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Eggs now make me sick..like throwing up sick

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I have been doing Paleo since March..Moe Paleo 2.0 these days as I've added tubers and some whole grassfed dairy(dairy in limited quantities).

About 2 weeks ago I noticed a gnawing stomach ache after breakfast. Like a hard cramping in my actual stomach not intestines. I almost always had 1 egg for breakfast with some sort of meat (bacon, steak left over chicken..) and vegetables (asparagus, spinach, arugula).
I thought maybe it was bacon...eliminated it still had stomach ache. Thought it was too much food ate less.. still got a stomach ache. Switched to Coconut flour pancakes made with eggs.STOMACH ACHE!

Went three days on soaked oat recipe that I saw here to switch it up. NO STOMACH ACHE!

Ate a veggie omlette this morning Stomach ache AND nausea AND vomitting.

How is it possible that something that I was fine on and thrived on for months could suddenly turn THAT wrong. Should I go to the doctor or just avoid eggs? And how in the world am I going to keep Paleo without eggs??

Thanks in Advance!

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748 · February 03, 2013 at 3:20 AM

I experimented and found out I was just allergic to the egg WHITES (nausea, close to vomiting, gagging, etc) but I found out that I can make omelettes out of egg YOLKS using the "water bottle trick" but 9 out of 10 times I find that sounds too difficult so I stay away from them for the most part and I'm doing just fine. Another weird thing, i can eat them whole if it's an INGREDIENT in something, but NOT on their own.

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748 · February 03, 2013 at 3:16 AM

I experimented and found out I was just allergic to the egg WHITES (nausea, close to vomiting, gagging, etc) but I found out that I can make omelettes out of egg YOLKS using the "water bottle trick" but 9 out of 10 times I find that sounds too difficult so I stay away from them for the most part and I'm doing just fine. Another weird thing, i can eat them whole if it's an INGREDIENT in something, but NOT on their own.

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180 · February 03, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Specific things will hit you during pregnancy. And they may change day to day. Eggs would make my wife ill one day, she'd be fine with them the next. Other things never stopped being a trigger... Like the smell of cedar.

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197 · October 24, 2012 at 3:01 AM

great eggample! thanks for sharing!

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286 · July 22, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I know..that's what has me concerned too. Since I haven't had any eggs I have felt just fine. Dont know when I am going to do the test again although maybe I'll just take a hint and stop eating them all together

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20519 · July 19, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Whew - this is good news! Any update on how yer feeling?

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286 · July 15, 2011 at 2:00 AM

I did cut eggs for three days. No stomach ache. I know but I'm kinda of tired of eliminating things especially a staple. That's all.

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286 · July 15, 2011 at 1:59 AM

No trouble with any nightshades..thank GOD...!

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286 · July 15, 2011 at 1:59 AM

Thought of that..yes I am a woman of child bearing age and there is always that but it seems so specific... Pregnancy test couldn't hurt

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24271 · July 15, 2011 at 12:10 AM

+1 for "A healthy gut has an opinion." I like that.

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24271 · July 15, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Thanks for that info. I've never heard that before.

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20519 · July 14, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Oh no.. that's one hell of an allergic reaction! Stop eating eggs in any form and toss what you have. I only say this because there are people who are so allergic that even if egg touches them they go into anaphylactic shock and have to carry an Epi pen. You're reacting stronger and stronger so it's better to be safe than sorry until you can get confirmation on whats happening. I hate to suggest this but if you're opposed to seeing a doc and want to self-test try just a bite or two of egg whites. See if there is a reaction. Wait a few days and try just a few bites of cooked egg yolk. There are people who are allergic to one or the other. But be careful!

Serious reactions kind of freak me out so if I were you.. make an appt. with an allergist so they can run tests. Are you taking any allergy meds? Before you see the doc go off them for a few days before as they will affect the results. If you're on anything else make sure the doc's office knows so they can tell you if any of them will affect the tests as well. I was an allergy ridden kid, luckily grew out of 95% of them - I definitely feel for you..

I'm curious.. any trouble with potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant? Sometimes it seems that some people who react to those items that fall under the nightshade category also have egg trouble.. as well as trouble with chicken. It's just a weird cross-allergy..

Re: Paleo.. there are many people who are happily fed without eggs and they are definitely growing big and strong. Meat, fish, veg, dairy, fruit, good fats, etc. If you like the texture of eggs you can make a nice creamy cauliflower mash and top with your favourite omelet options and I think you might be happy :) Be well!

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286 · July 15, 2011 at 1:59 AM

No trouble with any nightshades..thank GOD...!

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20519 · July 19, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Whew - this is good news! Any update on how yer feeling?

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24538 · July 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM

I feel "oogy" after eating eggs. So, I have been wondering if I should quit them too. I know a lot of people start noticing their food intolerances after going paleo. A healthy gut has an opinion.

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24271 · July 15, 2011 at 12:10 AM

+1 for "A healthy gut has an opinion." I like that.

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910 · July 14, 2011 at 11:13 PM

I have been gluten free much longer than I have been paleo. It is a well known in the GF community that when gluten is eliminated, intolerance to other foods can pop up. I have never seen a good explanation for this. Some are successful in adding a food back.

Of course it could be a true allergy (IgE reaction) - allergies can also pop up anytime.

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24271 · July 15, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Thanks for that info. I've never heard that before.

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439 · July 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM

are you female? Is there ANY CHANCE that you are pregnant? I'm sure someone here will have a better idea, but...

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286 · July 15, 2011 at 1:59 AM

Thought of that..yes I am a woman of child bearing age and there is always that but it seems so specific... Pregnancy test couldn't hurt

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180 · February 03, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Specific things will hit you during pregnancy. And they may change day to day. Eggs would make my wife ill one day, she'd be fine with them the next. Other things never stopped being a trigger... Like the smell of cedar.

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286 · September 25, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Follow up: It seems I am just allergic to the yolks. Had an egg white omelette and no throwing up where as my egg yolk omelette a few weeks ago was almost immediate, violent vomiting. Still haven't experimented with duck eggs yet but thanks for all the suggestions!

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813 · August 05, 2011 at 5:23 AM

Developing a sensitivity to eggs after chronic exposure is rather common. People get into a habit of eating lots of eggs, or even just one every day for a long period of time. The best suggestion I've seen as to why is that egg whites contain the enzyme Lysozyme which attacks Gram positive cells. This causes grief for the gut and eventually you become sensitive. The sensitivity generally seems to be long lasting, even permanent.

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20 · July 20, 2011 at 5:21 AM

I've had the same situation happen to me. I've been eating a low carb, high protein diet the past 6 months and loss about 50lbs. And i've noticed that about 2 months ago, that whenever I eat eggs I feel like throwing up. I've gotten the feeling with both standard, factory farm eggs and organic, pasture raised eggs. I've tried both scrambled cooked through and sunny side up. I've tried to eat them with and without bread/tortillas/etc. I'd say about 3 out of 4 times i'll feel like vomiting.

I can't figure out what it is! I've eaten eggs all my life with no problems. I wonder if this is a side effect of the new diet and weight loss.... =(

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286 · July 22, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I know..that's what has me concerned too. Since I haven't had any eggs I have felt just fine. Dont know when I am going to do the test again although maybe I'll just take a hint and stop eating them all together

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748 · February 03, 2013 at 3:16 AM

I experimented and found out I was just allergic to the egg WHITES (nausea, close to vomiting, gagging, etc) but I found out that I can make omelettes out of egg YOLKS using the "water bottle trick" but 9 out of 10 times I find that sounds too difficult so I stay away from them for the most part and I'm doing just fine. Another weird thing, i can eat them whole if it's an INGREDIENT in something, but NOT on their own.

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2052 · July 14, 2011 at 10:36 PM

I actually had a weird reaction of my own to eggs... I had been eating them for months as a staple, then out of nowhere I started breaking out in rashes whenever I ate them. Didn't eat them for 1 month, then tried them again, and no rash. Maybe just take a break from them for a while and hope it resolves itself? I'm sure someone on here will have some sort of explanation for why it might be happening...

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10 · October 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM

I started experiencing the same sick feelings after eating eggs when I was 25. I'm 32. I stopped eating eggs for a long time because I thought there was something wrong with how I liked them prepared, sunny side up. But then I tried scrambled but still got sick. I though it was weird I could eat things made with eggs but just not eggs alone. One day I got curious again and tried an egg. Did not get sick. I then had an Epiphany I never payed attention to the dates on the Carton and usually took them out the carton and they would be in the refrigerator. Long story short make sure the eggs are fresh or not expired.

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70 · March 14, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Don't know if this will help at all... However, after my gastric bypass (Oct 2009), I couldn't eat egg... even though I loved eating prior to the surgery. As soon as I get a spoonful, its out in an instant with anything else that might have been in my stomach. I tried several times with different styles of egg... but same reaction.

I think this is because I hadn't eaten anything in 3 weeks after my surgery and the first thing I did try and eat was egg... which the body then rejected!

I began paleo a few days ago, and knew that high protein in the morning was a must, and I had to get my body eating eggs again. So, I tried a couple of weeks ago with egg... and I vomited, did it the next day and vomited, did it the day after and didn't vomit, but felt unsettled.

Now, I am absolutely fine with it!

I think it is more psychological then anything else.

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10 · March 14, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Hi, I am 29, eaten eggs forever and now, after going low carb for about 4 weeks, eggactly the same thing has happened to me. Feel sick and nausea right up in my stomach (not intestines) whenever I have eggs.

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197 · October 24, 2012 at 3:01 AM

great eggample! thanks for sharing!

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8239 · February 03, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Though I didn't know I have a policy on this matter, reading your question persuaded me that I do, in fact, have such a policy: Any food that makes me feel like puking, is by definition removed from my diet. The impulse to vomit when I eat a given food, does not lead me to think, "Gee, how might I get used to eating this food the very thought of which makes me nauseous."

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10 · February 03, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I'm sorry people are sick but, glad its not just me. I just started a diet 2 wks ago and noticed I started feeling sick in the morning. I flew and bought a pregnancy test and "thank God" it was negative. So, this morning I made an egg white omelet and within 5 minutes was in the bathroom vomiting. I have eaten eggs my whole life (I'm 31) and have always loved them but, I have never had egg whites only. Something with that isn't sitting well with me.

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279 · July 19, 2011 at 5:21 AM

I was allergic to eggs as a kid. How about liver instead? I'm not allergic any more but that's what I do anyway.

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30 · July 15, 2011 at 12:06 AM

I believe that reactions to once tolorated foods can suddenly pop up. Last summer I was able to eat canned tomatoes, jarred spaghetti sauce and vinegar without any trouble. But now, no way!

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1173 · July 14, 2011 at 10:53 PM

you tried eliminating everything but the thing you suspect makes you sick... have you tried cutting out the eggs?

My son is allergic to eggs. I don't even have them in the house.

Eggs don't make you paleo. Just a thought.

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286 · July 15, 2011 at 2:00 AM

I did cut eggs for three days. No stomach ache. I know but I'm kinda of tired of eliminating things especially a staple. That's all.

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30 · July 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I had a weird thing with eggs in the beginning too, so I stopped eating them. Later on, when I read the benefits of eggs, I started muching them again and nothing (bad) happened. Maybe it is a transitional thing? I got sick of seeing fat in general as well, but then again I was on keto at that time, and adding vegetables and some fruits helped a whole lot.

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0 · July 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I've eaten 6 eggs a day for over a year. I've eaten them on weekends my whole life. Lately, I seem to get sick about once every 3 weeks. Usually it's diarrhea but I vomited twice. It's always about 45 min after eating. I love eggs as they are cheep food with great macro-nutrients of protein and fat. Because this usually does not happen, as I said it happens about once every 3 weeks, I have not been sure of the cause. The other 20 nearly identical breakfasts go down fine. Then there is this: One time it happened when I ate no eggs at all but did have some bacon. I tried switching brands of eggs and yesterday was my first bad episode with the new brand. I completely emptied both my upper and lower GI system in 45 minutes at work. Was it the eggs or the sausage? Was it the bacon that one time? I eat pork all the time and not just for breakfast. It's breakfast time now and I don't know what to eat, so I'm procrastinating food prep. I have several dozen eggs in the fridge. Maybe I should try giving them up and see if it is them. I'd hate to waste all that food though. Also, I guess I'll have to eat dinner food 3 times a day.

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0 · May 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I might add: I have the same reaction to eating eggs. Then I got a flu shot (made from eggs) and was seriously ill for 3 weeks. No more flu shots for me and strangely, I have not had the flu since.

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0 · February 03, 2013 at 2:50 AM

This is the best answer I've seen here. If you react this way to eggs there is also a high probability you are suffering from mold toxicity. Many people suffer from this till the day they die and never know because MD's almost never test for mold toxicity.

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197 · October 24, 2012 at 2:57 AM

I quote paleodietlifestyle.com on egg whites...

"Unlike most animals, eggs can’t defend themselves by bitting or escaping and have to rely on some of the same mechanisms that plants, grains and seeds use to survive. The white is solely responsible for this part while the yolk is busy becoming a full-fledged animal. 13 of the 14 proteins found in the white have anti-microbial properties. This usually deters microbes and viruses, but can also affect us, especially when consumed in high quantity or when our gut health is already compromised."

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/an-egg-yolk-a-day-keeps-the-doctor-away/

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