Posted 4/30/2006 3:20 PM (GMT -7)
I agree that you need allergy testing for foods. But, in my opinion, it sounds like it is more likely acid reflux, especially where it has only been the last two months. It's true that food allergies, (well any allergy really), can pop up quite suddenly. But, the fact that you are getting those increasing gassy/burp feelings, and because of the types of foods that trigger it, it sounds like reflux disease. You can have the sensation of food being stuck in your throat, or in your case, feeling like your throat is closing up. Fast food burgers and fries, BBQ wings with blue cheese, taco salad...what do these foods all have in common? JUNK! Foods in restaurants, especially fast food places, are all processed. That is the worst kind of food to eat. That is why Chinese food makes a lot of people sick, due to the MSG. Certain kinds of Chinese food will cause me to wake up in the middle of the night vomiting. Processed foods also have more iodine in them which is not good. I have GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. Some of the key foods to avoid include, french fries, ground beef (burgers), ckn nuggets, buffalo wings, corn chips (probably in that taco salad), and tomatoes (in ketchup and BBQ sauce). Everything you are saying bothers you. I would try over the counter medicines such as Prilosec and Pepcid. There is also Tagamet. Over the counter may not be strong enough for some people (I need Prevacid) but, if that is what your problem is, you'll have to try those first anyway. Insurances don't like paying for PPI's (proton pump inhibitors). You have to try certain ones and fail before they will approve the meds like Nexium, Prevacid, Aciphex, and Protonix. If it comes to that though, your doctor will tell you which ones they cover. Allergy testing is still a good idea, even if it is just reflux. I have tons of food allergies, from milk and eggs, to coconut and radish, to coffee and brewer's yeast. I don't drink beer anyway but, I started taking a B-complex vitamin and my colitis acted up. I looked and found out they have brewer's yeast in them. Oops.
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GERD, Allergic rhinitis, Arthritis(spine, knees, and wrists), Chronic fatigue, Asthma, Vitamin B-12 deficiency to name a few.
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