I have lived on the east and west coast. I also have also lived in France in 1993. I do not remember being bit but I have had a history of on and off, rash and flu.
I became allergic when I started on thyroid meds in 2001. It all started when I had had a miscarriage and hemorrhaged. I was in the hospital for a week. The MD wanted to give me a transfusion but I said no. I took a long time to recover. I was so tired, that when I tried to lift my finger up. It felt like it had the weight of the world on it.. This when the MD said I had hypothyroid. I took the thyroid meds for 3 years. At first I did not know what was going on. I was not able to eat raw apples any more. When I did the roof of my mouth would get red and itchy. Then it was carrots too. Over time cucumber, cherries, grapes, almonds, peaches, and plums. I could eat them if they were cooked but not if they were raw, even in juice form. The doctors did not know what to do. Over time the reaction got stronger. The swelling moved into my throat. Making it difficult to breath. If I tried to cut up carrots for dinner my throat would swell.
After taking the meds for 3 years. I had bowel trouble. My stools were coming out pencil thin. I ended up having bowel sugary. Again I hemorrhaged, the surgeon was impressed(he was talking about it all excited). He put me on a diet of blueberry, banana and flax seed shakes. I stayed on this for a month(it was only supposed to be a couple of weeks). I was scared to eat real food. It hurt to poop!
I also went off the thyroid meds. I was amazed at the stuff that came out of me. Knowing that I was not cheating and the only thing going into me was the shakes. My skin cleared up and I felt great. At the end of this time I told my doc that I had been off the thyroid meds for a month. She told me to stay off it for 2 more months and then we would test and see if I still needed them. I was on a small dose of levoxyl.
Over this time I was able to eat some of the last foods that had give me problems.I was so excited! My diet was very limited. When I went back on the thyroid meds the allergies came back. My doctor told me this is not possible. There is no documentation showing that this can happen. I was sent to an endocrinologist who diagnosed my with hashimoto's disease and an allergy to beef. My TSH levels with beef 87, without beef 32. My thyroid test cannot be done with beef. Over the next year we tried several different thyroid meds. They all did the same thing. The endocrinologist did not know what to do with me. So I was told to seek alternative treatment. I was also told if I did not find a way to take the thyroid meds my system would shut down and I would die.
In 2005 I found a naturopath/oriental medicine doc. She did a allergy test and took me off of sugar, dairy, and soy. She also took me off of gluten. She believed I also had auto immune disease.
I have been off the thyroid meds. The allergies are almost gone. Just in the last two months I have been able to eat carrots. I tried a little apple the other day and was OK. I did not have a reaction! It was covered in sauce. I would not have tried if I knew it was there. I am very afraid of raw apples.
In may of 2009 my Igenex western blot test came back the results were;
IMG igenex positive
18++ cdc negative
IGG igenex positive
31++ cdc negative
I really don't understand the results.
I am now on samento and lots of supplements. I am taking it slow due to H1n1 in dec, and dengue this month.
I am not sure where this allergic reaction came from. Lyme?
Has anyone had this kind of allergic reaction to foods?