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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:57 AM
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3. No insurance = no allergist, alas
and it took me 5 years to track down an itchy pinprick rash. Naturally, I did all the sensible things like changing laundry detergents and bath soap 4 times before I even considered it could be a food or drug allergy. It took all that time because wheat was literally the last thing I thought could be the culprit since wheat allergy in adults is so rare as to be downright freakish.

But it did turn out to be wheat as a 2 week elimination confirmed. Imagine my disgust, a skeptic who thinks most people who are diagnosed by quack nutritionists as being gluten intolerant need a psychiatrist as well as a real GI doctor.

I don't have any symptoms of celiac disease and I don't have to be one of these freaks who insist their gluten free diet foods be produced in a factory that has never seen a single gram of wheat flour. My skin is much better and I itch a lot less when I avoid it. However, it's a massive pain in the ass to avoid since it's in so much we eat. I can't imagine glorying in it unless one is using a diet to bully friends and family, in which case staying away from wheat will soon be the most minor problem they have.

Eventually, Medicare will kick in and if I can find an allergist who will accept a Medicare patient, I'll get it confirmed. Until then, I'll just have to avoid the stuff and hope no more allergies pop up.

Oh, but I am getting one piece of birthday cake from a real bakery. Some things are worth itching for a week or so.
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  -Wow, I got my head chewed off for suggesting that the incidence of gluten sensitivity is exaggerated Odin2005  Nov-27-11 09:08 PM   #0 
  - I am inclined to agree that it is way over  SheilaT   Nov-27-11 09:48 PM   #1 
  - I agree, the "gluten-free" fake-food is rather disgusting.  Odin2005   Nov-27-11 10:06 PM   #2 
  - No insurance = no allergist, alas  Warpy   Nov-28-11 01:57 AM   #3 
     - I often get itchy when I consume too much sugary foods and drinks.  Odin2005   Nov-28-11 08:10 AM   #5 
  - Most people do not want to do the actually diagnostic test for this  TZ   Nov-28-11 06:53 AM   #4 
  - There's a blood test too that's 90% accurate  salvorhardin   Nov-29-11 08:03 AM   #9 
  - It may be axaggerated, but,  mr blur   Nov-28-11 02:37 PM   #6 
  - My partner has a friend  Goldom   Nov-28-11 06:50 PM   #7 
  - Hence my reference to hypochondriacs.  Odin2005   Nov-28-11 08:45 PM   #8 
  - I wonder  lizerdbits   Nov-30-11 08:48 PM   #10 
  - I think some of it is that some people have health problems for which they grasp at 'gluten-free' as  LeftishBrit   Dec-03-11 01:46 PM   #11 

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