Could I have a food allergy, intolerance or both?
November 17, 2010 5:27 AM Subscribe
Could I have a food allergy, an intolerance, both or neither? Special snowflake diet/symptoms info inside.
posted by greenfelttip to health & fitness (23 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been reading a lot about nutrition and health lately, and some of the info I've come across leads me to believe I might have a food allergy or intolerance, or some kind of combination. I've already made an appointment with my doctor to find out for sure, but she's on holiday and can't see me for three weeks. So I turn to you guys for a general idea of what kind of measures I should be taking in the meantime, if any.
Salient points to consider:
- I frequently have episodes of feeling bloated, somewhat nauseous (though I don't vomit) and constipated. It feels as if my body is taking a long time to digest the food I eat.
- I'm often really tired/sleepy and can't figure out why - especially in the mornings and mid-afternoon. I usually get around 7-8hrs of sleep a night.
- I know I'm allergic to cats and dust. I have allergic asthma. However, I'm often wheezy/short of breath even when there's not much dust or no cats around. Yet my lung capacity is (according to my doctor) apparently very good.
- I sneeze all the time. Every day, up to a few times an hour, in all manner of different environments, at all times of year. My eyes and especially inner ears are often also very itchy. This 'sneeziness' has been an issue all my life.
- My diet is not the healthiest, but not the crappiest either. I eat a decent amount of veggies, fruits and legumes each week, nearly always cook at home and pack my work lunch. 1 cup of coffee a day. But I have quite the sweet tooth, and particularly, a big thing for dairy. Everything tastes better with cheese melted on top of it.
- I'm a mid-twenties female, from an Asian family, in case it's relevant. No other health issues.
So do you think it's likely I have a food allergy/intolerance?
Is there a way I can test for it myself?
Is it safe to cut foods out of my diet before I see my doctor? If so, which foods, and what should I eat instead to make sure I don't miss out on any nutrients? Any supplements I could take?
I'm currently suffering from a particularly severe case of 'funny tummy', with more digestive problems than usual - feeling bloated, really full, and often slightly nauseous. So while I'm looking for ideas about my general nutritional health, I would also really appreciate tips on what I should be eating and doing right now to make myself feel better before I can see my doctor.
Of course, YOU are not my doctor :)
With many thanks in advance!