Had to eat wheat for a gluten test
I had some blood tests yesterday - hormones and thyroid and stuff, iron - and since my 'oscopies were clear and I'd declared I'd figured out that was allergic to wheat and my symptoms had cleared up, the doc added gluten antibodies to the list. So I had to eat wheat for a couple of days beforehand. Not that I really care since I'm convinced that wheat is bad anyway, but I figure out of curiosity it would be interesing to know. I don't know enough about allergies- I have hayfever and wheat is part of that group of birch Pollen allergens that give me 'oral allergy syndrome', SOME of which also give me digestive issues (avocado being one; and no it's not latex, the avocado has both proteins - more than one allergen)
So I think 'yay' and tuck into a bacon sandwich, have cake and porridge. All the things I thought I was missing and you know, I really didn't enjoy any of them! Did forget to have a doughnut tho.... oh and the interesting thing, along with the wheat usually seems to come sugar or crappy oils. In pastries or cake or breads.
So yesterday and today I feel like crap, guts feel hot and bloated, at one point yesterday my chest felt tight and I wondered if I was actually going to have an anaphylactic reaction (could my response to the allergen have gotten worse through abstinence?) and my joints all hurt! My knees are crackling and I lie in bed with my guts gurgling which they haven't done in ages!
Nothing like a bit of empirical evidence to test a theory...
Ugh, that sounds just horrible!!!
Take good care geekgirl and know that you are well!
Why is it not the standard to test the body by what feels well instead of what feels dis-eased?! I am totally confused by this.
Ah, science! It has an interesting relationship with common sense. I would be interested to know what the tests say--I know lots of people who turn up there noses when someone "claims" to be allergic to something, unless they have it confirmed by a doctor. I understand that sometimes expectations can play havoc with our perceptions . . . but they also have an impact on our health. So, would thinking you're allergic to something have an impact on a test?
Random thought. Huh.
I have a soy allergy. The more processed the soy the more I react. Soy bean oil is in EVERYTHING theses days. It makes my throat swell up, get itchy and I start to cough and gag sometimes for hours until the muscles around my lungs are all strained, leaving me wheezing for a few days. Because soy is in almost all processed foods these days we really didn't make the connection of why I was always coughing non stop. It took almost a year to diagnose, and in the search for the cause I was put on four different antibiotics to treat possible "lung infections" which I didn't actually have and went for lung x-rays and many tests none of which questioned what I was eating or checked for allergies. Finally a naturalpathic doctor helped me figure it out. I cut out all soy, and as a result all processed foods ,and suddenly I was no longer coughing day and night and could breath again.
So then I was at a family event (Ok it was my wedding...) and I was explaining in my speech how the caterers had been nice enough not to use soy in anything and my aunt who is a retired paramedic and therefore, at least in her mind, an authority on all things health and medical, yells out across the room, "You don't have an allergy. You don't go into anaphylactic shock. If you had an allergy you'd need an epi-pen just to leave the house! Stop being over dramatic!".
And people wonder why I don't trust conventional medical advice.....
Leanne, I am an EMT and work in the health care field outside of my EMT duties. I learned a much different explanation of anaphalxis. Your sypmtoms are indeed anaphylaxis. That would be like saying my son who has a skin reaction to fire ant stings and develops a full body rash with nly 1-2 tings is nt allergic to fire ants.
Definition of anaphylaxis
I'm feeling much better now, thank heavens - will be eating very clean for a week.
Leanne, your story is interesting - and awful, gosh what an annoying relative! I have a similar relative, very skeptical about anything like allergies or sensitivity - thinks it's 'all in the mind". (In which case cutting out the things I THOUGHT were causing me problems - like caffeine, alcohol, etc, should have worked, right?)
Amazing that you had such a difficult search to find the cause, and such a specific reaction - interesting. I wonder how many other people have respiratory symptoms that they don't connect with a food allergy?
I've never been a fan of homeopathy and unproven "complementary" medicine which I feel some people opt for in the misguided belief that natural=better, but I'm so frustrated by the narrow focus most doctors seem to have. The specialist had even put on my notes to 'suggest psyllium..." to improve symptoms! I'd been practically LIVING on freaking fiber supplements - bran cereal every day. STOPPING the grain fiber was the best thing I ever did. Anyway, I've heard of a naturopath who is conventionally trained - so I'm hoping to get to see her.
I'm just so, so, so grateful I found Mark's Daily Apple - if it wasn't for Mark I'd never have picked up on the possibility of a wheat allergy.
Wow, I cringed when I read about the aunt at your wedding. Even if she was right, and I don't think she is, that was not the time or place to share her opinion.
I have some empirical evidence to share. My husband and both of his adult children get stuffy and the sniffles after eating sugar. Every single time. We all stay away from it for the most part, but occasionally one of the kids will just have to indulge in a Starbucks and some kind of pastry or candy or pie...and it usually takes less than 1/2 hour for the sniffles to begin.
I am very suspicious that I have a wheat allergy. As a very young child I had hay fever, and was on some kind of prescription medication before the age of ten ( I remember taking little blue pills but my mother doesn't remember what they were). I had horrible dandruff, and my mother would give my scalp olive oil treatments. As a teen and young adult, I suffered with severe acne. My hormones were out of whack or something else was going on because I was put on birth control pills at thirteen to control my extremely heavy menstruation. In my thirties, I developed endometriosis. And in my later forties, my already sensitive skin starting flaring up to the point that it was painful and disfiguring. When I started a low carb diet to try and lose weigh, by skin cleared up along with many other benefits including no hay fever. My family is amazed that now I am the only one that goes through summers without allergies and they all suffer and sniff and sneeze. I am actually amazed too. It's got to be the wheat...
I am glad you are feeling better geekgrrl.
Last edited by FMN; 09-12-2010 at 12:26 PM.