food allergies/ my new quest

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   Posted 9/10/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
So I know the food allergy tests are a controversial subject concerning Crohn's and my GI shot it down the moment I brought it up and wouldn't discuss it further than saying "Food doesn't cause this this is inflammation ". My own personal opinion, if I breath pine pollen I get inflammation in my sinuses, tons of mucus and with continued exposure I develop a sinus infection, bloody nose severe headache, puss, fever etc. So why when these symptoms appear in my gut is it impossible to be related to a food allergy. I know I have crohn's, my brother also has it and my 2 sisters have UC. I know something makes me sick and just want to rule stuff out, like food, hormones, vitamin deficiencies etc before taking the meds he is pushing. We all know we all have different food triggers, and everything you read about an IBD diet is that everyone reacts differently to certain foods and there is no one diet that will work for everyone. Is this maybe because we are all allergic to different foods?

I have read about the allergy tests for a couple of years now and know that many people shoot down the accuracy of the tests and what they really mean. But thinking it just may be a possibility I found a Dr. that actually believed me and ordered the test that tested the IGG reactions for over 100 different things. I showed a reaction to 16 different foods. most of them were minor reactions and were only a 1, but to some foods I frequently eat. However there was a high reaction to bakers yeast it was a 4, and brewers yeast it was a 3. My 2 yo son has a lot of allergies, peanuts is a 5 for him and if peanut butter touches his skin he will get welts, he accidentally had a bit of a peanut butter cookie once and immediately spit it out but choked and cried and puked mucus for ten minutes. If he smells peanut butter he will cover his face and cry and say it hurts his nose and mouth. Egg is a 3 for him and once he licked a spatula with brownie batter and got welts inside his mouth. Dogs are a 2 and it took 3 days in a relatives house with 3 dogs before he got a stuffy nose. So anyhow, looking into the bakers yeast thing and trying to figure out exactly what foods I cannot eat, I found this article and personally found it interesting.

Has anyone else here had the test done and found relief by eliminating the foods they tested reactive for? I am hopeful but am also well aware that I have a disease not just a food allergy.

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   Posted 9/10/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I have heard of folks being allergic/sensitive to gluten, so I do believe some food allergies could be problems for us. JMHO
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 9/10/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
No, haven't had them done but was seriously considering paying to have them done privately for son-mentioned this to a friend who is a consultant(not gastroenterology) and she talked me out of it saying that it was a waste of money and that you can get different readings depending on what time of the day it was(??) So not been there yet, but maybe further down the line...

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   Posted 9/10/2010 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
My insurance wouldn't cover the tests through the lab that My Dr uses but the codes for the tests themselves she said were all covered. I trust my Dr and her faith in the lab that she uses so I paid out of pocket and it was $355. For me I feel it was money well spent, I pay over $600 for my scopes that always show the same thing "inflammation" so now I have some new information that I am really hoping will be useful. I also tested positive for other things that are in my regular diet like pepper.

Nanners Several Dr's have tested me for Gluten intolerance and it always came back negative, however my allergy test came back with a mild reaction to wheat it was a 1. so since I am apparently cutting out all breads and related products due to the bakers yeast I will be eliminating wheat as well. And according to info I have found so far the bakers yeast can also be in seasonings, BBQ sauces, salad dressings, and other condiments, and is not listed as an ingredient because I guess it is naturally occurring in processing? so I will be leading a very limited food life, plain fruit veggies and meat, also known as the caveman diet. My Brother tried this diet for a few months but said it was impossible to stay full and he couldn't keep his weight up. It will be a big change for me and a learning experience.

Also as far as the brewers yeast, I developed an intolerance to most alcoholic drinks over the past few years, I would get sick before I even finished a drink Now I know why, one more question answered :)
Dx CD Oct '06 mom of 3 boys
Current meds: prednisone, Lialda, probiotics, oregano, green tea, vitamins, Fish oil, Past Meds:Asacol, entocort, flagyl, cipro

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   Posted 9/11/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a typical histamine reaction to certain foods (melon, pineapple (boo hoo!) and walnuts). But eating ocean fish makes me nauseated and full and I only have to eat a couple of ounces before I'm done with the meal and any other eating. Way back when I had skin testing done and without any input from me the results came back as pineapple, walnuts and fish (in addition to the more expected pollen allergies). That was weird.

So now I eat very little ocean fish. No shellfish of any kind, either. But I still have Crohn's!
48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (6g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, vit. D (20K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.

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   Posted 9/11/2010 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had skin tests done on a few foods, mostly nuts. I tested as allergic to all of them, however cashews is the only one I've ever had a bad go-to-ER reaction. So I stick to the nuts on the lower end of the allergy scale, and avoid those that were close to where cashews fell on the scale. I also do a 4 day nut rotation (almonds, peanut butter, pecans, macadamia nuts) to hopefully keep any major reactions at bay.

Good luck! I hope you find success with your new diet :-)
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, CoQ10, Betaine HCl
SCD since 12/01/08

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   Posted 9/11/2010 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think that there is any doubt that you can be allergic to foods and have reactions that manifest both interally and externally. On the other hand, like a few of the others have mentioned, this does not mean that you do not have crohn's disease.You still need to be on a maintenance med to keep it under control even if you eliminate the food or foods that are causing the allergic reaction. I have no true food allergies but know that acidic foods are going to get me. I feel that with all the Crohn's research that is going on that allergies would have been one of the first things to be looked at.

Post Edited (tsitodawg) : 9/11/2010 10:55:07 PM (GMT-6)

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