For several years I have know that I have had issues with food. It started with barley and walnuts. I didn’t feel good right after I ate them. With the reaction seeming to get worse I asked my Family Doctor for allergy testing and with great reluctance he sent me. I believe the only reason he sent me was because it involved a nut, walnuts.
2 1/2 years ago, I met a very old Allergist. My skin did show signs of a reaction to a huge list of things they tested but not enough to be considered an allergy. So I went on my merry way.
Since then I have done my best to avoid walnuts and barley. After I had my food sensitivity testing done I was shocked to see that walnut weren’t on the list, but happy to see barley was. My Naturopath explained different foods can affect one part of the immune system and not the other. Allergy testing is testing IgE part of the immune system and food sensitivity testing is the IgG. Now I haven’t finished my research on the immune system so I don’t fully understand this, yet.
Part of me wanted to try a walnut to see what would happen. I’ve heard of people out growing minor reactions to food, so I was hopeful. So I was out for dinner, having a lettuce bun burger and the side salad happened to have walnuts on it. I probably had the equivalent to one walnuts. Within twenty minutes I felt sick, my tongue felt bigger, troubles talking and mentally out of it. Once I got home I looked in the mirror and my tongue was visibly swollen. Positive result.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I was at my Doctors office which happened to be a couple days after my walnut experience. I told him I did a experiment and what my results were. After he finished shaking his head at me, he handed me a prescription for two epipens.
Now I know it isn’t good to experiment if you think you have food allergies, however, I am happy I did. After at least 2 years of not having walnuts my reaction went from a itchy tongue to a swollen tongue. Now I don’t want to imagine what it would be if it was 5 years.
I am happy it is confirmed and I know to say its a anaphylaxis reaction.
Now I don’t have the results for the allergy testing anymore, but I wonder if some of the stuff my skin did react to is what my food sensitivities are. It’d be interesting to see if there is a correlation.