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On Jul 22, 2008

WELCOME!!! I'm so sorry for your diagnosis. Did you suddenly start reacting? What were your reaction like? I know I and others on the board always appreciate the prespective of an adult with a pn allergy. I know it isn't the same, but since my son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy (pna) I have stopped eating pn/tn and basically eat only what he eats. I sometimes really miss reeses pn cups!

However, if you have a good recipe for pnb cookies I suggest finding SunButter. It is WONDERFUL! I actually have had a number of my family and friends start using it in place of pb and they don't even have allergies. Target typically carries it or you can order it online. I HIGHLY suggest it and hope that it can cover some of your peanutty cravings. :-)

I'm a new Texas transplant (military), nice to see others from TX on here! Welcome!

On Jul 23, 2008

Hi There

Welcome! It is interesting that you have had so much peanut in your life and it just now had a reaction. I am interested too if it came on suddenly or what.. maybe it will us a clue.

welcome!

On Jul 23, 2008

Remeber, you asked ........ sorry for the long response.

Originally Posted By: MommyOfTwo

WELCOME!!! I'm so sorry for your diagnosis. Did you suddenly start reacting? What were your reaction like? I know I and others on the board always appreciate the prespective of an adult with a pn allergy. I know it isn't the same, but since my son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy (pna) I have stopped eating pn/tn and basically eat only what he eats. I sometimes really miss reeses pn cups!

As I stop and look back at my health I realize this PA has been coming on for quite some time. I can easily look back 10 or 11 years but possibly longer and see some of the reactions I did not realize I was having. Sinus problems appear to be the first signs I can now relate to the PA. Nose would either stop up or flow like a water faucet and if allowed to continue would result in a severe sinus headache. Some times the headache was unavoidable. So I seem pretty sure this was something that has slowly increased in severity over the years. At first I passed it off as hay fever which would be brought on by mowing the grass or a neighbor doing the same. A dose of Benadryl and everything seemed ok.

About 7 or 8 years ago the skin on the back of my hands and forearms were cracking and bleeding. It did not seem like anything I would do helped this condition. I would coat myself with lotions and then when that didn

On Jul 24, 2008

Thanks so much for explaining in more detail your reaction history. Since you ate pn for so much of your life I was curious on your symptoms and I like to keep them in the back of my head should I start noticing anything with my little one then it might not be such a mystery. Do you think the rash you are talking about was/is maybe eczema? My DS has eczema but it certainly was a LOT worse when he was being exposed to pn (I was nursing him but was eating pn daily) and since I quit eating pn he still had/has "spots" of eczema but it is hardly noticable now. Either way it is certainly a good thing you found out now, rather than finding out by having a anaphylactic reaction!

I do hope that when you get further testing in a couple weeks not too many things will come up positive for you. It is a different life with food allergies, but eventually hopefully you will adjust.

My DH is Army and we are actually at Ft. Bliss. Thanks for your thanks! The military life is certainly one of adventure to say the least! DH has been in for 15 years and we have been together for 9 of them, you certainly get used to after awhile!

I'm attempting a oatmeal/chocolate/sunbutter cookie recipe this weekend and hopefully they will come out REALLY good. I think this winter for the holidays I will attempt some chocolate filled with sunbutter and I bet that will satisfy my craving for reeses! Sunbutter is the way to go!

On Jul 27, 2008

I was very interested to read about how you did not realize at first your health issues were related to peanuts.

I have been in denial, even though 2 of my kids have Peanut and Tree Nut allergies. About 1 month ago I asked my Allergist for a blood test to confirm a possible peanut tree nut allergy and when we went over the symptoms, he told me no need to get a blood test and he wrote me my own RX for an EPI.

Have you discussed your symptoms with a Dr. yet? You should get a RX for an Epi or twin inject.

On Jul 28, 2008

Originally Posted By: cristym

I was very interested to read about how you did not realize at first your health issues were related to peanuts.

I have been in denial, even though 2 of my kids have Peanut and Tree Nut allergies. About 1 month ago I asked my Allergist for a blood test to confirm a possible peanut tree nut allergy and when we went over the symptoms, he told me no need to get a blood test and he wrote me my own RX for an EPI.

Have you discussed your symptoms with a Dr. yet? You should get a RX for an Epi or twin inject.

Denial was also probably my biggest problem. Who would have thought I could be allergic to them after all these years of enjoying them so much? I know I didn't, but I'm a believer now!

I've had my first doctors visit and the had blood drawn. Just waiting for the follow up appointment and the results of the blood test. I am also scheduled for some additional testing at the next appointment. The first appointment show peanuts, mesquite and Bremuda grass allergies. Also the first set of tests showed that I'm either severly allergic or have absolutly no reaction to items tested. Of the 70 something tested, only the three caused a reaction and those three were almost as soon as they were applied.

I have my Twinject with me at all times now. I've just got to figure out what to do with it when we ride our dirt bikes. I guess I'll put it in my hydration pack.

On Jul 28, 2008

Originally Posted By: MommyOfTwo

... Do you think the rash you are talking about was/is maybe eczema? My DS has eczema but it certainly was a LOT worse when he was being exposed to pn (I was nursing him but was eating pn daily) and since I quit eating pn he still had/has "spots" of eczema but it is hardly noticable now. Either way it is certainly a good thing you found out now, rather than finding out by having a anaphylactic reaction! ...

I have done a little more reading on eczema and do feel like that is what it is. I need to be sure and talk with my doctor about when I see her next week on the 4th.

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