vitamin deficiency, allergy testing good for crohns?

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   Posted 11/20/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone out there had vitiman or allergy testing done?
If so how did your results turn out.
I had ciliac testing and it was normal. Im just wondering if a food allerrgy was contributing to chrons.

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   Posted 11/20/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been tested for several vitamin deficiencies that can be associated with Crohn's disease. Most of these are a result of malabsorption issues associated with Crohn's. I had a vitamin B 12 deficiency that was detected.

I have not had any food allergy testing done. Some people with CD here report having lactose intolerance or a lactose allergy. Off the top of my head I can't recall of other food allergy testing that anyone has had. If one does have a food allergy or intolerance I suppose it could manifest itself with GI symptoms.
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   Posted 11/20/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I have had tests and have an allergy to lactose, deficiency in B12, calcium, Vitamin D, folic acid and Iron - have had infusions to put the iron levels right. Once I stopped using lactose I noticed if I had iceream or cream etc that I would get very severe D.

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   Posted 11/20/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter found out that she was deficient in vitamin D and iron. These days, the medical community seems to agree that there is a high correlation between vitamin D and the propensity to have cancer. Now, researchers are looking into the possibility that vitamin D deficiency can cause a greater propensity for auto immune and inflammatory bowel diseases. 

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   Posted 11/22/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi What are you doing to bring up your B-12 there are sublingual B-12 tablets for under the tongue and nasal gel for those who cain't absorb the B-12 both are found in health food stores. I was reading that the gastric acids are needed also to break down the foods so that B-12 can be absorbed in the liver and muscles. Especially hard for people over 60 .I wonder how that works for the people on acid reducers like us with CD. Seems there is never enough to learn. As far as allergies to dairy wouldn't hurt to try to stay off it to see how you do. Best Wishes. lol gail

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   Posted 11/22/2007 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi.  I had food allergy tests done.  I am allergic to bananas, shellfish, onions, and kiwi.
I also am anemic and take iron supplements for that.
I have tons of other environmental and medication allergies as well.
To me, I assume since we may have overactive immune systems, that allergies are part of the immune response, and it's gotta be tied in there somewhere.
Finally Dx- April 13 2007 (age 26) ilio-crohn's-colitis. Surgeries:appendectomy, cholecystectomy, tonsillectomy, pinidal cyst removed,emergency abdominal surgery for hemorrhaging ovary from burst ovarian cyst, LEEPcervix, emergency abdominal surgery for grapefruit sized ovarian cyst removal, D and C of uterus, lumpectomy of breast.
MEDS: remicade, Asacol TID, protonix, metformin, prozac, wellbutrin, trazodone, multi V, iron, B complex, flaxseed. Vegetarian, leaning towards vegan. no nuts, seeds, or wheat.
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   Posted 11/22/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   

I have had the food allergy test and I was allergic to cabbage, celery, asparagus, brocholi, bananas, plums. Once I eliminated these foods from my diet, you cannot believe the difference in how I feel.

I was eating cabbage several times a week, celery daily and brocohli as I thought they were good foods for anyone. Once I stopped, my blood pressure became normal, blood sugars normal, cholesterol normal and I feel like a 20 year old..It has made a tremendous difference in my daily life.



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   Posted 11/23/2007 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
What type of doctor does food allergy testing? Is it blood or scratch tests? Andrew you are an inspiration. Hmm, after a banana smoothie this am, I was terribly bloated.
Diagnosed at age 19 with CD.
3 small bowel resections, 1 for perforation, 2 for strictures 

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