Yup... Most spices are starchy and I don't respond well to them. That includes cracked pepper. I especially react badly to cinnamon. Fresh garlic I'm good with, but I avoid garlic powder.
Herbs are fair game. Rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, basil, etc. tend to be safe. Fresh herbs are amazing for cooking.
"But I also have to say, for the umpty-umpth time, that life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all." -- from William Goldman's _Princess Bride_