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Oct 16, 2004
Sherry in PA
GERD and food allergies
Hi, Haven't posted in awhile since my computer crashed and also been busy with hospitals and tests. In the past my postings have been primarily re: my 13 yr old with GERD and DGE (now doing well on nexium, zantac and zelnorm). In the meantime my 11 year old has been diagnosed with the same plus hiatal hernia. Her pH probe showed her to be refluxing 100% of the time (GI has never seen this before and probe placement was confirmed) EGD was normal. She's much better on prilosec but still has some abdominal discomfort or nausea at night. She's on a milk and wheat challenge diet right now because the allergist thinks she might be allergic, but with her symptoms from the reflux I don't know how to tell if she's better without those foods. Anyone have experience with this? Thanks, Sherry
Oct 23, 2004
Sherry in PA
Forgot to mention that the biopsies done with the EGD tested negative for food allergies and celiac disease so I don't understand why the allergist still suspects it or why her skin prick tests were "questionable".
Jan 02, 2005
food allergies
I've had mild reflux off and on throughout my life (I'm now 33) but in my late 20s I was diagnosed with ulerative colitis. I don't know if they're related or not, but the reason I'm responding to your message is because I underwent lots and lots of testing, including allergy testing. The skin prick tests came back normal except for green beans and coffee. I had some controversial blood allergy testing done and results indicated severe allergy to wheat, gluten, rye and mild-moderate allergies to other common things like egg yolk and green beans. All I know is that I'm on a gluten-free diet and that my symptoms of ulcerative colitis stay away. With the holidays it's hard to be good all the time and I let myself be on a rotation diet, which means I let myself have some cookies one day and then don't have any again for 3 days. I also stay away from soda and caffeine. The only way to know if diet modification will make a difference is to give a try. I hope it works for you. If staying away from wheat alone doesn't make a difference, maybe gluten-free will??
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