Lingering Effects of a Reaction

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2008 - 3:32am
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Hi to all. I am new to this forum and recently diagnosed with adult onset peanut allergy and tree nut allergy. Have many other issues, however this one was new to me.

My question is this. I have my severest reactions to peanuts and I want to know how many of you have lingering effects hours and days after a bad reaction?

I live where Hurricane Ike came through and am also a celiac (allergic to wheat, barley, rye and oats), react to soy and multiple chemical sensitivities. Well I stocked up on some walnuts and I bought some organic peanut butter that I "thought" we could all eat.

Well I ate the peanut butter on a piece of gluten free bread a couple of days in a row - nothing. Then On Sunday the 28th-in the evening I ate some walnuts. Immediatly I got a severe stomach ache, bloating, gas diahrea, light headed, dizzy, just off. I had done this before, but not so bad. I thought they would be okay to eat and for the hurricane it was a non-perishable. On Monday morning the 29th-I got up and made two slices of bread with peanut butter. Within minutes my throat was closing, nose closing up, chest tightening. I had taken Benadryl the night before, so I took it again Monday morning.

I just can not seem to get over it. I feel weird, messed up, woozy. I will get dizzy and nauseated even though I haven't eaten. I did eat black beans on Monday evening and then again on Tuesday for lunch. Maybe an hour after eating the beans I started to get nauseated and woozy then a couple hours later it got worse. Took Benadryl-much improved. Probably needed more however I'm afraid to put anything in my mouth. Called my allergist this morning - I'm anaphylactic to bananas as well - I'm waiting on a call back because he is at a different office.

So my question after all this is, do you PA sufferers have lingering reactions after the initial reaction? If so can you please describe your experiences. It just seems that there is more to this reaction that just the initial. My body is hypersensitive and it is difficult for me to know when to take Benadryl and when to use my Twinject (Epi-pen). I'm afraid of it to! I have no experience with this and know other foods can cross react and I feel like every time I put food in my mouth I am making it worse!

This reaction and subsequent reactions are just like the reactions I was having in 2005 when all this started and I was at my worst. The doctors were not helpful and it took me through self discovery to figure out the food connection. I have been to an allergist, but my skin does not respond to the skin prick tests - not even to the control! I have had many foods tested through blood and guess what not peanuts or tree nuts! It was an expensive guessing game as I had to pay out of pocket for it!

Any and all help would be appreciated as these reactions put a fear in me that creates a mess of post traumatic stress and I do not want to go backwards. I've been doing so well emotionally to not let the reactions frighten me so. Thanks Marsha

Posted on: Fri, 10/03/2008 - 1:12pm
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Marsha,
I would make sure to go over all of this with your allergist.
I recently read that if you have an ana reaction you are more likely to have another with in the next few months (or maybe it was weeks) I thought it was an interesting fact, and right now I am just not sure where I read it.

Posted on: Wed, 10/08/2008 - 2:01pm
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Seconding the suggestion to talk to your allergist ASAP.
I have really bad cumulative sensitivity, which means that if I'm already reacting to something, I'll be way, way more sensitive than usual, even to stuff I'm only mildly allergic to most of the time.

Posted on: Thu, 10/09/2008 - 10:15am
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My dd had a reaction on Sept 5 and we are still doctoring. We were there at the doctors today. Now it seems that the inflammation in the chest wall and in the lungs has caused a flare. Dd has JRA also. She reacts to airborne, contact and ingestion to peanuts, tree nuts and seeds.

Posted on: Mon, 12/27/2010 - 9:21am
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Hi Hummingbird, I really feel for you that you are not receiving enough advice from your doctors. I also have a lot of food allergies, and test negative to most of them. If you are allergic to peanuts than you should definitely stay away from beans as they are in the same food category, as are peas. And, depending on your age, could you be going through perimenopause? I am 45 and have been going through this "wonderful" change since I was 35. It is very common for allergies to increase due to the hormonal changes and I have been experiencing this myself. I have never had a problem with peanuts or walnuts before, up until three weeks ago. I kept having a stomach ache, horrible taste in my mouth, and terrible nasal congestion and sneezing. I thought I had a sinus infection that would come and go every couple of days. Finally, I stopped eating the raw walnuts and everything was fine. I decided to test myself and ate another walnut, followed by two slices of bread with natural peanut butter, and am now suffering with a stomach ache and bad taste one week later. The sinus congestion is now gone, but I am afraid to try any nuts again.

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