Test positive for IgG response to eggs, but don't notice a reaction. What gives?

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Answered on July 18, 2014
Created November 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I've been having tummy/digestive health problems (constant nausea, IBS type stuff) since last January. I got diagnosed with gluten intolerance (IgA stool test from Enterolab) early on but although I had a lot of improvement going off it (which to me confirmed the validity of the test for me) I was still ill and realized it wasn't the whole story. Over (a way too long) time, I found that cutting out alcohol and dairy also helped, and finally have had the biggest improvements on GAPS diet and am starting to feel like a normal person again even though my belly is still really sensitive and I am mildly nauseous at least part of every day. I'm realizing the big picture looks more like leaky gut and possible flora imbalances (the test is currently in the lab) either triggered by or that are causing food sensitivity for me. Along with a bunch of other stuff we are testing, I had IgG testing for 10 common things and came back with high results to wheat, dairy, eggs, and sesame. Wheat and dairy made sense to me because of my experiences, but eggs are a huge part of my diet so I thought they could be causing problems, but I also didn't notice any direct correlation to eating them and getting worse. I cut them out for 3 weeks and felt pretty good during that time with some ups and downs, and then I added them back in and.... continued to feel pretty good with some ups and downs. There just wasn't a smoking gun like eating a bagel with cream cheese and having to rush to the bathroom. So I am eating them again and still slowly getting better with some ups and downs. Now every time I feel gross I beat myself up that it must be because I am willfully abusing eggs, but then I think of all the times I eat them and have a really great day. I also have read all the lit about how shaky the IgG validity can be and wonder if they just showed up because I eat them a lot and they leaked through my gut? This was the best thing I have read about why eggs can be problematic: http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/06/whys-behind-autoimmune-protocol-eggs.html but it is hard to want to cut them out again when I am already so restricted and I haven't had an ah-ha! moment that made me believe I'm having problems with them. Any common experience or advice would be much appreciated!

952 · July 17, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Could you please share the MD contact? Thanks a lot!

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2339 · July 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

you could look into histamine intolerance; it might explain inconsistent reactions.

165 · July 18, 2014 at 3:52 AM

A side note:

Make sure to ask your doc if you should avoid vaccines in the future due to this reaction to eggs. Many of them (example: a flu shot) are contraindicated for people with egg allergies, as egg protein is part of the media mix that carries the vaccine.

18972 · November 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Normally, we're allergic to proteins in foods. You might be able to get away with just the yolks. It's typically the avidin in the whites that we react to.

We shouldn't be allergic to eggs, but unfortunately once wheat and other grains are consumed, they signal zonulin which opens up the gut barrier, and allows undigested proteins in, to which we build antibodies. i.e. toast+eggs, bagel+eggs, are the recipes for building allergies to eggs.

If you wait long enough and the antibodies go away, you might be able to reintroduce them and see if you can tolerate them, but for at least 6-12months, you should avoid them altogether.

710 · November 12, 2013 at 7:27 AM

My wife has a serious autoimmune condition that was initially treated via traditional methods... steroids. She did not like the side effects or the lack of a "cure" but just suppression of symtptoms.

She decided to go to an alternative MD who treated her with diet alone. .... very low carb plus no wheat, no grains, no peanuts, no fruit , no eggs, no nightshades.

Pretty much just meat (beef, lamb, chix & fish) and leafy veggies. Plus lots of supplements... fish oils.

She did this for over 6 months... we called it the " I'll the salmon diet " . After that, she slowly re-introduced eggs and limited nightshades but she still avoids carbs; grains, sugar & especially fruit.

At the time we thought it was pretty extreme ... Worried that is was going to be permanent but only parts turned out to be permanent. My suggestion, do the restricted diet for an extended amount time.

I agree that the tests can be wrong, my wife never had them done. Her MD prefers to go with a fully restrictive diet for an extended time and then re-introduce. We're very pleased with the results... what's 6 months of restricted diet compared to the rest of your life if it improves your health?

952 · July 17, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Could you please share the MD contact? Thanks a lot!

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