Allergy Testing

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Momikins
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 8/27/2008 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been having a lot of allergy symptoms despite being told over a year ago that I tested negative to the 30 most common local allergens.  It was unbelieveable to me that I could have no allergies since as a young child I was diagnosed with over 45 and had to be on allergy shots for 10 years.  O.K,...well, I didn't have to be on the shots...my parents chose to keep me on them since after starting them I immediately enjoyed much better health.  In fact, prior to my allergy shots I was plagued with one cold after the next and had pneumonia so many times I lost count.  Anyway, last year I was told for the first time in my life that I had no allergies!!!!  Then, a few months ago a doc burst my bubble and told me that considering my inflammed sinuses I MUST have allergies.  So, my allergy doc decided to run a bunch of blood allergy tests.  I finally got in on Monday and they drew 5 viles of blood.  Now, I'm waiting & wondering.  Could the inflammation in my sinuses be caused by the Crohn's?  Could I have developed a bunch of new allergies?  Could the allergies have caused my Crohn's?  I have so many questions and no answers.  There's also the fact that I was so sick as a child with pneumonia all the time that the doctors had me on adult doses of antibiotics by the age of six and even broke the rules and put me on two different antibiotics at the same time.  There's the fact that my illnesses and/or all the antibiotics messed with my blood cell count and the doc put me on gamma shots to replace my white blood cells.  I'm wondering if all of this messed with my immune system and if that is why I ended up with Crohn's.  Does any one out there have a similar background of allergy problems, lots of childhood illness, abuse of antibiotic, or gamma shot use?

SouthPaw33
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 8/27/2008 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   

 

 Hi there, not sure about all the allergies, but i also had pnemonia 3 times as a child. Our immune system is our only line of defense towards all these common occurances, but early childhood illnesses could always play a factor in auto-immune diseases. I had umbillicle hernia repair 6 months before I was dx'd with c/d. I for some odd reason used to blame the surgeon for giving me crohn's because I thought they might have used unsterile equipement when performing the surgery and ever since that surgery all food has a metallic taste to it also.. I also in the same boat that you are in also though. On friday i have an allergy scratch test and hope that goes well. I hope all goes well for you also. God bless..


Momikins
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 8/28/2008 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks SouthPaw for your reply.  I'm trying to figure out why I need to blame someone or something for me getting this disease.  I don't know why I can't just accept the fact that I've got it.  I hope all goes well with your allergy testing.

ZenaWP
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 884
   Posted 8/29/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Momikins, I had asthma and allergies as a kid (and got allergy shots) and just recently went to see an allergist for the first time in probably 10 years last month.  From what he told me, having the messed up immune system causes the allergies too, so I think it all started with the overactive immune system and you developed allergies, Crohn's, etc. because of that.  And yes, you can develop allergies as you get older and you can stop being allergic to things you were allergic to as a kid (as I recently discovered). 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


insagent
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 97
   Posted 8/29/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I had allergies and was always sick as a child!! I did the allergy testing when I was in Jr High and was put on allergy shots, took those for years until I turned 18 and got married, couldn't afford the shots so I quit, got tested again last year because I stay sick and the dr said that I didn't need to be put back on shots. ??? I thought he was crazy but guess he knows best. I also have asthma.
 
Tannie 26 yrs
dx May 08 taking 30mg Prednisone,trying to taper, 100mg 6-mp, Asacol 6 twice a day, Remicade. 


Keeper
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 1058
   Posted 8/29/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if this applies, but allergies to foods can develop if you are taking PPI's (stomach acid controlling drugs). Those PPI's raise the pH of the stomach enough so that digestive enzymes don't function properly (they require a specific range of pH to work). When that happens, undigested food passes into the colon and contacts the mucosa. Crohn's is associated with an increased gut permeability (Crohn's also impairs digestion, so you don't really need to take PPI's for this to happen) and this allows food proteins to pass through and start an immune response, which shows up as an allergy. Crohn's itself is said to be a result of an immune reaction to normal gut bacteria. This happens also as a result of the bacteria passing through the gut lining. This can happen due to increased gut permeability (stress, NSAIDS, gut infection, alcohol, etc. can cause this). The infection component may (my own idea - no proof) result from certain gut bacteria attacking the site of gut damage caused by food. There are a couple of possible sources of food causing damage. One is the food lectins (wheat and beans both have lectins that have been shown to cause visible microscopic damage). The other would be pre-existing food allergies. The immune response to food allergens would result in some tissue damage from the inflammatory part of the response. Damaged gut areas could then be infected by certain common gut bacteria (Bacteroides fragilis, for one). So, you can have both - Crohn's causing allergies and allergies causing Crohn's.

Momikins
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 8/29/2008 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies.  I'm trying to understand them, but even with a Bachelors degree I find that when I read some of the comments about what is happening inside of us I just don't understand it.  I suppose that if I keep studying, I will eventually understand.  Anyway, most of my allergy blood work has come back.  My inhallant RAST tests said I'm showing no allergic sensitivities to grass, trees, weeds, ect.  The food RAST is showing no allergies to soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, and there were a few others.  I'm still waiting for the rest of the food RASTS to be finished.  I'm very perplexed since the docs swear that my sinus inflammation must be from allergies.  Also, my childhood allergist said that I would develope new allergies as an adult.  I have been told that if no allergies show up I have Vaso motor rhinitis which is treated basically the same as allergies.  I'll still be taking sudafed, and using FLonase, but I won't need an antihistamine.  It's an interesting connection, though, between my allergy history and the Crohn's.
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Monday, December 05, 2016 3:45 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,732,879 posts in 301,067 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151222 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, TAS-MS/lupy.
180 Guest(s), 1 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
delta30


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer