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I've mentioned before that I have a lot of digestive malfunction [constant need to go without fully voiding, constant mucal discharge, plus the constant gas andbloating and associated chronic discomfort..]
I also noted that I had hoped it would go away through consistent better intake, but dramatic worsening since eating more/better has left me knowing that there is something more going on, and I strongly suspect food allergies/intolerances of some sort...
Anyhow, I particularly wanted to ask about one "weirder" symptom I have noticed repeatedly:
Whenever I eat an apple, especially a giant honeycrisp, I get this prickly sensation in my throat, and it sometimes feels swollen and hurts to swallow.
Could this indicate some sort of allergic reaction?
That particular symptom stands out to me because it's not digestive and chronic as all the "usual" stuff I put up with. It's also linked specifically to apples and sometimes other fruit, so easier to pinpoint, whereas the digestive symptoms are so constant it's hard to tie to anything. :(
*one more disclaimer:
I have no way of seeing a Dr. at this point, so any advice to ask them-while obvious-doesn't help me at this point...and is something I would be doing apart from asking on a health support forum anyhow!
If you think it might be an allergy, you need to stop eating them for a while, and see if something else might be the trigger.
Could it just be you are swallowing too quickly, and it is scraping your throat?
I get an itchy, thick feeling in my throat when I eat green bananas or cantaloupe. Nothing a glass of milk doesn't help. But it doesn't hurt.
It definately sounds like it could be an intolerance. Sometimes there are carry over allergies. People allergic to one thing such a certain tree will have a rx to a food with a similiar but different protein.
It also sounds like you may have some sensativities,or other colon issues.
Since you say a dr. isn't possible right now. One thing to try would be the elimination diet, which might help you pinpoint what you are sensetive to.
I would avoid any foods that cause that kind of rx. if it is a true allergy it will get worse each time.
It is quite possible that you have oral allergy sydrome (google it). It is common for persons with tree pollen allergy to experience symptoms similar to an allergic reaction (scratchy throat, tingly tongue, mouth, etc.) to fresh fruits and vegetables. The allergist that I work for recommends removing the offending fruit or vegetable from the diet or cooking it before eating. However, it sounds as though you have a lot of other GI problems going on.
the crankyone is correct on the cross-reactivity -- if you have had hayfever or seasonal allergies you can develop a cross-reaction to certain raw fruits depending on the pollen allergy you have. Apples, if remember correctly, are linked to birch pollen -- however there is even specificity to one tree's pollen over another as to whether you can tolerate the apple cooked (but not raw), or not at all. It is important to go get tested with an allergist. Cross-reactivity can increase quickly in severity and any throat sensations could lead to swelling (which you definitely don't want) -- so it's good to know what fruits now and to completely eradicate them from your diet before your reaction becomes severe.
I notice you cannot see a doctor at this point, so until you can please avoid any raw fruit that has caused any throat sensation at all and carry fast-reacting anti-histamine with you at all times. Take the anti-histamine if you accidentally ingest the offending food immediately upon any sign of those first symptoms. If symptoms worsen at all (any hives, swelling, severe itching) you must get to an emergency. I really am not trying to scare you, but it is a kind of reaction you have to take seriously -- like a peanut allergy.
As for digestive issues, you could investigate gluten intolerance (celiac disease), as your symptoms are common to that condition. They are also common to Crohn's disease, however you don't mention blood in the stool (which is more a sign of Crohn's than Celiac). Given that, you could try a gluten-free diet first for a few months to see if this resolves all your symptoms.
You don't mention what your diet entails, but often when people with celiac disease begin eating better it usually means eating more whole grains (i.e. wheat/barley/rye) which will worsen all the gastro-intestinal symptoms greatly.
I am assuming you are in the States as to not see a doctor with your symptoms can only make some sense if you have no medical coverage at the moment. I want to say that your symptoms need professional review but to do so is rude when you cannot do that. So instead, I can only offer my best wishes to you and my sympathy for your discomfort and compromised quality of life right now. I really hope that my suggestions are of some use.
Thank you all for the input.
Hedgren-I had been meaning to reply more to your response to my post on digestive issues a while back-I greatly appreciate your insight and considerate care.
I have had many blood panels in the past [before losing my parent's insurance] and nothing showed up in terms of Celiac's.
I still might try the elimination diet...but first I think I might try kind of a gradual elimination and see if I can resolve any symptoms that way. For instance, I already know I'm "sensitive" to milk, especially straight skim and also cheese. Well, in a post-Anorexia rebound I devoured half a pizza one day, and a ton of 3 cheese lasagna the next. I can't help but wonder if that was a reason I had worse gas, spasms, and nonstop bathroom saga for about two days before things calmed down [with a corresponding limited lactose intake.
...it just makes me wonder: If I made symptoms that much worse eating that much more milk product, perhaps my "so-so" sucky digestion mode is a result of "limited" lactose [mainly yogurt and products that might contain lactose].
I also noticed that the smelly gas kicked in after eating cheddar chex mix at work yesterday...and it was easier to tie it to something specific since that was all I was eating at the time.
Another thing I realized was that when I ate a pear I didn't have the stomach or prickly mouth feelings that I've had after the apple. I did have digestive problems and a stinging mouth after eating strawberries and yogurt.
The syndrome mentioned with fruit would explain a lot about why fruit is "sometimes" bad and sometimes okay. I also have seasonal/pollen allergies--diagnosed per allergy testing years ago when I suffered severe athsma along with it, especially this time of year...
Maybe it could be something as simple as lactose intolerance and the oral mouth thing with some fruit?
Do you think pulling out things one by one as they seem linked to problems is a way to sort this out, or should I use the suggested method of eliminating all possible problems at once, then adding back one at a time?
I know the latter is more thorough, I am just honestly "scared" of making things off limits/imposing rules since it's a sore spot with not wanting to TOUCH the life of restriction. Unless, of course, it's truly in order to feel better!
I have a lot of food allergies and the scratchy, itchy throat thing is usually my first or second(hives) reaction if I accidentally ate something I am allergic to.
I couldn't tell you what it feels like later because I take Epi or Benadryl if I don't have the Epi...if not my throat closes and I don't remember much after that.
I would stay away from apples if I were you :)
Although you have had the blood test for celiac disease, it can be notoriously inaccurate (as can even the biopsy as well). There are two blood tests for celiac disease, one that tests for whether you have the genetic mutations (and this can now be done with a mouth swab) and the other that tests for gluten-intolerance. If you had the blood test for gluten-intolerance, then that is the one that can be inconclusive. Because it is testing for your response to gluten, you needed to have been on a heavy gluten diet for at least 3 weeks prior and up to the blood test. If these tests were done at a time when you were restricting food altogether, or just intuitively avoiding eating a heavy gluten diet (pastas, breads, pizzas) then you may have had a false negative. Did your doctor at the time advise you to eat a diet heavy in gluten prior to the blood test (s/he should have done so)?
So, eliminating all gluten from your diet for 3-6 weeks is actually a pretty good way to rule celiac disease in our out once and for all.
I also forgot to mention that lactose intolerance happens when you are celiac and still eating gluten. If you are of northern european descent then it is extremely unlikely you are lactose intolerant (97% of people of northern european descent maintain the ability to produce lactase their whole lives -- which makes them highly lactose tolerant). Most other groups around the world lose their ability to produce lactase when they wean as a child. If you are celiac and you remove all gluten from your diet (and you are northern european descent) then you will again begin to produce lactase and be able to manage all dairy. So it may have been the wheat in the pizza shell and the lasagna that caused massive gut symptoms. Cheddar chex mix is also full of wheat (gluten!).
And just in case you are truly lactose intolerant (i.e. descended from some other part of the world), then you should tolerate cheese well as it has little to no lactose in it. There are also a lot of studies that yogurt is well tolerated as the probiotics make quick work of the lactose. So we're really talking milk, cream and ice cream as serious culprits.
I can't remember if it was in a previous post to you that I also mentioned the possibility of intestinal infection. Many infections: D. fragilis, B. hominis, G. llamblia and others we can contract from contaminated ground water and these will also cause the body to stop producing lactase. Foul-smelling, large quantity loose stools are a feature of intestinal infections. www.badbugs.org is a good place to investigate if you think this might be a possibility as well.
As you have battled with anorexia, it is best to think of it as a replacement diet rather than an elimination diet. It is a good idea to replace the gluten in your diet with gluten-free products (rice, corn, millet, teff, amaranth, quinoa (a nice complete protein)...etc.). Get organized ahead of time by clearing out the cupboards and fridge and getting the alternative foods to stock up on. Try to stick to it for 3-6 weeks (eating out is really fraught so try to avoid it for that initial period) and see where your symptoms sit at the end of that time.
You could, if you really wanted to, replace the milk/cream/icecream with soy or rice-based alternatives at the same time, but I'm going to flat out guess that gluten is more likely the offending culprit and causing occasional lactose-intolerant issues.
The cross-reactivity with fruit is entirely separate and avoiding those one or two known fruits (along with having anti-histamines handy) should hopefully be easy to manage and not feel as though you are notching up rules and restrictions.
You don't need a complete elimination diet such that might be recommended by a naturopath at this point -- you just need to avoid a couple of fruits (for allergy reasons) and replace gluten with gluten-free products for a few weeks and see what that gets you in the way of symptom alleviation.
You can have rice-pastas, gluten-free pizzas -- so it shouldn't feel like a restriction at all if you shop ahead at a health food store that caters to gluten-free needs -- Whole Foods has lots of options as one example I know. Good luck and I'll check back to see how it is going!
Keeping in mind this is wikipedia it may explain a lot.
I believe it is the answer to why as a small I developed a sudden intense lifelong hatred of fresh bananas. I am highly allergic to ragweed
edited: forgot link
The last ten years have been miserable, painful, and essentially crippled me. Almost all my joints have crapped out on me. Likely suspect: Nightshades (tomato, potato, eggplant, bell pepper, all chilies and hot chilies) and amines, which occur as foods get older (pickles, cheese, salami, ripe banana, ripe avocado... (look up the monoamine diet).
I have had many problems lately, and have just started the elimination diet. It is posted below in my blog.
Essentially, you take everything out for 3 weeks, then reintroduce one "clean" (untainted - JUST that food) food item each day. Start with a few bites, and if you don't react negatively in a half hour, eat a bunch.
Write down your findings on how you feel, then take that reintroduced food back out of the diet. Repeat the next day with a different food.
It is wise to consult your doctor before doing this, as they will be able to give you any tips/suggestions for your own dietary needs.
Your actions are your own, I take no liability. However, if you go on this diet, good luck. I'm about three days in and it's hard, but I feel a lot better already.