you could have your doctor think about something other than allergies. I'm glad mine did. Bentyl & lomotil (and pepto bismal when it is not too bad) calmed down 4 months of chronic pain and bathroom trips...

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_LINDA 6/20/2013 10:17PM

    Oh those semi positive not really sure tests :(( I hope they can find some answers for you, but it is long and tedious this trial and error. Sometimes you end up finding out for sure yourself simply by knowing what makes you sick after you have eaten it.
Way to go with the walking!!! Sorry to hear about that back :(
Maybe hubby could try cooking with alternates like quinoa, spelt and other ancient grains instead of wheat, Sparks has lots of recipes..
Keep up the great work!

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FROSTY99 6/20/2013 6:32PM

    emoticon 3 miles-you go girl!!
Hope you get some answers soon.

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