Hi! Not sure what's going on with my body

Posted on: Sun, 05/08/2011 - 9:58am
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Hi all!

My Doctor told me to keep food diary, and I'm doing so , but I'm getting more and more confused and concerned about my symptoms. It looks like I;m suddenly allergic to a load of things, including peanuts. I'm hoping you guys can help me figure it out.

I'm British, by the way , and have very little confidence in the NHS, but can't afford private treatment- no , not even so much as a DIY allergy test! I've sometimes had to go without meds cos I'm broke.

To start with I am gluten-intolerant and dairy inolerant.
The symptoms I get with a gluten reaction are: diarrhoe, bloating, burping, pain in the back (but this has faded since I've ben on the gluten-fre diet and rarely have reactions); nausea, intense drowsiness,light-headednes, foggy brain. These last 4 symptoms are eased by a dose of Clarityn Syrup, but other antihistamines don't seem to help. I was told by a gastoentologist that i do not have Coeliac disease because Coeliac Disease is not an allergic reaction, so no antiuistamine would help. As far as i can discoiver, you can be Caoeliac AND have an allergic reaction, too, but the HHS do not like to diagnose Coeliac disease.

The dairy reactions were similar (I have not had one for years as it is easier to avoid dairy; and i seem to tolerate traces of dairy OK, unlike gluten)

I also suffered chronic, worsening, fatigue and arthritis until I went Gluten free. Two years ago the fatigue returned and is now getting worse again.

About 6 weeks ago, I started getting acute reactions to my food again. At first I thought that my food had ben contaminated with gluten, though the symptoms were a little bit different, but then i realised that it was vegetable oils that were making me sick. On my doctor's advice , i cut these out, and then started reintroducing them one by one. But it became clear that other gfoods besides the oil were making me sick too.

Luckily I am not allergic to soybeans, as I am totally vegan since giving up dairy, and it is now very hard to find another source of complete protein

At present it looks like I'm reacting to:
just about any vegetable oil, plus
ALL grains (including gluten-free grains such as rice and maize)especially if ground (rice flour, custard powder).
Peanuts
I have not tried any beans besides Soya and haricot beans yet. I seem to be OK with those, but I'm not sure about defatted Soya chunks; either they or Marmite appear to make me ill.(I always soak them in Marmite)

The symptioms I get are: burping, pain in the lower ribcage (mostly to the front, but goes all the way round when really bad) nausea, intense drowsiness,light-headednes, foggy brain.
These can be accompanied by any of these symptoms:
sneezing, eyes watering, asthma attack, breathlessness, heartburn, heart beating fast or fluttering, feeling intensely cold, acid reflux. These are mostly bew symptoms whoch never occured with gluten
I do not get diahreea as with the gluten symprtoms, but anm now tending more towards constipation ( I seldom hit the happy medium). As with gluten. I will sometimes sleep through a good half of the next day, if I don't take Clarityn.
The symptoms usually come on about 5 hours after my meal, same as with gluten reactions. But recently I have noticed some of them starting ealier (30 minutes after eating) , in which case they usually get better, only to come back with more force at the usual time.

Does these sound like Peanut Allergy symptoms? And what about the oils and grains? Is it possible to become allergic to a whole group of foods all at once? And what do rhese have in common?

Thanks for having the patience to read all this. And thanks, in advance for any help

J :)

Posted on: Tue, 05/10/2011 - 3:25am
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Wow, you have a lot to deal with! I am 22 years old and have had a peanut/tree nut allergy all of my life. In regards to the peanut allergy reactions, some signs that your body is going into shock is heartburn, shortness of breath, nausea, wheezing, etc. A lot of times, people go thru really allergic periods. I've had my allergy my whole life, but have been getting sick a lot more often since age 17. My mom has seasonal allergies and was her sickest between 16-25, and then again in her 40's, so sometimes your body goes thru phases. I hope that helps! Also,check your message box because I sent you a little hello! Good luck, and if you have any more questions you're in the right place! :)

Posted on: Tue, 05/10/2011 - 5:07am
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Hi samantha,
thanks for the replies!
my symptoms *are* consistent with peanut allergy then?
what do you mean by "going into shock"? do you mean anaphylaxis, or just a regular allergic reaction?
I do realise, btw, that some of my symptoms are consistent with anaphylactic shock, but i have survived them dozens of times, and my healthcare providers don't seem too worried, so i dunno about that.
I called up an NHS helpline once, but i got the impression, i was OK so long as my lips were not swelling and I could bend my neck OK. I never do get swelling lips, so I haven't called them again.
I am nearly 52, and I have started into my menopaise recently. I wonder if that explains all the new allergies?
Thanks again,
jay :)

Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2011 - 3:49am
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Simple solution...stop eating peanuts. Don't be afraid. BE aware. See how simple that is.
Asian foods contain peanuts, specifically thai. You can tell restaurants no peanuts. You'll be fine.
When I get a tummy ache or an allergy from something, I stop using it. Simple.
Be aware.

Posted on: Sat, 06/11/2011 - 12:33pm
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Yep, I've stoped eating peanuts, and all the stuff that contains traces of peanuts, since i tested myself by eating nothing but peanut loaf, which pretty much nailed it. It's not actually THAT simple, is it?
I've also had to cut out ALL grains, now, as well as dairy (have been dairy intolerant for years), all vegetable oils and most kinds of beans (well, i 'm reacting to the ones i was eating regularly, haven't got around to trying the others yet). I'm not. Oh and I'm vegetarian, so that doesn't leave much that I can eat.
I stopped eating out years ago, because it's much too hard to get a gluten-free meal out, especially if you react to the slightest trace of it (as I do). It's just not worth the subsequent misery.
The good new is that my GP has finally referred me to an allergy clinic. :) First appointment next month

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