angelajl Posted October 27, 2013 Share Posted October 27, 2013 Apology: I would like to apologize in advance for the following wall of text! I don't expect anyone to read it; I'm writing it more for myself, to help me remember why I'm doing this. If you do slog through it and/or would like to offer any thoughts or advice, you have my thanks! Basics and Underlying Issues: I'm 39 years old, and I have some problems I'm hoping to solve - or lessen - through food: * Environmental and seasonal allergies * Dermographism (for 15 years) * Chronic Urticaria (hives 24/7) * Digestive issues * Whacky menstrual cycles Previous Attempts: I completed 26 days of a standard Whole30 back in July. (Day 27 began a vacation trip, so I ended a few days early by choice.) Prior to that Whole30, I'd spent most of a year without wheat, corn, soy, or dairy, and I avoided most grains most of the time. I came to that arrangement after I'd discovered that while all four of those triggers gave me sinus problems, wheat also gave me arthritis-like pain in my hands; corn caused huge, painful craters in my tongue; soy gave me bacne and the worst of the sinus problems; and dairy made my face break out. So I had good cause to avoid all of those. I'd also discovered that including any grains in my diet made my seasonal allergies (hay fever) debilitating, but removing all grains from my diet in the spring and fall made the allergies all but disappear! There were several other issues that I was hoping to solve by undertaking that July Whole30, but they all still plagued me at the end. I realized then that there had to be something else contributing to these problems, but as I was going on vacation, I didn't want to take the time to focus on it then. Since I ended that Whole30, I've reverted to my old ways of eating, which still eliminate grains, soy, and dairy, but allow for some dark chocolate (soy- and dairy-free), potato chips (too many, but never with corn or soybean oil), "paleo" baking, and the too-frequent Coke Zero (yeah, I know). Why Auto-immune and Low-histamine? About 2 months ago, I woke up one morning to find nearly a dozen large, raised, itchy, red welts on my body. I had no idea where they'd come from, but my daily antihistamine - which I use to control my dermographism - had no effect on them. The next day, I had even more. And over the following two months, I didn't have a moment without welts/hives somewhere on my body (arms, legs, torso, head, inside my mouth!). I went to my allergist and got some blood work done, and the results showed that I have Chronic Urticaria. My allergist said that it's auto-responsive: my body's mast cells are releasing histamine in reaction to something that my own body is producing. So it's kind of like I'm allergic to myself! However, the medical industry has pretty much no idea what causes this. A couple days ago, I did a bunch of Googling and came across an article that lists the primary symptoms of histamine intoleranceâ€¦and I have nearly all of those symptoms! Honestly, I don't know if this is the answer â€“ I don't want to get my hopes up â€“ but I am very willing to spend 30 days with a restricted diet on the off chance that this will improve so many of my physical problems. Oh, and anecdotally: My allergist gave me a 5-day course of prednisone, and I'm on Day 3. Days 1 and 2, I had no welts!! It was miraculous! Today â€“ Day 3 â€“ I have welts again. And what did I ingest last night? A little red wine which, it so happens, is at the top of the list of foods that â€œmay increase histamine levelsâ€. So here I goâ€¦. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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