After visiting a new allergist yesterday, I've found out that I most likely have a pretty severe case of oral allergy syndrome. (Though we're doing more testing to make certain)
The problem has been that I've been developing allergic reactions to raw fruits and veggies at a pretty rapid rate (this started about 10 years ago, but has gotten drastically worse in the past year) where my lips, tongue and throat swell, I get itchy, it's hard to breathe, and sometimes I'll get hives or my eyes will swell shut.
Apparently this is related to all of my environmental allergies - my body is unable to distinguish between pollen and apples and such.
This pretty much means for me, what I expected - I'm never supposed to eat apples, bananas, pears, nectarines, peaches, canteloupe, cherries, bell peppers, lettuce, green leafies, or cucumbers ever again unless they are fully cooked. Hopefully I'll stop developing new ones - I was pretty mad last month when I developed a banana reaction.
I picked up my first two epi-pens at the pharmacy yesterday - they're scary, but hopefully I won't have to use them - I have a pretty healthy paranoia about food that others have prepared, I examine and ask lots of questions.
Starting over with my weight loss goals: 8/15/2011
Losing with challenges: Severe persistent asthma, multiple life-threatening food allergies, environmental allergies, gastric emptying delay, squishy esophagus, pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, left ankle arthroscopic surgery