Anyone else suffer from these symptoms?

Posted on: Mon, 07/15/2002 - 1:15pm
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pOkay, okay - every time I go on one of these PA sites I realise just how lucky (?) we are with our 11-year old daughter. Yes, she is highly allergic, off the RAST test scale, to peanuts (and cashews but not so much) and we have known since she was about 8 months old. Anyway - she does not have an anaphylactic reaction and I wonder if it will continue like this. Her allergist has said that every time she is exposed to peanut that it increases her chances of worsening her symptoms. At the moment, precisely 7 hours after consuming some peanut product, she will have a severe migraine-type headache and then proceeds to vomit the contents of her stomach and will continue to throw up until EVERYTHING has been brought up. We had a situation today when she was on a Summer Camp Field Trip and I packed her lunch with known "safe" foods to her. So - we can't really figure out what happened - perhaps coming in contact with another child's PBJ sandwich - who knows. Anyway - she is now sleeping but I keep going in to check on her just to make sure nothing happens./p
pThanks./p
pDoes anyone else have similar experiences?/p

Posted on: Mon, 07/15/2002 - 5:38pm
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Hi Marion,
I have a friend who is peanut allergic and is now in his late 20s. He doesn't carry an epipen. I guess when he was diagnosed with it they didn't think to give it to you unless you had a past history of having anaphylaxis (very different from now when everyone diagnosed gets one automatically). Anyway, he is also allergic to certain tree nuts and also to seafood. He says that if he consumes any of the offending allergens, all he gets is a headache, feels somewhat off colour and if he's consumed enough of it, he does vomit but that's as far as it has ever gone with it. So I guess for your 11yo daughter, it could be the same. However having said that, some people do tend to get more allergic with each exposure...can't pick it. I guess you just have to live for the moment and pray that it never gets any worse. I know for my prawn allergy it's always the same - feeling off, tingling lips, feeling of throat closing, headache and that's it...Hope it is helpful.

Posted on: Mon, 07/15/2002 - 9:34pm
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Quote:Originally posted by LI-LIAN:
[b]Hi Marion,
I have a friend who is peanut allergic and is now in his late 20s. He doesn't carry an epipen. I guess when he was diagnosed with it they didn't think to give it to you unless you had a past history of having anaphylaxis (very different from now when everyone diagnosed gets one automatically). Anyway, he is also allergic to certain tree nuts and also to seafood. He says that if he consumes any of the offending allergens, all he gets is a headache, feels somewhat off colour and if he's consumed enough of it, he does vomit but that's as far as it has ever gone with it. So I guess for your 11yo daughter, it could be the same. However having said that, some people do tend to get more allergic with each exposure...can't pick it. I guess you just have to live for the moment and pray that it never gets any worse. I know for my prawn allergy it's always the same - feeling off, tingling lips, feeling of throat closing, headache and that's it...Hope it is helpful.[/b]

Posted on: Tue, 07/16/2002 - 11:38am
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Hmm. My son tests positive skin test, negative RAST test and we are scheduled to see a specialist because I am fed up with the peds. One of our peds group treats it as nonchalant--never recommended a plan or warned us of anything, another when asked recently because my 14 yo son was going away from home (scout camp) said even though he's never had a serious reaction we should send him with an epipen--better safe than sorry. They tell me now that even tho he's never had that kind of reaction it is possible. But now i have requested he see the allergist because they won't due a food challange with him. HIs symptoms are somewhat questionable but if they are real they are significant. He complains of chest tightness and one time recently got stomachache and didn't feel well after eating a cookie that we found had peanutbutter in it. That is his only reactions (known). I can't wait until he has his allergist appointment in August and we can get this mess figured out. Sounds like your daughter IS in a serious situation and I would definetly want an Epipen on hand if she were my child. I think vomiting like that is a serious symptom. That's just my opinion. I"m just a mom not a doc. (By the way not all docs auto matically prescribe epipen--we had to request it and say we were not comfortable with him going that far away from home with no truly known situations.)

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 9:26am
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Thanks for replying guys.
We do have an Epipen for our daughter but it hasn't always been that way. We are originally from Scotland where, I think most people know, we have a socialised health care system. You should have seen the trouble I had trying to convince our doctor that even carrying out the RAST test was a good thing. I literally had to turn up at the surgery with a bag of peanuts and say I was going to feed them to her unless they did a more conventional test!! This was over seven years ago and those tests are expensive for the government to pay for .......hmmmmmm. Anyway, they did the test and let me know of her high readings but did not recomment anything further. We then moved to England and got a new GP who prescribed several Epipens to be carried with her at all times (at not cost to us I may add - you see - the National Health Service DOES have its' good points!).
We have now, of course, moved to what seems like the peanut capital of the states - Virginia.
By the way - to anyone who is following this thread - our daughter continued to throw up the other night until 3am! No sleep for mummy!
Thanks again.

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