When I was little, my mom used to make a dish of rice, green peppers, tomatoes and chicken, and every time she made it, I would complain of a stomach ache and wouldn't eat it. She would always just get mad and think I was just being difficult! Then when I was 4 years old (I'm now 25), we drove an hour to get take-away from a Chinese restaurant that didn't cook with MSG, and on the way home I ate 3 little popcorn shrimp. Once we got home, my heart started to race and I had dry heaves, and a weird blood-vessel pattern covered my skin. My parents called the pediatrician, who told them to give me benedrill (not yet knowing I was also allergic to Red Dye #40) and rush me to the hospital (it was night-time but he offered to meet us there). By the time I got there, the reaction had mostly subsided, but he told my parents to get me allergy tested.
According to the results of the testing, I came up #4 (highest level) as allergic to Shellfish and Peanuts, and was also allergic to chicken, rice, peppers, tomatoes (all the things that were in my mom's dish). I was also allergic to citrus fruits, melon, raw carrots, bananas...and most fruits to some degree, all of which made my mouth, tongue and throat itch. I had never had an adverse reaction to peanuts, but the doctor said just to avoid them and all nuts since I tested so high. On the other hand, I never had a problem with rice, peppers or tomatoes, which I tested allergic to but never had a reaction to.
I avoided most of these foods until I turned 18, which was really difficult. I was "that kid" that everyone had to make special meal arrangements for when I came over, and it was really embarrassing at restaurants. When I was 18, the new testing showed that none of the things I was previously allergic to were positve, except for walnuts (but I'd been avoiding all nuts, so that was good news to me!).
The allergist suggested that I bring peanuts (not roasted, salted or seasoned) into his office, and try eating them there, so that if I have a reaction there'd medical staff there to help. I had no reaction, and now can eat peanuts!
However, I did the same with chicken, brought in a boiled chicken breast with no seasoning or additives, ate some in his office, and still had a reaction. It felt like I had to burp, but when I tried to, the chicken just came up in my throat, as if it just wasn't digesting and I had discomfort in my chest and I had to keep swallowing. This lasted about half an hour or so, and was the same thing that had happened when I was younger and happened with turkey and duck.
The allergist said that since I didn't test positive for chicken allergy, that it wasn't an allergy and must be a digestive problem.
However, it really makes me wonder...after my testing as a child seems to have been so inaccurate (rice, peppers and tomatoes were really no problem, and never had a problem with peanuts, but other things I WAS allergic to didn't test positive).
I don't really know what to do, and I really want to eat chicken! (and turkey and duck).
I am in marketing and sales, and go to a lot of networking luncheons and dinners...
I always have to call ahead, and then explain to the people at my table why I'm having fish or beef while they're all eating chicken.
I am kind of afraid to try it again..since it always just seems to cause the same problem.
However, I've been wondering if it is a digestive problem....are there digestive enzymes or something I could try??
I am also very allergic to Penecillin, Cephalosporins and Flagyl antibiotics, so that makes me wonder as well (except that I can eat beef and I know they give all that **** to them too!).
And I understand about people not believing you or telling you it's all in your head!! I hate that, it's NOT all in our heads...
I'm not avoiding really good food and making my life difficult just for fun!! And I'm not imagining these reactions!!