ALLERGY STORIES: Asthma/Allergies and Lung disease

I was tested and found to be allergic to a very long list of food and environmental elements, including almost all trees and grasses. Before that I was diagnosed with and was being treated for asthma and nasal allergies. Four years ago I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and I strongly believe there is a connection. I believe my lung disease may have been caused by undiagnosed food allergies causing acid reflux which was aspirated into my lungs(just my opinion). Right now I am being seen by Duke Medical Center as a candidate for a lung transplant. I am on supplemental oxygen. As I type this I have a red blotchy rash and have no idea want caused it as it is so hard to pinpoint sometimes because even though I avoid known allergens, I have had reactions to foods that I tested negative for. I wish I had tested sooner but I always blamed the shortness of breathe that happened sometimes after meals on asthma. I feel like I am rambling, but it just feels good to share with someone who understands.

You've rendered me almost speechless... I'm heartbroken for you. I can't imagine what you're going through. Please don't feel like you're rambling! This is exactly what the "Share Your Story" feature is here for :-)

Plus, a lung transplant is NO small deal. Wow... I see what you're saying, though. I think there could definitely be something to your theory. Allergens can wreak havoc on our bodies in ways that most people wouldn't even think of. 

Hang in there and keep doing things for yourself that help you feel better (like sharing your story) or having a friend over for lunch. It's important to keep your spirit up!

Please check back in after your transplant and let us know how you're doing!


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