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PostPosted: 16 Mar 2011, 21:19 
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Hello, my name is Marisa and I am 42 years old and live in milton keynes in the UK. I have gradually developed a histamine intolerance (HIT) over the past 4 years which shows itself by causing major itching all over my body. It became so bad that I decided to investigate the problem myself, and as my doctor couldnt help I turned to the internet for as much information as I could find. I soon found out that the cause of my problem could be caused by histamine in the food i was eating and some sites suggested trying a low histamine diet which I did almost straight away. After only a few days i started to feel much better and became less dependent on my anti-histamine tablets and after 4 weeks my itching stopped totally without any tablets. I was so releived that I had finally found the cause of my symptoms and felt so proud that I had got to the bottom of it myself and was no longer relient on any tablets....however, since being on this strict diet, which was a few months ago now, I have been eating foods that are high in histamine again and my itching has returned, although its not so bad as I can control it with what I eat which is great to a certain extent.

The reason I am writing this blog is because I want to try to get to the route of the cause and hopefully reduce or even stop the itching from happening in the first place. I have read that the most probable cause of my HIT is a deficiency in Diamine Oxidase which I understand can be helped by taking Magnesium. So with this in mind I have decided to try taking Magnesium to see if it helps my symptoms without having to continue with a strict low histamine diet. The only thing is, I dont know much about Magnesium supplements and would appreciate it if someone can please tell me what type of Magnesium I need to take?, what brand? How much I need to take? and how often? etc. Do I take it in tablet or liquid form or both? And should I take it with Calcium and/or any other vitamins? I would really appreciate your help so that I can start the treatment as soon as possible.

I hope that sharing my experience on this site has been helpful to other HIT sufferers and I will let you know how I get on with the magnesium.

Thank you and I look forward to some advice on Magnesium please?!

Marisa


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Marisa, your best bet is to see an expert such as Dirk Budka, who is based in London. He will help pinpoint the cause of your issue and this will allow you to do the necessary research. Until you have that expert guidance you could be barking up one of many possible trees. You are right that magnesium is a useful mineral and a deficiency in this is usually found in those who have histamine issues. You may also find that you are low in Vit B6 and the two work hand in hand to help re-stock the level of the DAO enzyme. Read the Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean and you will probably end up spending a fortune - like I did - on angstrom magnesium, which only seems to be sold in the USA. A liquid form of the mineral that is more easily absorbed than many of the powdered versions but i've found to be far superior.

Self diagnosing can be futile, time-consuming and sometimes counter-productive so my advice would be to get an expert opinion first and then open yourself up to the internet once you know what your problem is.

Best of luck.


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Hi Aquarius,

Many thanks for your reply and your advice?

I have been thinking about going to see an expert for a while now but am not sure how to go about it. Would I have to be referred by my doctor? and would I be able to see Dr Budka as ive heard he is a very busy man and some people cant get to see him? Also, would it need to be a private appointment or can you see these experts on the NHS? I have already been to see a so called "allergy specialist" at Bedford hospital. He took a couple of blood tests to see if i was allergic to anything but the tests came back negative and he told me i would just have to keep taking anti-histamine tablets...and that was it!!

I appreciate your advice?

many thanks

marisa


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You might need to wait a week or two to see Dirk and you would need to pay to see him, but it's worth every penny and cuts through the time wasting so often experienced with the NHS. I saw Dirk a couple of years ago but as I also had private medical cover through work I saw a consultant at a private hospital at the same time. Without going into too much detail, Dirk got to the bottom of the problem in quick time; the hospital consultant blamed it on a mysterious virus that would eventually go by itself!

He has many websites and can easily be found typing his name into Google.


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