Food Allergy Testing Recommendations

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UMDTerp2001
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   Posted 2/14/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone have a food allergy testing company they recommend??? Thanks! Sal
 
 
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- 29 y/o professional male residing in Northern Virginia
- Indeterminate UC Diagnosis - April, 2006 - Symptoms were sudden and drastic - with appearance of fistula now testing for Crohns
- Completed 3rd Prednisone taper on 4/13/07 - Tapered from early January through mid-April after being hospitalized from a bad flare with anemia & severe joint pain.
- Currently in remission and enjoying life again since getting out of the hospital in early Jan 07' from a nasty flare
- 4 Colazal/day, Multivitamin, Fish oil & Primal Defense Probiotics
- Enjoy the outdoors, relaxing and spending time with family and friends


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 2/14/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Sal,

'Allergy Care Centers' has several locations in the DC metro area. I haven't used their services yet but plan on doing so soon.  Also, I'll be paying out of pocket for this, but I think certain insurance providers may cover it.

http://www.myallergycare.com/contact.html#locations


Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
 
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone 60mg - taper.


UMDTerp2001
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   Posted 2/14/2008 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Rio in Maryland! I'll check into their services. It sounds more personal than just sending a sample away...
 
 
__________________________________________________________________________________
- 29 y/o professional male residing in Northern Virginia
- Indeterminate UC Diagnosis - April, 2006 - Symptoms were sudden and drastic - with appearance of fistula now testing for Crohns
- Completed 3rd Prednisone taper on 4/13/07 - Tapered from early January through mid-April after being hospitalized from a bad flare with anemia & severe joint pain.
- Currently in remission and enjoying life again since getting out of the hospital in early Jan 07' from a nasty flare
- 4 Colazal/day, Multivitamin, Fish oil & Primal Defense Probiotics
- Enjoy the outdoors, relaxing and spending time with family and friends


princesa
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   Posted 2/14/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I paid out of pocket for the ELISA testing and found it to be useless for me. I react to alot of foods, but the test only showed paprika and some obscure mold I'd never heard of. Evidently, there are sensitivites it just doesn't pick up on, although I have no idea why.

Before you spend alot of money, you may want to try experimenting on your own with elimination diets and pulse testing. These things don't cost you a dime and may give you more answers than the expensive tests.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.
 
 


princesscolon
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   Posted 2/14/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
The one I used was www.nowleap.com from my GI's recommendation. I got my blood taken at the hospital and sent out by my GI to the company. I got a huge print-out explaining everything with charts, etc. They sent me a little laminated card like a buisness card with my main reactive foods. Since I have eliminated the foods, I have way less D and migraines. They have nutrionists who you work with over the phone. I was told my insurance would cover, then got the bill for $1,800 and insurance said they never authorized it. So if you are hoping the insurance will pay, I'd double or triple check that it was authorized before you do it. It was worth the money though anyways.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15, Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Feb 11) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica for Fibromyalgia started 1/17/08

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