11.07.2013

Somebody Diagnose Me Please (A Case Of The Mystery Allergies)

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Let's play a little game. It's called true or false. Okay here we go...
I struggle with food allergies that often prohibit me from being able to finish a meal. 
If you guessed true than I owe you an emoticon fist pound. 

So I know what you are thinking now--"Lucky!! What a great weight loss tool!!!" I used to think that too until one time I was eating dinner at RPM Italian in Chicago and could hardly get swallow my G-Rizzle because breathing was becoming difficult. 

pre-allergy attack
Not trying to be dramatic or anything but not being able to swallow a G-Rizzle cocktail when all you really want out of life is a G-Rizzle cocktail is worse than dropping your last chick-fil-a nugget in your car and not being able to find it. Not that that happened to me last night or anything....

Back to what I was talking about though, food allergies. I have them. Except here is the problem-I don't know what I am allergic to. To put a cherry on top of this predicament, my food allergies only flare up when I am eating a meal at a restaurant. Web MD that one folks. Nor does it matter what I eat. It may be Starbucks coffee with coffee cake, a beer with a pulled pork sandwich, a steak with wine, it just doesn't matter. Before you know it my nose is absolutely stuffed to the max and I have to stop eating. All allergies subside about a half hour after leaving the restaurant but for those 30 minutes I sound like a smurf, my eyes are watery, and I look puffy (aka ugly). Here, now you get the picture.


The only solution I have come up with?! Well one is to not eat out at restaurants but that's the stupidest solution I've ever heard of so that doesn't count. But two--carry Kleenex Wallet Packs with me everywhere I go. So that's what I do. In my purse, in my car glove box, you name it, I have Kleenex there. 


Without these Kleenex sheets of goodness, my arm sleeves would be a lot crustier if you catch my drift. 
And can we just give all bow down to Kleenex with Vicks? I never thought I would become addicted to a paper product, but here I am, all addicted and stuff. 


In closing three things---

Does anybody else deal with this?! If so, what in the world is it that I could possibly be allergic to? Help a sister out, my ugly after dinner self is begging for answers. 

Target has a killer deal on Kleenex while supplies last. Purchase any 4pack and get either a free wallet pack (2-pk) or a pocket pack (3-pk). Use this coupon code and you'll be good to go. 

I look so gangsta with a Kleenex hanging out my nose I've decided. That's all. 
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26 comments:

  1. okay seriously. my dad dealt with this until he FINALLY went to the doctor. it was....drumroll....REFLUX. seriously. he had no symptoms like heartburn/indigestion whatsoever just insane sinus type issues. you need the purple pill!!

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  2. I say you go to a doctor. I am allergic to some of the weirdest things on the planet (paper in old books and roach 'residue'" on top of pollen and cats. It is amazing what you can be allergic to. Get an appointment and some meds and start loving eating out again. Food always tastes better when it is brought to you by a server!

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    1. Ha! I had to laugh out loud at that last line! #truth

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  3. I got tested for food allergies after over two years of mysterious illnesses, stomach pain, etc. Turns out I'm allergic to everything...well, dairy, gluten, eggs, wheat, rye, and peanuts. All of my pain and symptoms have gone away since then though. They tested me with blood tests and it was one of the best things I've ever done.

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  4. I have an allergy that baffles my mind as well... whenever I go to out to shop (could be walmart, target, the mall...anywhere!) if I start to get hot my hands start to swell, to the point many times that I have had to stop wearing my rings because the ER had to cut off my wedding rings on one occasion. The only thing that I have been told is that I may have an allergy to something they are spraying in the air (air freshner, disinfectant, you name it). It has turned into a joke that I am allergic to spending money! LOL but it literally is a pain. Good luck, that must be miserable!

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  5. The test for food allergies seriously isn't that bad.. just some needle pricks but it may be worth it!! Good luck girl, and keep rockin those tissues! :-)

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  6. IDK what I'm allergic to either, but something similar happens to me. It's not just at restaurants, but occasionally my face will just start blotching up with huge red spots that get really hot. It often happens when I eat Mexican food, but I love it...

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  7. One of my college roommates had this happen to her at every meal. No matter what she ate. Technically it's called gustatory rhinitis most often triggered by spicy foods, but some people can have it happen with any food.

    You may be allergic to something like sulfates or wheat or it possibly could be psychosomatic. Get an allergy screening and see if it picks up anything. Turns out wheat products/gluten make me have sinus issues.

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  8. Ha, I get chest pain when I drink carbonated alcohol drinks....when I was younger and a little less worried about spending my night out in the hospital, I just ignored it, these days I just stay clear and enjoy the wine instead!

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  9. It could be cinnamon. I'm allergic to cinnamon, and I couldn't figure it out until I got tested, because it's in EVERYTHING-- baked goods, meat rubs, etc.

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  10. That's very strange! And what in the world is a G-rizzle??

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  11. Kleenex Cool Touch is literally my only hope when I am sick love that stuff (-:

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  12. At first I was going to say you might be mildly allergic to alcohol - I have this issue when I'm out drinking - I'm talking like 3 beers, or two glasses of wine and I'm stuffy - but then you said just about ANYTHING you eat / drink out is causing it. I really have NO clue. And that sucks thank goodness for kleenex!!! Check with your doctor no one should have to suffer for not cooking at home!!! ;)

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  13. I'm sorry I can't diagnose you, but I'm gonna be that girl who can't help but share her excitement at finding a fellow addict. http://hotchabyrd.blogspot.com/2009/11/product-review.html
    (read: Relax. I know we aren't best friends now.)

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  14. I can't diagnose you, but I feel your pain. I have food allergies, I don't know what they are, and they flare up whenever my colon decides that it wants to attack my body. That's probably how I stay so thin. But it's really inconvenient when you're sitting in a 3 hour night class and your body decides to attack itself . . .not like that's happening right now at all or anything.

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  15. Allergy tests aren't that bad and it is easier once you know what you are allergic to. Though I will day bendryl does help alot. Though if any can rock a tissue its you.

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  16. I never thought I'd be at a point in my life where I actually had strong opinions on tissues, but here I find myself so I might as well just accept it. THAT BEING SAID, those Kleenex cool touch are seriously amazing. I will never buy any other kind.

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  17. I know this is a kleenex post and all,. But, I seriously really think that you should carry Benadryl in your purse, car or glove box. Allergies like that can get serious...seriously!!! Chuck the kleenex and buy some Benadryl. :)

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  18. Oh my, I feel your pain. I used to get swollen eyes from something unknown at the time and if it got real bad I'd have to go to the doc and get a steriod for my crazy eyes to return to normal. I then was referred to an allergist and he solved my problems! :) Best of luck to you!

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  19. My mom is allergic to fresh veggies--there is some sort of natural acid/chemical on it that causes her throat to swell and her lips to get puffy. But, if you cook the veggies, then that natural acid/chemical thing goes away. I've started to notice it with fresh zucchini and carrots, which I love to eat...so it may be similar to that...I've also heard it can happen with fruits, too.

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  20. Erin,
    I'm allergic to everything. And I sneeze loud. I finally worked up the nerve to get allergy testing but to be honest, all it does is point out what you are allergic to - and then you can decide if you want to ruin your night out with sniffles, sneezing, coughing, and losing the ability to breathe. It was enlightening to know WHY it happens, but I haven't cut that much out of my diet. After all, the things I'm allergic to I LOVE (hops - in BEER, shrimp and crab - GIVE ME A BREAK!, mustard, onion, oregano, etc.) What I did learn was that each thing I tested positive for I had a different reaction to. For instance hops makes me sneeze where oregano kills my stomach - and that I will avoid at all costs. YOU can do it, girl. Get the test done and then you will be fully armed to figure out your next step!

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  21. Ok so craziness....ask for a food allergy test! I'm allergic to ridiculous things like apples, potatoes, tomatoes, corn, carrots etc. Ridiculous. It's like Im destined to live an unhealthy life. But its saved me from many tummy aches.

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  23. Maybe some type of preservative? Hope you figure it out!

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  24. No clue what that is lol...Hope you get it figured out!

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)