Apologies for any graphic descriptions.
So I have a weird stomach issue that has now recurred 5 times over the past 2-3 months, but I can’t figure it out. I have a light latex allergy - after 5 years in a lab using latex gloves before discovering nitrile and reacted 2x to Downy fabric softener as a kid; but otherwise never had any recognizable allergy nor do I believe I have ever had food poisoning. This is to say that I have been generally healthy and a stomach of iron.
11.pm go to bed with a stomach “ache”
1.am wake up in irritable pain (1st time thought was gall stones or kidney stones)- can’t lie on either side (right is worse) and absolutely not on stomach
restlessly try to get comfortable and disstract myself
Between 2.am-5.am pain gets bad enough to induce vomiting which brings up 100% of supper in a powerful torrent
10 minutes later pain subsides and i return to sleep - no additional GI problems and no diarrhea- literally done and gone other than exhaustion
Tums has no effect, and Milk of Magnesia high dose (recommended by doctor after 2nd episode in attempt to flush my system) has NO effects and I could taste it during vomit four hours later
I can drink lots of water (1/2 gallon) which seems to be absorbed just fine
I had urinalysis and blood work 24 hours after 2nd time and no sign of gall or kidney stones (no blood in urine and normal enzyme levels in blood), etc.
The conclusion was food allergy but here is where I’m confused as I can’t find the suspect. The other crazy thing is that all 5 times have been Saturday nights!?! even though Friday and Sundays tend to be fairly similar with regard to food and activities.
- Mexican food truck burrito, cider at brewery
- Leftover from same mexican food truck, cider at brewery
(mexican food truck WAS one of my favorites and I like me some cider; Thoughts at this point were avocado due to latex allergy)
- Don’t recall food, but canned cider at home
- Domino’s Pizza and cider
(New thought was histamines in cider! and maybe after long time I’d finally become sensitized)
- Caprese salad (had on Friday night too) and pepperoni chicago deep dish pizza (eaten there 100 times before) - no alcohol but I did have 2x Diet Dr. Pepper which I hadn’t had in years
So something is making my stomach go nuts and stop functioning but ???
My alcohol consumption is near 0 and pizza and mexican food terrify me currently and I’m scared of what leaves next! The only other thing I can think of is from a Radiolab-discussed topic where they talked about ticks giving people a meat allergy, but there really aren’t ticks around Seattle. Nitrate/sulfate allergy? I can’t fathom any other connections.
Any thoughts or questions given the wide knowledge from you Dopers?