I remember when I was in my 2nd year of college I went out with a long term ex-boyfriend, his best friend and his girlfriend. (Ironically my ex ended up marrying that girl but that is a different story). We decided to go out for a fancy lobster dinner and even though we were underage, for some reason we were able to order wine and beer with dinner.
Afterward we went to a movie and I was fine until about half way in when I started experiencing the worst stomach ache of my life - I cannot even describe the pain other than it was sudden, it was intense and I felt like I wanted to die.
After the movie I convinced the others to drive me home while I listened to my ex say how I always "ruin everything". (Yes, I am glad I was not the one to marry him!). Of course at the time that made me feel even worse but I also felt so bad I just wanted to get home and head to bed. Once I was dropped off, that is exactly what I did.
The next day I was fine and just chalked it up to a strange experience. I really just thought I caught a touch of something and did not think much more about it. Flash forward 2 years to just after college - I was out having a seafood dinner with a friend, this time crab legs with beer. After a great dinner I experienced very similar symptoms to when I had the reaction after the lobster dinner. Cramping. Feeling sick to my stomach. Feeling like I want to die
I started to piece together that I had both reactions after a seafood dinner but was puzzled because there were other times I had seafood and did NOT have the same reaction. I finally figured out that the difference was when I had the reaction when I ate certain shellfish and had a drink. I could eat shellfish alone (I think) or drink alcohol with other foods and be fine. Only when I paired the two did I have the reaction. What I had was a seafood allergy. But only with beer, wine or liquor.
I found this thread that has accounts for others who experience the same adverse reaction when mixing seafood and alcohol. I was glad to find others that have the same reaction. When I tell people about my allergy they usually give me a strange look so it was a relief to find others with the same allergy. Most reactions were even more severe than mine.
I can eat Shrimp with no problems, even paired with alcohol. My reaction to the lobster and crab was so severe however I am afraid to test it out. I am not sure why I can have shrimp but not lobster or crabs. Now I have inadvertently had a bite of crab dip or a sip of Lobster Bisque with no reaction but that is a very, very small amount. To think about actually sitting and eating lobster tail or a plate full of crab legs puts the fear of god into me.
Ironically my husband found out he was allergic to oysters. I made oyster stew one time and he got sick (no alcohol involved).... He said he must have had a "bad oyster" as he became ill, but no one else did. The "bad oyster" theory was not sitting well with me because it was a stew that all the ingredients had simmered together for a while - basically we ALL ate the same meal.
A couple of years later we were in Seattle and went out for seafood. He had a plate of Oysters. We get home and he was in bed or in the bathroom for 4 days. He will never eat oysters again.
I would be really interested to see if anyone else has the same reaction or something similar. If so please feel free to comment! I would love to hear your story