Originally Posted by Nolansmum
Please give me input on what I should try to address with the pediatric allergist. Our first appt is on Monday and it is a military hospital.
HOw much do I tell them about what diet I have been following and what I have been doing for DS?
What tests should I ask for?
Well, I kept quiet about my diet and supplements for the most part, and I tried not to bring up phrases like "allergy load" or "leaky gut" and such, until I had a feel for him. I actually had decided that he wasn't going to be very receptive when I accidentally slipped up and said something about "allergy load" and he totally gave me this condescending speech. He also was very emphatic about how allergies are just "bad genetics" and nothing more. Grrrr.
I didn't get the feeling he would have been open to IgG testing either, so we just did the skin prick. From what I understand, the skin prick and RAST blood test (both IgE testing) have the same accuracy rate (which apparently isn't very high), so one or the other isn't necessarily better. Personally, I would like to have had more substances tested, which is how RAST is superior, imo (can test lots of substances with one blood draw). He only did 8 skin pricks, the major 8 on the pediatric panel, which did *not* include nuts or fish. He was very disinclined to do a blood draw on a baby/toddler (not that I love the idea either).
Now that we've eliminated our major allergens (corn and dairy, but also soy, nuts and fish, for good measure), others are becoming more obvious (mostly fruits). If I liked the guy, I would go back to test for the ones that have me concerned, but since I don't, I think I'll just have to figure it out for myself.
Sorry, I'm rambling! I hope you have a really, really good experience. Good luck with the appt.