This is my first post here. So a little background. Most of my life I haven't felt that well. I've always had a little fatigue, but I've also had a lot of sinus problems, ear aches, headaches... also some psychological issues like amxiety and depression. On three different occasions I've had unexplained anaphylactic (sp?) reactions that involved trips to the ER, but no explaination could ever be found as to what caused them and I was never referred to an allergist.
Seven years ago I started having breathing problems, throat tightness, and heart palpitations. I saw an ENT doctor for a bit and he was able to clear up the sinus issues to a degree. Over the time I saw him the infection kept coming back and the last time he told me that if it came back again I'd be looking at surgery. I didn't want that so even though it came back just 6 weeks later, I didn't go back. I've been keeping it managed with nasal irrigation and a few herbs here and there.
Fast forward to two years ago. I'd finally gotten tired of being tired, anxious and depressed and having doctors basically fob me off over and over again. So I started seeing a naturopathic doctor. He has been amazing. One of the first things he did was to put me on a natural antidepressant with 20,000% the RDA of the methyl B12, plus the P5P form of B6 and methyl folate as well as a few other things. That alone made an improvement.
He also had me do a saliva test and I found that I have stage two adrenal fatigue so I'm taking a supplement for that which has helped with my insomnia. He did have me try to go gluten free for a bit, but I actually felt worse which really frustrated him. I know why now, the soy, corn and potato starches used in so many gluten free foods. Wheat actually doesn't bother me as long as it's sprouted and has no mollasas. Finally, he told me that he suspects delayed food allergies. There is a list of foods that I've avoided for some time and he told me to try and eat a little bit of them so that I'd have some of the proteins floating around for the test to pick up. So all that weekend I'm eating all this stuff that I usually avoid and getting sicker and sicker. I was so glad when that weekend was over. Had the blood taken that Monday. Then I saw my therapist on Tuesday and I still looked like I'd been hit by a truck.
I was so convinced that this test was going to come back with all these allergies, but no! What came back was that I was allergic to most of my safe foods. That was six months ago. In these six months I've tried eating all these other things and not my safe foods and I keep feeling worse and worse. I've heard that if you eat something a lot it can cause a false positive on a blood test and I wonder if that's what happened.
So so I've been avoiding these foods that I'm supposed to be allergic to and eating the ones that I'm not supposed to be, but just like the gluten free experiment, I keep feeling worse and worse and keep having these random allergic reactions. So my ND said he was stumped and I finally got the referral to the allergist after like 20 years of this.
The allergist did the regular skin tests for most common allergens and nothing came up. Then he asked me to list some of the foods that bother me, and I told him that a lot of them make no sense.
So what bothers me?
Almost all condiments, mayo is probably the least offensive.
A lot of breads, but not all.
Dried fruit, but not prunes.
Almost all shellfish.
Almost all cured meat like bacon, ham or sausage.
Beer and wine, but not tequilla.
French fries, but not baked potatoes.
Most corn products, but not corn itself.
The pickled stuff bothers me so bad that when I have to cut the pickle spears at work I itch. I wear gloves so I don't touch them and I certainly don't eat them, but just the fumes makes my face itch. I also itch when the fry guy opens the oven to pull out the fries. I had not wanted to tell the allergist about that because it just sounds so absolutely nutty, but as soon as I told him that. That's when he said, "I know what your problem is. You're allergic to sulfites." He then told me that there's no really reliable test for sufite allergies, but from what I told him, he didn't think it was necessary anyway.
So here I am. Congratulations, if you got through all of that.