36 and just finding out I'm allergic to almost everything!

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   Posted 11/9/2017 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been dealing with severe headaches and fatigue, joint pain, digestive issues, cystic acne and sinus infections for roughly 5 years. I have had lumbar punctures, nerve blocks, tons of medicines and antibiotics, and even surgery. Finally, my ENT decided I had to have allergies because of the inflammation in my sinuses and ears with out infection. So I got skin tested for allergies, environmental and food. I tested positive on 30/35 environmental allergies. I tested positive or borderline on only 8/24 foods. My biggest allergies are orange, milk and bakers yeast. I was told to completely cut them out and I am having issues with that because there is milk in soooooo many things. My other allergy/intolerance as far as food goes corn, soy, rye, rice, and oats. I have eaten corn and had digestive issues but never seemed to have issues with corn chips ect. also I am not sure what about rice. I have eaten rice several times and never had any noticeable issues. Could it be that I am always noticing a headache and joint pain that could be coming from the rice or corn? Or even the oats. I am at a loss here, I go back on the 21st of this month to go over the entire allergy work up, so I will have more information then. Has anyone else tested positive on something with the skin allergy test that didn't seem to bother them? I am new here and I was trying to look through older posts to see if there was anything like that. I thank you very much for any time or help you may have.

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   Posted 11/9/2017 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I went through skin-prick allergy testing about 12 years ago, when I was around your age, and found I was allergic to something like 60/100 pollens, and dust mites, and about 10/30 foods.

The foods included things like soy, peanuts, potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, and others. I did an elimination diet, getting rid of all the things I tested positive for. After a couple of months, I hadn't noticed any difference. So I started adding them back in to my diet, one by one, and didn't notice any change there either. At that point my allergy doctor admitted that the skin tests for food allergies aren't reliable (they are much more reliable for airborne allergens like pollens that elicit a response in the airways).

The funny thing is, I've only had a reaction to one food - shrimp - yet my skin tests for shrimp allergies were negative!

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   Posted 11/10/2017 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you beave for your reply. I have eaten some beef fried rice, and am now dealing with the consequences. It is nice to know that it isn't irritable bowl or anything and nice to also know now that I can tie it to something. I never really put too much thought into it because my stomach issues have been such a rollercoaster that it never seemed to be tied to anything really. I am now keeping track of what I eat and how my body reacts to see what if anything that I need to eliminate completely. I will start an elimination diet now and see if I can try anything else on the list in a few weeks. I know now that rice will not be one of the things I reintroduce. My big issues are orange, yeast, and milk. I had no idea about the yeast but have had issues with orange and milk for years. I drink almond milk and just stay away from oranges and their juice. Now I will have to test bakers yeast first and foremost because I am in love with homemade rolls and bread. I cannot get through thanksgiving or Christmas without them! I never really liked much soy anyway so that will not be a problem to remove, except that it is in a ton of things. I make a lot of my foods from scratch anyway, so I am guessing that is why I never realized the issues. I do know that corn is not my friend but I don't understand eating a corn tortilla has never seemed to cause me any problems. Now that I am keeping track, I am sure that I will notice something subtle maybe. Again thank you for you reply. I am hoping that an elimination diet will help me tremendously. It seems to be helpful for many people.

Joan M
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   Posted 12/20/2017 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I am very allergic to all respiratory allergens, grasses, mites, weeds and all. Very allergic to drugs too. Luckily not allergic to any foods.

Sorry you having this problem. It is pretty shocking to have to alter your life so much. I was 38 when my problems started and it does not go away but can subside but flare up again.

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   Posted 1/1/2018 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I never had issues with allergies until I was 32 years old.  It begin with migraines once or twice a month.  As the years progressed, my health worsened quickly. The migraines were more frequent, my joints were sore and my neck and upper back hurt frequently.  Psoriasis appeared on my scalp during difficult episodes. My lymph nodes swelled in my neck, under my ears and on the back of my head (lower and upper) causing nausea. It felt as though my head had been wounded.  These symptoms affected my cognitive and impaired my memory and focus. I was convinced something was terribly wrong.  

I am 45 today. And I have not improved.  My health is much worse and I have aged considerably.  I have been tested for many diseases and they are negative.  My doctors have diagnosed me with severe allergies among other minor illnesses.  I am perplexed. I've never had trouble with allergies in my life.  But I did experience major trauma and loss. So there's a chance this depleted my immune system over the years. I tested positive for a slew of allergens including rare ones such as pine. I live in the Northwest. So this makes it difficult.  I've been getting allergy shots for three years.  Allergens are not my only problem. My migraines are debilitating. I used to get 2 a month on average. I am now getting up to 7 a week during bad months. (Currently).  On a good month, I get 2-3 a week. The other days are spent recuperating. So a normal, healthy day is a thing of my past. I haven't seen a healthy, pain free, clear headed day in years. I take Imitrex to help control these migraines. Without it, I would never function at all. I have very dry sinuses and throat. So I often wake up with a migraine because my sinuses are so dry. Even though I run two humidifiers, use saline spray and nose gel. Upon waking, my face and eyes are very swollen. 

Allergies control my life. Although I am still very happy, appreciative and feel very blessed, I cry on a regular basis because my quality of life has been reduced greatly.  I used to wake up and get super pretty every day. I loved fashion and my nails were always matching. My hair was always in perfect new styles. Not anymore. I lack the strength.  I miss myself.  So much. I still laugh a great deal. I'm happy often. But I cry a lot too. Allergies can be nasty. They can control every aspect of your life.
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