Posted 10/26/2014 9:26 AM (GMT -7)
Hey everyone. I am new to this forum and I wanted to share my story and get any opinions. I apologize in advance that my post is lengthy.
My history with food allergies has been nonexistent…I have never had a known food allergy. I do have some of the more 'typical' allergies including cats, dogs, mold, dust mites, grass, olive trees. I have taken one allergy pill a day (Claritin or Zyrtec) and that has been enough to keep my allergies in check.
I am 25 years old and in general I eat a wide variety of foods. Approximately 3 weeks ago, I started adding pea protein to my smoothies. The same day that I started adding it to my smoothies my body became "itchy." Here are a couple of additional pieces of information:
1) I never even imagined that something like pea protein (something that was supposed to be so healthy for me) would cause an allergy. It took me a while to put two and two together, so I ended up using pea protein (one large scoop/day) for a full 7 days before I made the connection.
2) When I originally started having my symptoms, I was telling people (including my doctor) that I was itchy. I later realized that this term was incorrect. I was not itching per say (itching my skin gave me no relief, hydrocortisone did not help, oatmeal baths did not help, etc). Rather, it was like a bunch of pin prick sensations, mainly on my legs, but also some on my arms. When I would get these sensations, I would have to put some pressure on them to make them go away. If I just tried to ignore them, I would end up twitching. This make sleeping incredibly difficult for a while because the sensations were happening so often (I would get one on my right shin, then my other shin, then my arm, then my thigh, then my shin…you get the picture)
Anyways, after speaking with my doctor about the use of pea protein and these pin prick sensations, she explained it like this: She said that my immune system was unsure how to react to this invader and it was sending out nerve signals (hence the need to put pressure on the spots where I felt the pin prick sensation for relief) like crazy. She told me that it could take some time for my immune system to readjust.
It has been 2 full weeks since I stopped taking the pea protein. My symptoms have decreased significantly (I am finally able to sleep!), yet they haven't completely subsided. I have now noticed that many other foods are starting to impact me. My question is, do you think that my immune system is still readjusting and there are many foods that could be potentially bothering it while it is regaining strength, or, is it possible that this pea protein allergy brought about additional food allergies (I don't even know if that is possible)?