So long as I don’t eat, I don’t get sick.
It’s only when I eat that my body starts reacting in negative ways. So… I just need to not eat anymore, right?
I had some food allergen testing done last year, but lately I’ve been thinking that I should do one of those food sensitivity tests. I don’t think the food allergen testing told the full story.
Food Allergen testing tests for IGE Deficiency, which I already knew I had prior to the test. Food sensitivity testing, on the other hand, tests for IGG Deficiency, which is a completely different Immunoglobulin in the body. What I’m wondering is, in addition to my food allergies, if there might be food sensitivities that are contributing to my headaches, muscle aches, extreme exhaustion, gut issues and so on and so forth.
As much as I know what I’m allergic too and what I really need to avoid when I’m eating, I’m also finding that I’m still having issues, regardless of what I put into my body. For instance, most days I wander around this world with a pretty gnarly headache. And I just tolerate it… as it is. I had a CT scan done in 2019 and it came back as normal, so, the doctor just attributed my headaches to stress. The thing is, though, the headache doesn’t normally start until I’ve eaten something. If I just avoid eating… I don’t get the headache. This is only small example of what I’ve been dealing with, but I think it’s an important one to note.
The doctor was so quick to diagnose me with IBD. The problem is, the majority of the symptoms related to IBD that I can find, I don’t have. No, I’m not a medical doctor, so I can’t technically diagnose myself. But, I do know myself and how my body functions a lot more than a doctor who’s seen me twice, for no more than 10 minutes each time and never done any tests.
I’ve been doing some research (thanks to various sources… in spite of Dr. Google being a scary place sometimes) and it turns out that food allergies and food sensitivities can affect the body in completely different ways. Duh. I know, go figure. But, allergy testing is ONLY for IGE deficiencies. You cannot test for IGG deficiencies at the same time. They are completely separate tests.
I am wondering if I could do some food sensitivity testing, if I could get that IGG deficiency testing done, if it might help. Even if they have small effects on the function of my body, if there’s a lot of them, or if it’s something I eat frequently, it could be causing me more harm than I realize.
If anyone reading this has ever taken food sensitivity testing, what was it like? Did you get it done through public health, or privately (through a private clinic or corporation)? Did it help?
I’ve been on a two-and-a-half year long journey of trying to figure out the root of my issues. I’ve been misdiagnosed on four separate occasions that have been proven, and I believe that the diagnosis of IBD was also not accurate. And, as mentioned above, I was never tested for it. I’m trying to do my due diligence, advocate for myself and get to the bottom of what the heck is wrong. I’m wondering if this food sensitivity testing might be a beneficial step for me.