Today I took my daughter to Dartmouth Hospital for allergy testing and we basically wasted the three hour total drive time plus the hour or so there. Honestly, I was hugely disappointed. My daughter has food allergies to an unknown item or items. We kind of think it is to MSG and other nasty additives, but we are not 100% sure. One thing I do know is that she is no allergic to Cod, Shrimp, or Sesame Seeds. Those were the only three things they tested and why they tested for those, I am not sure. It had something to do with the fact that one of her big reactions was at Burger King. She at a couple of fries and had a sip or two of a shake and within minutes had to use her Epi Pen.
The allergist we saw today honestly did not seem to have a clue. The only things he could see were the things that were inside the norm. He said that it is not "normal" for people to have allergies to MSG then he told me they couldn't test for that any way. He pretty much said it could be her vocal chords. Her vocal chords, ya. I guess there is something weird that the vocal chords can do when under stress.....
.....it all sounded like he had no clue what he was talking about, but really liked to talk.
So, we have no answers but there is no way she is going to eat things with MSG or other processing items. It really irritates me that we went all that way and he didn't even listen to us. He had his idea and that was that. Grrrr.... in the meantime the kid still carries two epi pens. Hopefully she won't have to use them.