My allergy appt was yesterday afternoon. Much to my chagrin, they wanted to do another skin test – not blood test. The doctor had good reasoning. He said a lot of people may have sensitivities, but not necessarily allergies…so a blood test would not show true results. The skin test shows you immediately what you have the strongest reactions to.
I believe they tested for 40+ allergies. I’m not sure. They did 4 rows on my back, with at least 10 little dabs in each row. Could have been more like 15-20 in each row. It included all the things I was previously tested for (about 3-4 years ago), plus some more. All pretty much common allergies, foods, etc. I don’t remember them doing very many the last time.
At my last allergy test, I felt major burning and tingling. I got big lumps all over my back. This time, I didn’t feel very much going on. My back was burning a little. He came back in, glanced at my back, and said, “You have NO allergies”. Say whaaaatt?! Believe me, I do NOT want allergies, but how could so much have changed since my previous test? I know allergies can change over time, but that much?
I told him I felt my back burning, but he said the spots weren’t large enough to be considered allergies. I went home and looked, and my back was covered with bumps – like mosquito bites. I agree, they definitely weren’t as big as before. There was definitely something going on – in every single spot they dabbed.
I told the doctor I was on immune treatment, but not at the moment. (Can’t take it with my cyst issue.) I had taken steroids and Lovenox less than 2 weeks prior. All they told me was not to take any allergy meds for 3 days prior to the appt. I wonder if these drugs may have affected the test. Crap. Waste of time, I guess. I don’t know. I suppose I should ask Dr. Kwak-Kim. I’m probably not going to be able to get an accurate reading with how often I take these meds.
I really really really want to eat some fresh strawberries now! 😀 I’m scared that I’ll still have a reaction though. 😦 Also, I have missed honey so much! But that one scared me. I even had to go get a shot at the doctor when I had a reaction to it. I don’t want to risk anything. I do have an Epi pen and other allergy meds. Maybe I should try a tiny amount of the things I’m “supposed” to be allergic to?
Anyway, he wants me to come back in 4 weeks to do intradermal needles then. I don’t think I will. At that point, I should be cycling again. I don’t really care that much – I just want to make sure I’m healthy and not exposing myself to potentially harmful things. It’s pretty freaky when you have an allergic reaction. Plus, my stupid GI issues. Maybe the next stop is the GI doctor. I’m tired of doctors and testing though LOL!!!
I also wonder if my reactions and what-not are getting better due to the immune treatment. I haven’t been sick in over a year, and I used to get sick constantly (especially sinus infections). What’s weird is that Dr. KK’s testing showed my immune system is compromised – I’m deficient in IgG and IgA, so I’m more susceptible to getting sick. It also showed that my body is kind of in attack mode, with all the inflammatory markers. I guess it’s balancing itself out? That doesn’t seem good though, at least not for fertility. The body is a strange and amazing thing. I don’t understand it really.
My cyst re-check is Monday!! I’m curious to see what’s going on in there. I think I still feel it there… 😦 I also feel something on the right side. I hope it’s not bad. Oh well, this break has been good. I just don’t want to wait forever, ya know.