My name is Emily! I am 22 and suffer mainly from a wheat allergy. However more on a gluten free diet because there are still areas of food we are unsure with that react with me.
I have had this allergy for 3 years now, in 2005 i came to boston to work at a summer camp (i am originally from england). One day when we had time off, we headed to a pizza place and i had one slice. On the way home i started to feel extreme pains in my stomach, feel very tired. Then i went back to my cabin of kids, and i felt so weird. On our way to dinner, one of my girls went Emily are you hiding a sweater under your t-shirt. I looked down and couldn't see my feet. My stomach was huge, like i was about to pop out twins or something!! I made it to the dining hall for dinner and just collapsed. In the hospital they couldn't figure out what was wrong. As an international my insurance was great anyways so i got basic stuff. In the end they did x-rays, ultrasound and saw my intestines so swollen. So assumed i was just bloated and 'blocked up' I just got more sick, every morning without fail i would collapsed in a heap.
When i returned home few months later, still very sick. My doctor suggested not mixing proteins and carbs. On the carb days that is when i was sick.
Before the summer started, my Aunt who is a nurse told me she thought i had a food allergy because for years my skin always reacted to water, showers, rain, pools and the sea my skin would break out in all sorts. So we agreed when i returned from America i would do some tests etc... I was like how can i possibly have a allergy i mean crazy!!
It turned out true, my doctor suggested that i avoided wheat for 6 weeks. After 1 week i lost all the swelling i had for 5 months at that point, i wasn't tired, dizzy or in so much pain. I could see my feet!! It was an amazing feeling, having energy again. I was tested for Celiac, but didn't have it. So it was just wheat! However still having the odd issues so still being very careful.
However it is so hard, now i live in Boston and keeping to this diet is hard!! So any support in this would be great
Sorry that was really long.