What should I ask the Allergist?

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   Posted 2/13/2012 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
  My PCP is wanting me to see an allergist b/c she prescribed an epi-pen because I had a reaction to a drink (coconut water w/ pink guava). My tongue swelled, the whole shebang.
I have felt like I have some kind of allergies that we don't know about. I get a lot of headaches, sickness, stomache problems, , a lot of which can't really be explained and I have A LOT of medication allergies. Also, I always feel like my tongue is too big for my mouth...if that makes any sense.
I have seen an allergist once or twice and had the basic test and scratch test wich showed just some seasonal/dust/pollen allergies and I have to be careful with Red Food dye 5, but not all red stuff....
I was wondering, what are some questions I should ask him? Are there test I should ask for?
Can you have an intollerance to something but it not be an official allergy?
I really don't want to take any extra meds so hoping just to learn what to stay away from.
27 years old
Dx's: Depression/anxiety, Non-Epileptic Seizures, Migraines, repeat joint dislocations, suppressed immune system
14 Major surgeries
Meds: Cymbalta, Vyvanse, Valium, Trazadone, Ambien, Loratab

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   Posted 2/13/2012 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes you can have an intolerance with no allergy. You have to listen to your body because even with an allergic reaction to a certain item doesn't guarantee that it will show up on allergy testing. For instance, my daughter is allergic to shellfish, she breaks out in hives, but it showed negative on the blood testing. Food allergy testing is notorious for being unreliable.

If you are not sure which foods are bothering you, you can try keeping a food diary and record how you feel after consuming. Make sure you record everything that goes in your mouth. Eventually you will find the culprit(s). If you are not sure which foods are the issue, you can try one of the problem foods at a time and see if you have any reactions. It's a process of elimination.

Food and environmental allergies can be tricky to determine unless they come up and slap you in the face.
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   Posted 2/14/2012 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
These are the questions I would ask:

1. " Can you determine if I have an inherited allergy gene? " ( This will let you know that you have an illness that can turn on you in a moment; you will become insensitive to some things and extremely sensitive to other things in just days. The most serious ones will need to be treated with antigens if appropriate.)

2. "What do I need to do in my home environment to protect (as much as possible) any allergens from affecting me seriously?"

3. "What is the best prescribed antihistamine for me to use?" (I have found Zyxal, 5 mg very effective for me. )

4. "Is there any test for sensitivity to sulfites, or must I just do an elimination test to determine if I'm sensitive to them?"

5. "I think I need to be tested for the following substances"...then give him your thoughts about things you know you are allergic to.
If he doesn't give you a systematic form of avoidance to follow, ask him what he believes are the best things for you to do to protect yourself from serious allergic reactions. He definitely should know about the ones which have caused your tongue to swell.

That's probably enough to get you into a very knowledgeable way of learning how to manage your allergies. (I say "manage" because most of us with an allergy gene know that we have to balance the things we're around or eat or drink that may cause problems. )

There's real hope for improvement if you work with your allergist, and it's well worth the funds expended to be treated for the most serious ones. Your insurance will go a long way in defraying the costs for treatment.

Take care, and I hope you are successful in your allergy treatment.

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Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 2/14/2012 10:02:09 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/17/2012 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks a lot, Its genetic, thost are good questions to ask.

27 years old
Dx's: Depression/anxiety, Non-Epileptic Seizures, Migraines, repeat joint dislocations, suppressed immune system
14 Major surgeries
Meds: Cymbalta, Vyvanse, Valium, Trazadone, Ambien, Loratab

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   Posted 2/18/2012 2:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Keep a diary of everything you eat and drink and the same times something happens too. You would be surprised what you can learn.

I found many migraine and headache triggers like too many bananas and chocolate and so on
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