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damo123
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   Posted 5/12/2008 5:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had a blood allergy test done for food intolerances. The literature says that this test is over 90% accurate. Just wondering is that really true or marketing hype!
 
When you removed the foods that the test indicated you were intolerant too did things improve for you. Just talking about stomach and bowel symptoms in general and not specific to UC.
 
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princesscolon
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   Posted 5/12/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I took the LEAP blood test. Since I followed it, I get less migraines and D. I was shocked to find out carrots, oats, and apples were high on my list. Then again, it didn't have milk on there, which kills me. And I was told that's cause it was a sensitivity not an intolerance or something of that sort. I think it was helpful because I also found out I am intolerant of blue food coloring and MSGs, which explains a lot.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08,  Humira started 4/4/08


bookworm21
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   Posted 5/12/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
That's a really good idea! Is the LEAP test something that is usually covered by insurance? If not, how much does it cost?

Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
Seasonal allergies
9 Asacol/day, 1000 mg Canasa (caused side effects), Proctofoam
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 2 pills/day
Calcium chews
 


quincy
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   Posted 5/12/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Haven't....but curious as to what your results are.

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*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


princesscolon
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   Posted 5/12/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Some insurances do cover it, it doesn't hurt to ask!
http://www.nowleap.com/
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08,  Humira started 4/4/08


princesa
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   Posted 5/12/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I took the ELISA test. Spent a ton of money only to have it come back that I was allergic to paprika and some obscure mold. And I react to all kinds of foods... so for me, it was useless. I was astounded and the doc who ordered it for me had no explanation why nothing showed up. In my experience, good ol' trial and error, an elimination diet, pulse testing and a food journal were all more effective in finding offending foods and don't cost anything but time and effort.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.
 
 

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