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Feeling discomfort, headache, poor sleep and frequent urination after eating. Cause and treatment?

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Hi there,

I have been unwell for the last several years. I get reactions to foods sometimes nearly instantly. A lot of foods and supplements bother me. They cause pain after consumption on the left side near the pelvic or hip area (illiac fossa), weird sensations and pressure like pain in the head, temple forehead sinus region, frequent urination, poor sleep lethargy, fatigue flatulence etc. Foods such as most fruits, lime, lemon, tea, coffee, alcohol, bread, sweets of any kind, excess dairy (although I'm not lactose intolerant coz I have done the breath test), sauces, spices and many other foods. In terms of supplements, magnesium gives me a headache, and many other herbs bother me as well. I took Saccharomyces Boulardi the other day as it is considered a good bacteria but immediately after consumption that too gave me a headache. The headaches I get are sort of tension type mild to moderate but irritating. The pain travels through my sinuses as well.

The symptoms manifested four years ago or I should say escalated tremendously four years ago, they were there before that but not the whole lot, I had problems like flatulence, frequent urination and some sleep disturbances before that. I'm now nearly 40 years old. All this is affecting my work, concentration and day to day activities.

Consequently I'm following a restrictive diet and stick to foods that I can tolerate well. The symptoms are under control considerably but I'm not 100% normal.

What do you think might be the cause of my problem and can you give me any treatment plan. I have been to numerous doctors and done all the possible tests in the world but it has all been negative so far. I have also done the elimination diet through a registered dietician. However eliminating foods is only a temporary solution. I can't imagine being on a restrictive diet for the very long term.

I'm now nearly 40 years old. All this is affecting my work, concentration and day to day activities. The whole thing is driving me nuts, would like your help

Posted Sat, 16 Feb 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Ganesh Sanap 1 hour later
Hi, XXXXXXX welcome and thanks for writing in.
You are already diagnosed with allergic problem with multiple foods. There are two way to handle this kind of situation. One is restricted diet which you are following . Unfortunately it needs long term compliance.
Other one is desensitisation technique for known allergens. You need to consult a allergic disease specialist for the same. He may ask you for 1 or few test. As you don't want to follow long tern restriction for food, the other method is looks quite suitable. It will help to become as much as near normal life.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have further concern fell free to ask again.

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Follow-up: Feeling discomfort, headache, poor sleep and frequent urination after eating. Cause and treatment? 40 minutes later
Hi there

Thanks for that

I have done all the skin prick tests and they were all negative so in the food allergy tests nothing came up, but I have sensitivities to many foods which cause the reactions mentioned above. What does desensitisation entail?

Answered by Dr. Ganesh Sanap 1 hour later
Hi, welcome back XXXXXXX.
For food allergy, desensitization can be achieved through oral immunotherapy. It include oral tablets or injection. While not a cure, this program enables food allergic children and adults to consume foods that they were allergic to previously, without any allergic reaction.
I urge you to consult a good allergic specialist and discuss this modality . It will definitely help in some manner. Otherwise only way is restrictions of food.

Hope I have addressed your query.

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Follow-up: Feeling discomfort, headache, poor sleep and frequent urination after eating. Cause and treatment? 10 hours later
Hi there

Even when I'm on a restrictive diet I'm not 100% and that is the point I'm trying to make. When I have those offending foods it make it worse. I've tested for all common food allergies, namely peanuts, wheat, egg, milk and they were all negative.

I'm wondering if the plethora of food sensitivities or intolerances are due to another underlying reason.

Certain websites talk about Candida and yeast overgrowth where they list that Candida can cause all sorts of problems and symptoms, do you subscribe to that and do you think that might be my problem?


Answered by Dr. Ganesh Sanap 9 hours later
Hi, welcome back.
You are correct in manner of candida and yeast infection. However candida infection is last and least common cause for such intolerance . Also it usually occurs in immune compromised individuals. In healthy individual it very less likely that candida will cause infection. That's why I didn't discussed it before. Otherwise you may get over anxious about infection.
As a last possibility evaluation for candida can be performed. It may need a stool culture or endoscopy with or without biopsy. In that case you need to consult your physician again. Don't start any antifungal on the counter. It may cause liver damage.
Hope I have answered your query.

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Follow-up: Feeling discomfort, headache, poor sleep and frequent urination after eating. Cause and treatment? 13 hours later
Hi there

Thanks for your answer. Will food allergy desensitization or oral immunotherapy resolve or to a great extent resolve across the board food issues, coz I'm sensitive to things like Lime, lemon, tomatoes, spices etc etc or does this therapy work only for known allergies like peanuts, eggs etc

I'm also sensitive to magnesium and multivatimins as well as vitamin C. Do you reckon oral immunotherapy could address these issues as well.

I'm aghast as to the range of foods and supplements that are causing me problems. I dont know how I ended up this way. But it seems like my immune system is hyperactive or there is something else very nasty going on either in the gut or stomach. Have you come across anyone which such a problem i.e. intolerance/sensitivity to a myriad of foods/beverages/supplements.

Answered by Dr. Ganesh Sanap 7 hours later
Hi, welcome back XXXXXXX.
As per your complaints you are sensitive to wide range of food. In such case restricted diet is really a frustrating thing. Immunotherapy will not totally curable but it will be helpful to that standard.
In allergic disorders such uncomfortable things for patients are very disappointing. In present scenario we can try as much as possible. Immunotherapy modality is one of the treatment. If it will effective then no need to worry about food intake and unnecessary investigations.
I had come across such patients one of them was allergic to 130 food products and in his case immunotherapy was effective. For the same reason I advised this treatment for you. There is no problem in your stomach.

Hope this will work for you.

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