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    What do you do when you have too many allergies?
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    rcampbelllaos posted:
    I recently got several hundred allergens tested as a part of a group of blood tests. After vials and vials of blood were collected and sent off, the results started to pour in - allergic to just about everything it seems!

    In the food category alone, 108 IgE responses of the 150 items tested... Some are very low and low reactions too. Only leaving primarily meat, fish, eggs, milk, and a couple of veggies here and there. I am afraid I will be nutrient deficient if I only eat green bell pepper and mushroom omlets for the rest of my life!

    What should I do? How would a rotating diet work in this scenario? Elimination diet seems out of the question, doesn't it? Immune suppression? Allergy shots? Eat dirt? (joke) Just a little confused on what to do?


    Here's a PDF listing, x's denoted the foods I do eat including foods I'm possibly allergic to (I'm vegetarian, and try to avoid certain foods and/or spices, since I don't like them):
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1kerMNCnUcfSFk3aUNqdTY2aWs/view?usp=sharing

    This doesn't include the external allergies (still need to type them out from my results), but they follow a similar pattern - looking at about 300 allergies of 400 items tested (very rough, eyeball estimate).

    Also, as a little background, I also have elevated LFT's (liver enzymes), which have been doing roller coaster for the past year since actively monitoring them. I had a liver biopsy which revealed hepatocyte unrest & mild sinusoidal dilation, but nothing else. Have para-aortic lymphadenopathy identified by CT scan (illiac branch area). They tried to biopsy it, but it was very small, missed it, and hit fat and muscle.

    Symptoms include abdominal pain (mild/moderate to severe at times - but diet has removed much of it), severe lethargy, and rectal bleeding. Digestive processes are very,very slow - regular constipation.

    Cancer and most parasites essentially ruled out.

    I live and work in Laos, formerly as an IT specialist but soon as an English instructor, living in a rural suburban region, with possibly contaminated well water, and livestock / agriculture nearby.

    Causes have so far been elusive. Could this be allergies themselves, or are the allergies simply a 'symptom' of sorts?


    Thanks for thought, ideas, questions, etc!
     
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    ellebell3027 responded:
    I have been a vegetarian for 4 years now and i have a lot of food allergies such as wheat, gluten, dairy, & peanuts.I also have asthma so i cannot have anything with sulfites in it. I am limited on what i can eat so i am very skinny. I recommend a website called vegangela.com. I tried going vegan for a week ( and failed) and found this awesome vegan website. I also looked at your allergen list and it looks like you are only mildly allergic to Thyme, Green Pea, Black Pepper, Lentil, Grapefruit, and Linseed. If the allergen is under 10 it means you are not allergic to it.
     
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    aspecialist responded:
    It shows that this is allergy. You should check an expert to diagnose what are the foods that causes the allergic reaction. Food allergy diet will help you figure out the foods that you need to avoid. Naturopathy expert will guide you in doing this test. I found this website of Dr. Sundardas which is a naturopathy expert from Singapore, www.naturaltherapies.com.
     
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    rcampbelllaos responded:
    Since making this post, I've done some more testing, but still deal with the issues. (Though the lymphadenopathy has subsided.)

    On the allergy part, the best way seems to be for me to clinically 'prove' each allergy by trialing them in groups. Then pair down from the groups. I did more allergy testing and as a result, I'm quite limited to protein groups. Rice is the worst, as I strongly react to it, and I work in Southeast Asia, which means I have very limited access to proteins. So, for right now, I am limiting what I can, but I know it's not feasible for me to totally remove the offending food items.

    As far as my liver is concerned, my liver enzymes are still elevated (currently), and come and go in cycles. Sometimes they are elevated; sometimes normal. It just comes and goes, and the liver biopsy found hepatocyte unrest but found no cause.

    I think my best guess is autoimmune.

    Anyways, going to see if the NIH can help me...


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