- CASE FILE
Daily flare ups of red blotches, swelling and difficulty breathing. Prompted by majority of foods, smells and environmental situations.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Over the past ten years, my Oral Allergy Syndrome reactions to apples and grapes has snowballed into being allergic to everything. Positively skin tested to peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, black beans, soy beans, lobster and shrimp, my tree nut, legume and shellfish allergy are confirmed.
In 2017, I had a walnut on accident within a piece of bread, which resulted in an anaphylactic reaction. Since then I have reacted to every food aside a list of 7 or so foods. Some of which still make my brain fog, fatigue and bloating appear. I break out in red blotches all over my face, chest, arms and back. Everything from going outside into the heat, randomly during the day, or smelling different foods being cooked or candles being burned can result in my difficulty breathing and swallowing.
I also have red blotches, fatigue, headache and swelling of mouth and throat upon smelling chemicals or burning things, such as train brakes stopping at a train station.
I have seen the top doctors in Chicago, been through extensive blood, stool and breathing testing and have had zero progress on insight into what could be going on internally.
After massive weight loss of 30lbs within a 2 month span, I have finally maintained a healthy body weight. I still randomly have insomnia, brain fog, bloating, constipation/upset stomach (complete opposite situations day to day), numbness/tingling in my feet and hands, and random swelling.
My current diet is limited to Barilla pasta, butter, Kraft mozzarella cheese, Whole Foods chicken, white rice, all-purpose flour, Enjoy Life chocolate, eggs (fully baked into things), sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla.
I have not eaten out in two years and have to leave places if there is cooking with soy sauce, sesame oil or shellfish taking place. Also need to leave if a soy wax candle is burning. I am terrified to fly given the possibility of passengers bringing allergens of mine on board and being trapped midair during a reaction.
It is frustrating that no doctors are able to identify what is going on, if there are any options to help my situation and figure out any sort of next step to better my quality of life.