food intolerance tests

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piercedinwales
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   Posted 7/19/2006 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I've had IBS for 6 years and no medication I've tried from my doctors has helped. I saw on TV a food intolerance test that can be done via a blood test. I have begged my doctors for such a test and have been told that there is no such thing and that there is no test at all for food intolerances. Apprently the only tests are the patch tests for allergies, rather than intolerances and since you have to be severly allergic to the items you are being tested for there is no point in doing these as if i was so allergic to a certain food i would know by now. They insist these blood tests are a scam for sure. I just wondered if anyone had heard of them or tried them as i know they can be done as home testing kits that you buy off line, just as the one shown on the lorrain kelly LK today. i guess i just believed it must be real to be on such a reputable show.However the ones on line cost £200 and i dont have that money to spend unless i knew for sure they were for real. Jayne xx

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/19/2006 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Personally, I wouldn't trust any medical diagnostic kit sold over the internet. They are usually in league with people who sell you "cures" as soon as they "diagnose" you with a problem.

I don't know about the UK, but over in the US we have allergy clinics and they are the ones that test you for allergies. I know some people on here have been and that they have been diagnosed with some intolerances. Basically they showed a mild reaction to something, but not a full-blown allergy reaction. I have heard it is a pretty imprecise science when it comes to foods (I know they nailed all of my mother's non-food allergies, though), but it can go a long ways towards confirming any suspicions you might have. In other words, if you think you have a problem with dairy, and it shows an intolerence to dairy proteins, then between your observations and the tests results, you can figure that you probably have a dairy intolerence. This means that when you consume dairy you may or may not react badly to it, depending on a number of conditions. It's my understanding, though, that if you have a true allergy, you have a bad reaction every time you come in contact with your irritant.

piercedinwales
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   Posted 7/19/2006 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Keriamon,
Thanks for your reply. I have begged for an allergy test for that very reason (im in the uk) but doctors have refused me. I've tried cutting out different foodgroups but it is so hard to know myself as bad flare ups can happen at any time for me, sometimes after eating sometimes not. sometimes after certain foods i can have a flare up, but not another time after the same food. I really cant find a trigger myself so badly wanted help. the only reason i was holding out hope on this is as it was on one of the top morning tv programmes and the test was done on a woman with ibs and really seemed to identify her triggers and it almost cleared her ibs up when she avoided them. also as it was being used by someone with no links with the company carrying out the test, infact on the show he insisted that the NHS will do this test in some areas of the country if really really pushed to. I guess I'm jsut grasping at straws for help now that the doctors and specialists have all but given up on helping me.
once again, thanks for the reply...jayne

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/19/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard of people who go to less affluent countries to get medical treatments for much cheaper. Some friends of a co-worker of mine spent half their year in the Czech Republic (I think he was from there originally anyways) because it saved them so much money in terms of living expenses (they were retired). They saw doctors over here in the US if they needed to, but any medical procedure they needed that could wait--including dental work--they had done over there at a fraction of the cost. If you're not getting sufficient testing in the UK because the government doesn't want to pay for it, then you may want to see what it will cost you to see an English-speaking doctor in one of the poorer European countries and time your appointment to one of RyanAir's cheapy flights. You could get some tests and some vacation in at the same time! Just do plenty of research online beforehand so you don't get taken for a ride. They shouldn't do any tests that are life-threatening (like surgery), so you shouldn't have to worry about your health--at least getting any worse than now.

Lizard99
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   Posted 7/20/2006 4:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I know they can do tests for food allegeries.  I saw an internest who wants to do a bunch on me.  She said its some kind of blood test that tests like hundreds of different foods.  She also more of an old school doctor, and not anything like the gi's ive seen.  Not exactly sure what the tests are called but i can find out for you if you want.  but i would definately ask other doctors about it.  i guess i just dont really trust doctors anymore.
 
Elizabeth

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 7/20/2006 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I just looked up some sites and it says the skin test is more accurate than the blood test. I have had those skin tests a number of times in my life. Not fun.

piercedinwales
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   Posted 7/21/2006 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, thanks for your reply. I'm not sure if you can give out links on here, like the one for the skin test you mentioned, but i'll cetainly try to look for one myself online.At least next time i go to my GP i can take some evidence to them that there are tests they can try on me.

Did you have any help with the skin tests? I cant believe how the doctors totally refuse to test me knowing there are at least some types of tests they can try & knowing how ill i am with my IBS now. It seems it isn't only me though, its like they hear IBS and just shut off and loose interest and think its totally in my head. I swear they think i'm making it all up half the time.

Thanks for everyones support on here. It means a lot to me. xxx


LondonGirl22
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   Posted 7/21/2006 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't want to appear negative but I do not trust food intolerance tests. I saw a programme on tv about a man that sent off samples to different companies and they all came back with different intolerances. You can also garuntee they will tell you that you are intolerant to dairy and wheat.
If I were you talk to your doctor or GI and ask their advice on this. I asked my doctor's advice and she told me to stay away as you pay so much money for something that may not help.

I'm sorry I sound negative but I just hate seeing people pay so much money for things like this.

Victoria

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   Posted 7/21/2006 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/24/2006 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
If the skin tests Canyon is talking about is what my mother had, then no, you cannot do it yourself. I don't know if you've ever had a TB test, but it's like that. They take a needle with whatever allergen in it and stick it right up under the skin. They do it all plotted out a certain way and when you go back however long afterwards, they look to see if you have developed any sort of redness or swelling or itch and that's how they know that you are allergic. I wonder how that works with food? Anyways, that's what my mother had done and she found out that she's allergic to everything but horses and dogs. Tree pollen, grass pollen, mold, cats, rabbits... you name it, she's allergic to it. I don't know if she was tested for foods at the same time, but since she doens't have stomach upset, I'm guessing she's not allergic to any foods.

mini mouse
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   Posted 9/25/2007 3:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, you should look up Imupro 300
Its a blood test for intollerence & allergy. Im going to get one soon, just in process of saving the money, its very expensive. Ive know two people that have had it done & are very happy with the results.
Will let you all know how i go...

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 9/25/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
This is an old thread but will add that the skin tests were never considered extremely reliable for food allergies. It may be ok for allergies like rashes and things like that but not sure about the stomach part. It is often that we are not really allergic to something but just cannot digest it properly for some reason so that would not show up. Best thing is to try and avoid foods that you think are affecting you and see how it goes. Stay off dairy for 2 weeks, wheat, whatever and see how you feel. Here is a site that explains food allergies and diet.

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/allergies-elimination-diet
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