up until 3 years ago i always had stomach issues and problems with migraines/eczema/asthma/hives. then i started experiencing severe stomach cramps - severe to the point that i would pass out. um, red flag. i decided to see an allergist vs. going to a gastro doc after talking with a friend who was having similar symptoms. the allergist performed a scratch test on my back with 80 different types of food. i waited 30 minutes for the test to end - biting my nails the whole time - to preoccupy myself while my back itched to high hell.
when my doc returned to the room to check my back her jaw dropped. she couldnt believe that i was allergic to so many foods - over 30 of them. to confirm the scratch test - she ordered a smattering of blood panels - to test for IgE antibodies. the back scratch test results were confirmed with the RAST blood tests - i really was allergic to a TON of different foods - all of which i ate regularly. i went home and drank a bottle of wine for dinner that night.
my allergist suggested i visit a gastroenterologist and be tested to celiac disease. and so i did - it took a year of misc testing with my gastro to first rule out other diseases/disorders with blood and dna tests. he told me that i needed to have my stomach scoped and biopsied to completely rule out celiac disease and other problems.
$4,000 later my results were in - no celiac disease, no nothing. amen right?!?! yes and no. to this day my docs and i still dont know why i'm allergic to corn, beef, yeast, hops, cumin, wheat, cucumbers, barley, rye, oats, etc, etc, etc. i was a bit ticked that i spent that much money and still wasnt getting relief from my symptoms. i pushed and pushed my gastro until he finally tested me for lactose intolerance. no more dairy for me. it turns out that i'm off the scale lactose intolerant. as soon as i cut removed dairy from my diet - my stomach cramps disappeared. read here for the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance.
here i am 3 years later. i now go in once a year for an annual allergy test. my allergies have changed over time - some have disappeared, some new ones have shown up. its an uphill battle. its tough not knowing why my body reacts to food and its even tougher cooking/baking things that are safe.
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in short, my quest is to create allergy friendly foods that ACTUALLY taste good. i'm sick of skipping out on delicious foods and enjoying those little things in life.