Sudden Allergies Linked to RA Celiacs?

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   Posted 4/15/2014 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I will try to make this brief...

I am diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Have been for 15 years.
Recently, I had a severe abdominal reaction, centered in my small intestine
Doctor put me on a liquid diet. Told me to stay away from gluten and dairy (they think it might be Celiacs, not confirmed yet). I was cleared to incorporate food back in 3 weeks ago, I was on the liquid diet for 3 weeks as well. Immediately I noticed reactions to other foods. Peanuts, chicken, red meat, sausage, bananas cause mild to mo4derate allergic reactions, and meat also makes my muscles very sore, and my bones. And everything remotely acidic gives me heartburn. Except for the heartburn, the rest seem like allergies. My lips tingle and burn, my eyes water, my throat itches, and I get really itchy. If I eat only rice, lentils, potato and select veggies, I am fine. Eggs make me gassy, but other than that are fine. And fish seems okay, too. Is it possible that I am suddenly allergic to everything? And should I avoid eggs and tree nuts? I havent tried any tree nuts. Thanks for any advice!

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   Posted 4/16/2014 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Kit, to the forum.

I've heard of things like this but have no idea what the problem is. If you don't have chronic problems it's pretty hard to say it's celiac, I would guess. (I'm not a doctor!) Celiac is about gluten, not all the other foods that may be giving you trouble.

It might help with diagnosis to keep a good food, drink and medicine diary. If you can pinpoint when a reaction takes place after any particular food(s) maybe an allergist could help. If you put "food journal" in the search box at the top of the page you can find many posts about it.

The "gold standard" test for celiac is the biopsy of the small intestine. Blood tests are pretty inaccurate. You have to be eating gluten for a long time before the test to get an accurate result.

There's a whole forum here just for celiac.

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   Posted 5/11/2014 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have any pollen allergies, you could be experiencing Oral Allergy Syndrome. The tingling lips and tongue are very common indicators. It occurs in about 30% of people with allergies, can pop up at any time. It occurs because your immune system identifies a protein in the food that is close enough to the protein in the pollen to cause a reaction. Sometimes cooking the food helps, but not always. It is possible for one's throat to close or to experience anaphylactic shock. You should see an allergist and, if it is OAS, carry an epinephrine pen with you.
Celiac disease caused all my allergies to worsen, before I was diagnosed, and causes OAS with many fruits and vegetables. You can find lists of cross-reaction foods for each of the major pollens and mold. It sometimes changes as seasonal pollens change.
Good luck to you!
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