Saturday, February 12, 2011

Your kidding right????? Allergic to food??!!??

So once again I have been MIA from the blogoshpere.... This time around it's because I haven't been able to eat that much lately...Over the past two weeks I have been having trouble swallowing, and extreme pain in my chest that I thought was heartburn. I have had heartburn forever and was diagnosed a long time ago with GERD, a hiatal hernia and a Schatzki's ring.. what ever that is... All things I have been able to deal with, by either staying away from triggers or using medication. That was until recently, when I started having the trouble swallowing, which got worse upon eating. So I went to the doctor explained my symptoms, and he immediately scheduled me for a scope and bam.... Eosiniphilic Esophagitis an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus, aka a rash on the esophagus... Kind of ironic since my dad is a Dermatologist and we work together... The condition is not well known and rare in women of course... but food allergy may play a significant role.

What food allergy you ask.... they are unsure and I will probably have to go thru a whole bunch of skin prick tests along with the dreadful elimination diet. Yippe, take away all my food loves....Foods reported to be the cause of EE have included milk, eggs, peanuts, shellfish, peas, beef, chicken, fish, rye, corn, soy, potatoes, oats, tomatoes and wheat. Of these, the most common food triggers are milk, egg, wheat, rye and beef. One course of treatment is inhaled steroids much liked used in Asthma which I will start next week and start the removing certain foods from my diet.
I guess you take for granted what you can eat when the skies the limit... now the thought of not being able to eat certain foods is no picnic.... So bare with me as I navigate through these food issues and figure out what I am going to eat....

1 comment:

claire said...

Oh my goodness!

I can't imagine how painful that is!

Let us know when you figure it out!


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