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Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2006 - 10:48am
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I have a little one with what we are referring to as "food sensitivities." I've been following the GI threads here on the boards, trying to figure out if what he is having is the kind of reaction you all are talking about, or if he really is just 'intolerant' of the offending foods.
He can eat small portions of, say, chocolate, but after too much (and you never really know when he'll reach "too much" until it's too late), he'll have diarrhea. It can last for a couple days sometimes.
We've seen the allergist, and basically she said just to avoid the foods. She never called this an allergy like PA, or a GI-type allergy like you are speaking about here.
Here's the list of offending foods: chocolate, cinnamon, paprika, annatto, soy, whole wheat, and blue no. 1. (I've also questioned the possibility of celiac, but I think he was tested for that a few years ago.)
I posted a reaction he had recently (can't remember the name of the post now), and I was wondering if maybe his "sensitivities" turned into a full-blown allergy.
Any ideas from you who deal with this every day?
Thanks,
Lam [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 08/24/2006 - 8:48am
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Lam--I strongly suspected my allergy after my first reaction. And this is shellfish, but I've also had some reactions after having peanuts, but they are not severe like shellfish.
The first reaction for me--there was no doubt it was an allergy really. I had crabcakes, and two hours later I felt spacy and then I had the most incredible stomach pain. It wasn't like the pain I get with reflux sometimes. It was this groaning pain, and I could feel the crabcakes travel down my GI tract--and as they went the intense pain was felt. It felt like my intestines were swelling or something as it was traveling.
75mg of liquid benadryl initially and then more doses every few hours fixed it. I should have used Epi to just stop the thing.
There was no D. with that reaction--just intense pain.
Subsequent bad reaction had both stomach pain and D (not as extreme as Adele's though). But the pain is intense.
I don't know that I could say anything else that might be helpful, but an ImmunoCap test confirmed the SFA (and that was before the second bad reaction).
Some people really are allergic to chocolate. May be worth a test if it would change things for you. You might know whether or not it's okay to allow even small amounts.

Posted on: Fri, 08/25/2006 - 4:14am
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McCobbre -
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I plan to contact our allergist about this - again. We've met with her before, discussed the foods that cause the problem, and she said there aren't tests for them. ? And she just told us to try to avoid them. She didn't call it an "allergic reaction."
The pain you mentioned makes this even harder to figure out. Our little one has a neurological disorder that affects his tolerance for pain. He doesn't even feel that he has to go to the bathroom until it's almost too late - and sometimes is. I'm wondering if he's feeling any pain with the diarrhea. He doesn't mention any... but that doesn't mean anything.
Anyway, thanks again for sharing, and if I learn anything useful from the allergist, I'll let you know.
Take care,
Lam [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 08/25/2006 - 5:57am
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Hi Lam,
When you get hives it's really easy to tell it's a reaction, but not so with GI reactions, which is why I didn't know I had PA for years. I would get hives from other things but not peanuts. When I was in high school, I would get a stomach ache from eating peanuts. My Dad told me that peanuts were hard to digest - so I figured that was the cause and didn't eat many.
I was probably PA for years but didn't realize it was an allergy because it was only GI.
Looking back, I can see a pattern to all the 'reactions' I had that I didn't know were reactions. Initially, it took a couple of hours after eating pn's before I got sick but I was usually better in 5 or 6 hours. My stomach was the family joke! They all thought I was a hypochondriac.
So for me, when the PA was mild, the symptoms were relatively mild and happened quite a long time after ingestion.
The reason I'm boring you with this, is perhaps it will help you make sense of what is happening with your
little one. Maybe you'll see a pattern to the stomach problems.

Posted on: Fri, 08/25/2006 - 1:57pm
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My first child had a test for apples and it came up positive but they said I could give them to her anyway. Well, one night I gave her a huge amount of applesauce and she was up all night! Bye bye applesauce. All of my kids were like that -- just talk to the doctor and see if you can get the test and judge for yourself.
This was my PA child I was talking about, and she does not react to the skin test and she only reacts by saying her tongue feels funny then she vomits. They really seem to have a hard time believing she is having a reaction. The ONLY time she has thrown up is by reaction in my book. There were some waffles that were in question, and now they have a warning so there are only two other mysteries and one was chocolate so chances are that was. It bugs me that they are so by the book sometimes.

Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2007 - 11:02am
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Raising for Anna

Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2007 - 11:38am
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Thanks! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 09/16/2007 - 11:12am
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raising for Holly [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 9:59pm
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It's nice to hear this!!
I had a severe GI reaction during the week that I started figuring out I had peanut allergies. Within 15 minutes, the reaction had escalated to include multiple organ systems.
That reaction pushed me to the limit and I was in my doctor's office the next day. After he prescribed Epi's, I thought, 1) I would definately avoid the offending food at all costs, but also that 2) if I ever had another reaction like that, I would definately use my epipen!

Posted on: Tue, 09/18/2007 - 6:35am
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I just had our Allergist fill out the consent forms for school. In the section which asks what symptoms to look for (there are about 25 you can check off) she checked the ALL off and then wrote underneath "Any or ALL symptoms: Give Epipen. In the past, Wade has had some severe reactions that started with vomitting...needless to say I was relieved that the Allergist was so blunt.
It spoke volumes to the school. The Principal was schocked, we had a nice little chat. Looks like we are now on the same page! Nice for a change.
Katiee

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