Alison Wrigglesworth, 56: UCTD

  • 56-year-old Alison Wrigglesworth had been suffering from an array of symptoms, such as severe fatigue, difficulty swallowing, coughing, choking on food and aches and pains in the legs
  • She also suffers from Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease (UCTD) – an autoimmune condition where the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues
  • The services manager had tried many home remedies but to no avail
  • After hearing of YorkTest through a Facebook group with other people suffering from UCTD along with an article in The Daily Telegraph about YorkTest, Alison decided to take a food intolerance† test to see if it could improve her symptoms
  • The food intolerance† test revealed she was intolerant to cow’s milk, egg white, egg yolk and peanut
  • It took just 2 to 3 days for Alison to notice a difference in her symptoms
  • Alison has now more energy and has not reached for pain relief for her UCTD since she noticed an improvement in her symptoms

56-year-old Alison Wrigglesworth had been suffering from an array of symptoms, such as severe fatigue, difficulty swallowing, coughing, choking on food and aches and pains in the legs.

The services manager suffers from a condition called Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease, also known as UCTD. It’s an autoimmune condition where the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues.

This disease can attack specific parts of the body which results in wide-ranging symptoms and is often diagnosed when it cannot be classified as another type of connective tissue disease, for example lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

“I had to pace my activities and change my working pattern in order to continue working,” Alison says, who has suffered with her symptoms for several years.

As a result, she felt like she was unable to join in on certain social activities and often “cancelled or did not arrange weekends away”.

The 56-year-old had tried to take the condition into her own hands in a bid to alleviate her symptoms. “I have tried many options including home remedies and eating certain products like oily fish”, she explains.

It wasn’t until Alison heard about YorkTest through our social channels that she began to question if a food intolerance† test could shed some insight into her symptoms. She was at a last resort and felt “there were no other options apart from taking steroids all the time or Methotrexate [an immune system suppressant].

“I heard about the testing through a Facebook group with the rare auto-immune condition I am living with. They mentioned the testing and I found an article in The Daily Telegraph about YorkTest,” Alison says.

The Food&DrinkScan Premium programme analyses your IgG reactions to 208 food and drinks – from common ingredients like cow’s milkgluten and egg, to health superfoods like kale and quinoa.

The process, which involves sending a finger-prick blood sample to the company’s laboratories revealed that Alison was intolerant foods, such as: peanut, egg yolk, egg white and cow’s milk.

Within two to three days of Alison’s elimination diet, she began to see improvement through increased energy and has not taken pain relief since starting her elimination diet with YorkTest.

 “It took some thought and researched a lot of information beforehand, but people especially restaurants have been very understanding.

“I feel lighter, with more energy and much happier not having to live with constant pain. I would like more people with my rare autoimmune condition to be able to take the test. How many more people could it help?”

To sum up how she’s feeling, Alison says: “I have my life back. I am able to go out on an evening again and do chores around the house. My rheumatologist and GP are delighted with the results”.

YorkTest define Food Intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction. Our information is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. YorkTest do not claim to treat or cure symptoms and recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a GP before undertaking a YorkTest programme.
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