Food allergy/intolerance struggles

posted 1 year ago in Wellness
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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penguin14 :  have the looked for thinks like colitis or crohns? I have family members with colitis and the frequent bathroom trips (particularly with fatty or fiberous foods) is common for them. Also how are your stress levels? Anything change in the past few months? I can’t keep a darn thing in my stomach when my stress and anxiety is high – it all goes right through me. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I deal with this, I have IBS and diagnosing and figuring out triggers is a pain. Look into the No FODMAP diet and follow religiously (if it seems helpful) for at least 4 weeks. Then there is a protocol on how to reintroduce foods to find your trigger. Take probiotics to support your dogestove tract in rebuilding and healing. Avoid egg or products with egg too, as if gluten is a trigger for you it will have destroyed the part of your digestive system that processes dairy and egg. That will heal but I had to go dairy and egg free for 9 months before I reintroduced. Also pay attention to things as small as the seasoning and oils you use. I would legit do like a chicken and rice diet for a while then if things calm down, go low FODMAP, then reintroduce.

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Bumble Beekeeper

I’m surprised at the way you’re going about this. IME it’s always best to start with a limited/elimination diet and then re-introduce so you can better track whats causing it. So you start out super strict and work your way back up including more foods. 

Maybe talk to your dr about that: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/elimination-diet 

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Bee Keeper

I have deadly food allergies,  intolerances and things thst give me hives. I feel you.  

The single most important way to figure it out was to keep a food and symptom journal AND do an elimination diet. You eliminate a bunch of things and then slowly reintroduce items to see what’s giving you issues. 

I’ve done several. That’s how I figured out Im allergic to banana and avocado.

Yes it’s a pita but worth it. You have to be prepared with meal plans and ideas on what to eat. I’d discuss with the doctor. 

Also you can try first eliminating the common things like dairy. Or high acid foods. Or nightshades.  

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Busy bee

I would eliminate what my nutritionist calls the Big Six: Sugar, dairy, eggs, alcohol, gluten, and caffeine for at least three weeks and see how that impacts you. Also, definitely look into stress, as far-fetched as it might seem. Your guts go through EVERYthing your brain does. GI stuff absolutely sucks, I hope you get to the bottom of this, bee!

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Bumble bee

Have you been checked for mastocytosis? 

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Busy bee

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penguin14 :  a few years ago after an antibiotic it took my body months to get back to normal so that I was beginning to wonder if I had IBS. Eventually my guts went back to normal; any time I take antibiotics now I take acidophilus too. Have you had any antibiotics this year without taking a probiotic?

Another thing I’d be wondering since you travel a lot, have you been tested to see it isn’t a parasite?

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Busy bee

Gastroparesis might be worth looking into as well…..

Post # 11
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Busy bee
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Did you do the bloodwork/allergy panel after you cut out dairy and gluten? Cuz if so, the test means little. You need to have those in your system in order to test positive.

If you are seeing a GI doc, request an upper and lower GI series (I’m guessing they’ll do that anyways).

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

For work travel, are you allowed to expense groceries instead of meals? I know we have some people that will goto the grocery store, grab a rotisserie chicken and salad and keep that in their hotel fridge and bring their own tupperware and everything lol. If its really bothering you, I would definitely look into doing something like that. 

hotels/restaurants are also bad for cross contamination. Even if you order plain chicken and sauteed veggies, they will sometimes have sauteed the veggies on a surface that they previously cooked (ex) spiced veggies, and that will end up in the food. 

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Helper bee

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ecrisrien :  I second the gastroparesis. Also, I have GERD and deal with this from time to time. I’ve also been wanting to get food allergen testing done so I know what to possibly avoid. Unfortunately, GI symptoms can overlap with many GI diseases/disorders so pinpointing what it is might be difficult. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Please tell me you’ve had a colonoscopy. 

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