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headache,ischemic colitis,allergy to seafood. Will this heal?

Many years of unexplained health problems and way to many symptoms to put together when it went on that long undiagnosed. I am a waitress by trade and gave it up a few years back because I was so weak and the headaches were that severe. I never fully understood how my health seemed to have improved the past few years some because now I tend bar and work in second hand smoke . I have had some down time but not like in the past. The past several months I have learned on my own not by a doctor that I severly reacted to anchovie paste that was used in a recipe made by a friend. I have eaten ceasar salad for as long as I can remember. I then had an experience with scollops more body pain and some thoat pain. But before the Christmas Holiday I had a few calamari and then I knew i was on track to all of my unexplained health. My throat closed so bad but I felt like someone had kick bocked my chest and could not expand it at all and get air. I have had this before but not this bad and never fully understanding why it happens. Five weeks back it was a haddock dinner at a local restaurant that had just opened. My throat felt like I had thyroiditis for weeks. I did loose my voice some etc.. I am afraid and will seek medical help eventually. At the moment I am just so mad that it took this long for me or anyone to put together. There is not a specialist I have not seen. I am 54 and it all started at age 39 which is the age I went back to work. Never did I see this connection until recently. When we started to sell Lobster and Steamers I went out of work and thought my symptoms getting much worse had to do with this. I went to an allergist who told me that I was developing a sensitivity but focused on celiac disease and that road ended when my GI doctor ruled it out. I now have seveve ischemic colitis and have been kept overnight in hospital for blood pressure dropping low and another time for intestnal bleeding. My questions are these. Will this heal. I cannot sit for any period of time because of my intestines and cannot lift much because of all that feels damaged inside most days. I have recently talked with a woman who watched what I went through recently and she explained she was in the Islands when she almost went into shock. She had seen prior the same allergist that I had gone to before. Can allergies to seafood and shellfish be trickey to catch??????? I was working long shifts just to keep moving because nothing in my body seems to function good if I stay idle. How much did my working in a restaurant have to do with this getting this bad. It all started many years back with a red face, neck and ears. Always around 3 in the afternoon. Then came the unexplained rash and they focused on detergent. Then I was rushed in and told my appendix but the hospital record shows them circuling they were normal. When I kept going back with the same repeated symptoms stating it is the same pain as before the appendix he yelled I only had one. I said I knew. He moved to Florida shortly after and I have lived years very sick. I had also moved at this time and four restaurants across the street that sold seafood. This is when I was originally sent to be tested for MS the first time. Major swelling, headaches, and no feflex response on left side. It was August and windows open and we thought heat being a trigger. Long road but faith. Will I heal?????? How much plays in to my health failing working and living near seafood restaurants?????????? Thanks and so sorry about the length.
Asked On : Mon, 26 Mar 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Thanks for writing in.
I would like to reassure you that ischemic colitis is something which can be taken care of to a very large extent. However, the exact course can be determined by actually assessing the severity of the disease.
As far as your allergies are concerned, seafood and shellfish allergies are some of the most common ones. It is surprising you weren't diagnosed with this before. This can not only occur when you ingest sea food but can also occur when you inhale the protein when it is being cooked.
I would suggest you stay away from the seafood restaurant and you should be good.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Tue, 27 Mar 2012
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