Remember my first food allergy test back in 2011?Since May/June of last year, my stomach wasn’t feeling right anymore. My “ehem” bowel movements were still okay but my stomach was always puffy and in some pain.
I had been bodybuilding since November 2013; eating a lot of chicken, green beans, broccoli, Greek yogurt, almonds, eggwhites, almond butter and so forth. I then stopped bodybuilding due to a back injury and switched to spin, but was still eating the same things.
Randomly, I just wasn’t feeling up to eating almond butter anymore and I tried some peanut butter, which I hadn’t eaten in years. Even though “I knew” I was allergic, I still had a small spoonful.
I didn’t experience any symptoms and it got me wondering if my intolerance/ allergies had changed. I gave in and had some wheat and I even tried some organic/ non-GMO popcorn. To my surprised, nothing. But yet my stomach was still bothering me.Then I had the surgery in late July and opted to just wait a few months since I knew my hormones were going to be off. Once my insurance was all settled, I made the appointment to see the allergist. Instead of a blood test, I had a skin prick test.
The doctor told me that this was the most reliable and instantaneous of all the food allergy tests. Here is a snipit from Food Allergy.org:
…To diagnose a food allergy, your allergist may use a skin prick test (SPT) to measure the presence of IgE antibodies for the suspect food. SPTs are inexpensive, produce immediate results, and can be performed in the doctor’s office.
During this test, the allergist places a drop of solution containing the food allergen on your forearm or back. (When testing fruits or vegetables, fresh food may be used instead of a solution.) Using a small plastic probe or needle, the doctor gently pricks or scratches the skin to allow a tiny amount of the solution to enter just below the surface. The SPT is generally not painful and there is no bleeding. The scratching on the surface of the skin feels similar to a fingernail scratch.
Depending on your case history, you may be tested for one food or several. Results usually appear within 30 minutes. Positive results are indicated by a wheal – a raised white bump surrounded by a small circle of itchy red skin. In general, a large wheal is more likely to indicate a true food allergy, but size is not always an accurate predictor. If no wheal appears, it is unlikely that you are allergic to the test food.
After the test was completed, I ended up finding out I was allergic to all fish, which I knew, including haddock, cod, salmon, shrimp, etc. I was also allergic to chicken, almonds, green beans and green peas, which when I think about it makes sense. During my strick bodybuilding days, that literally was all I was eating.
The doctor did say that the foods combined could make the symptoms worse. To my surprise, peanut, wheat, sesame seeds, lactose, walnuts and corn did NOT appear. Now the doctor did mention that sometimes it just depends on your body. Some people can eat cooked apples but not raw.
Listen to your body!
It’s been a few days and I did cut out the chicken and noticed immediate relief. I haven’t touched the greens and almonds in a while, so I wouldn’t know with that. I do know that too much dairy makes me bloated and raw leafy greens just don’t sit well.
I think once my normal “eating” comes back and perhaps even after pregnancy, I’ll be able to test better. Right now, I’m always some kind of bloated – I’m pregnant! So that is where I am at now; taking it day by day and really listening to my body. That’s all I can do right?Question: To those with food allergies or know someone; “Have you ever noticed any symptoms coming back?” Did you ever grow out of a food allergy or even have one come back?”