Skip to comments.Prayer Request for my Severe Allergy Problem
Posted on 04/22/2011 7:53:46 PM PDT by NCSEADOG
I am a longtime lurker here and visit nearly everyday.
I have developed a severe allergy problem. I have been told by my allergy Doctor that I am "allergic to iodine when taken as food in combination with other elements" In other words I can't tolerate iodine in my food. He said I am the first true case of this type he has ever seen. Many people think they are allergic to Iodine but in fact are allergic to a protein found in shellfish.
I am living off of a few juiced raw vegetables,organic unsalted peanut butter,oranges,orange juice and organic strawberry preserves.That seems to be all I can tolerate.If I "make a mistake" I have the following symptoms.Immediate severe "tightening" of the muscles starting high up my back and eventually spreading up my neck and to the back of my head. This leads to pretty severe headache,elevated blood pressure..last time it went to 180/111 . I am retaining a lot of fluid and feel weak.I have gone into Anaphylactic shock,thrown up etc. Unexplained rashes across my face and my entire scalp. I also suffer from colitis and diverticulitis.
I spoke with a local Doctor this week who told me he had no idea what could be done to help me.He advised me to get as many Christians as possible to pray for me and stated that "you need Divine healing". My allergy Doctor has been good to help with supplements etc which have given me more strength but has also stated that he does not know what can be done and that my healing would have to come from God.I have been to several doctors,herb people,chiropractors etc and none have been able to help me.
I am 47 and the father of two and a happy grandfather. I am a Christian and I am trying hard to be at peace with whatever my future holds.The thing I struggle most with is the financial burden my sickness has brought to my family. I do not have the strength to work a normal work week and struggle with staying on top of things at my office.We are facing immediate financial crisis and long term issues as well.I hate having to be preoccupied with our needs instead of spending my time and efforts in service to God & my fellow man.
I ask you my Free Republic friends to pray for me and my family.
I will follow your doctors orders and pray for you.
Wow! What a story for Good Friday! It sounds as if you are being lifted up on the cross. I will send up prayers for your healing & strength as well as strength for your family and wisdom for your doctors.
Prayers for you, your health and your family, NCSEADOG.
Prayers for you and your family.
Be positive and take everyday as a positive. I think that and prayers help a lot.
I will pray for you. Can you take sea salts or kosher salts OK?
Wow, it does sound like you are under attack. Prayers for a speedy recovery or for God to give you the answer you need to treat the allergy. Glad to hear you are consulting a nutritionist. Someone I knew cured an allergy with Vit. K, but this does not sound like a normal allergy. This one is going to take divine healing.
Thank you Lord, for what you will do for this Christian man. In Jesus name. Amen.
Get at least two other medical opinions
By His stripes we are healed. And that is why we rejoice!
You have a remarkable doctor, one who knows the great I AM is the ultimate Physician.
May He bless you and your family with your healing!
You have my prayers, but also look into ‘alternative’ medicine. If your doctor has said there’s nothing more his medicine can do, it seems to me you’d owe it to yourself, and that he’d be willing to discuss the things you find in your reading with you. Your library probably has a copy of Balch’s book Prescription for Nutritional Healing - it’s written by an MD and is a fairly good place to get started. Fasting goes along with prayer, as you know - maybe try one day a week for a little while, if that fits with his advice.
Father I lift up my Brother in Christ to you. Ease his burden or give him strength and endurance to the service of Your will. I lift up his family to you and ask for Your comfort in their time of struggle. Amen
Please keep us updated so we can pray accordingly.
Prayers being said.
Amen brother! Seriously, though, get a fresh perspective. Your present diagnosis is what your doctor is standing behind, come hell or high water, and it doesn't seem to be helping.
Perhaps metmom can give you some advice and show you some of her old threads. She was dealing with heavy duty food allergies and it turned out she did have a diagnosis; I think a mast cell problem (autoimmune).
Metmom; perhaps you have a word of advice for NCSEADOG?
I have been to several Doctors. Thanks for the suggestion & I do agree. I have been sick long enough now that my emergency fund is gone..sold about all I can sell..including my mutual funds. I currently do not have health insurance as I am self employed and currently can’t afford nor find coverage. I am NOT trying to make an excuse & I am open to a different opinion.
I’ll pray that you find appropriate medical treatment.
Tomorrow, call the patient intake number for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and talk to one of their counsellors. The doctors that are there are the best in the world. The counsellor can also talk finances with you so you know if it financially something you can do. Please don’t think you can’t go because of money. Work with them on it.
Once you are properly diagnoses, they devise treatment plans you can do with your hometown doctor. You go back and see them maybe once a year, depending on the complexity of your problem. They don’t work God-style miracles, but they are pretty close!
Get checked out for mastocytosis or Mast Cell Activation Disorder, while you’re at it.
Do you live near the Boston area?
Try oatmeal, although it is rumored to have a small amount of iodine in it, it’s supposed to have some limited anti-histamine effects.
I’ve found some good information on the nutritional value of various foods at this website, but cannot figure out how to bring those particular pages up without doing a google search of the term *nutritional value of (whatever the food you’re looking for is*.
Iodine allergies are not uncommon, although I don’t know about them being related to the source.
Chlorine and iodine bother me but not to the degree which you are dealing with/
I will certainly pray for you as a fellow food allergy/intolerance sufferer.
Thanks for the ping, pandy.
As a word of encouragement I have a close friend who, due to liver problems, has been on a raw food diet for years. She lives on various juices and salads, a few cold pressed oils, and a few other things like bee pollen.
She has lived for many years on this and while it is no picnic she often has decent energy, makes it out to church each week, etc.
Happy to pray for you as well.
If your doc didn't know that, it might be time to find a new one.
NOT SEA SALT!!! Not only does that have iodine, if there's a shellfish sensitivity, that would not be good.
Yes, definitely try kosher salt. I use a brand called David's. It has no iodine in it. You'd be shocked at the number of products which have sea salt in them.
Prayers lifted for you, but I will also second the advice to seek second opinions, and alternative therapies, and add a ping to FReeper metmom, who will probably have more serious allergy information than most general practitioners!
Metmom! as soon as I saw this post I thought of you. Hope no news on your front has been good news!
May God strengthen you both, and bring guidance to your medical teams.
Our Father, who is in heaven, hollowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
There are no allergies in heaven, so I know it is God's will to heal you of this.
freepmail me anytime, for prayer, encouragement, questions, ect.
Prayers for you.
I thought maybe you could help, after all you have been through, praying for you too!
Will keep you in my prayers, FRiend.
Since you have a computer might I suggest using the Dogpile search engine and inputing iodine allergy. Anytime I have a question I get a lot of options this way.
If you can get yourself to a teaching hospital or a good medical school with a research department you might get treatment as a teaching subject. My uncle was treated successfully and free for a rare cancer at one of the UC schools. Check it out with your current doctors.
I FReepmailed him.
Been there, done that, although not positive about the anaphylactic shock. I’ve had bizarre symptoms that when I google them up, that’s the only thing that fits, but it never progresses. I don’t get hives or swelling and my blood pressure doesn’t drop. It, along with my heart rate, shoot up like his.
It lasts between a half an hour and 45 mins and subsides almost as fast as it comes on, medicine or not. It’s like my body is fighting it.
It is very debilitating and has effectively prevented me from working part time for extra income as well.
I have to carry my own food with me everywhere and cannot travel anywhere I can’t be sure of getting PLAIN, unsalted chicken (beef, lamb) and oats.
Do you have any idea how much of our lives revolves around food? I’d rather just not be able to eat at all than to have to eat and restrict it so much and wonder if what I’m eating this time will throw me into another reaction.
I haven’t felt good in ages.
I’m getting by.
I can do a few other foods if I only do a mouthful or two at a time, not too often.
It’s been enough to break the monotony of the continual chicken and oats.
My cholesterol numbers are phenomenal.
Prayers for your health.
we place our worries in Your hands.
We ask that You restore Your servant to health again.
grant us the grace to acknowledge Your holy will
and know that whatsoever You do,
You do for the love of us.
Hugs and prayers
Henry Wright . . .
Bk A MORE EXCELLENT WAY.
He hasn’t been of great help to MetMom.
However, thousands of folks have been healed through his teachings and ministry.
He particularly has had good results with folks who have had to live literally in plastic bubbles from so many allergies to substances, fumes, etc.
CURRY BLAKE . . . don’t have his link handy . . . is different . . .
Henry Wright focuses on correcting spiritual issues, relationship issues which God has shown him result in lack of healing; body functioning right etc.
Curry Blake takes up where John G Lake left off . . . he has been training teams etc. around the country and around the world. He basically says that if someone’s faith is not sufficient for healing, they can lean on his faith . . . has had great success in many incurable cases. There may be some trained team members near you.
My Sea Salt does not have iodine. I am using Morton Fine and they put a no iodine warning right on it. It is sea salt from Spain.
So glad to hear that you are able to add a little variety in every now and again. That has to help a lot, to be able to have even a small treat on occasion.
Will definitely keep you and NCSEADOG on my prayer list.
Take care, and May God bless,
I think all sea salt has iodine in it. It’s in ocean water.
Almost all the sea salt I’ve looked into that I can find around here has additives, potassium iodide and anti-caking agents.
He’d be best off trying kosher salt for the time being. It is just salt.
I also have severe allergies, dust, cats, grass pollen, tree pollen, some scents.
I sympathize with your situation. Please see a specialist in this area and be test for other things you might be allergic to.
For example, I know of a person who is extremely allergic to soy. Do you know you can’t buy catsup with it having soy in it?
Well, that OK but it seemed as though I was totally incorrect which isn’t the case. The ingredients are Salt and Yellow Prussiate of Soda, thats it.
Chocolate has mostly Bromine, so it is the antidote to Iodine poisoning.