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Dairy woes- TMI!

Discussion in 'disABILITIES Community Board' started by Sparkly, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Sparkly

    Sparkly Starlight, starbright...

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    Recently it seems whenever I eat excessive amounts of dairy (like cheesy dishes or chocolate or milk) I get mild diarrhea and gas that's incredibly..let's say not pleasant.

    Today I ate a chocolate bar, treated myself to a cheeseburger and then ate mac & cheese for dinner and later spent a hour and a half in the bathroom. It doesn't help that I also have IBS though. But sometimes it's random amounts that sets it off.

    Could I possibly be mildly intolerant to dairy?
     
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  3. Celidh

    Celidh DIS Veteran

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    I am lactose intolerant and those are my symptoms. I still eat milk products but am aware of how much I eat and what I will be doing within a few hours of my meal. There is no way I am giving up pizza! LOL

    Milk products affect me more on an empty stomach. Cereal for breakfast with milk in it and nothing else in my stomach will bother me more than say a cheese product on a casserole with my supper for example. Even if it may be a similar amount of milk, it doesn't seem so bad with other foods in my stomach to aid in the digestion.

    It could also be something up with your IBS. Stress also does a number on me, sometimes almost immediately after something happens or if someone upsets me.
     
  4. Strawberry's mom&dad

    Strawberry's mom&dad DIS Veteran

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    I gave up all dairy. After 5 days of no dairy I felt like a new person. That was over 3 years ago. No more IBS, cramping, bloating, gas, acne, also lost 20 pounds:goodvibes
    Good luck to you
     
  5. disfan07

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    It sounds like my lactose intolerance.

    I have had lactose intolerance my entire life. I can go months with no symptoms nd then have weeks where I cannot eat dairy at all. Lately, I only eat straight dairy ( not baked into anything)maybe once a week...and it's only a little bit)

    I have cut out yogurt, ice cream, milk, etc and it has helped a little bit. But some days I'm fine and some days I'm not.

    I don't have IBS but I do have some undignosed stomach problems. I also have about a dozen food allergies so we are really careful

    I have no problems if the dairy is cooked (cookies, cakes, breads, etc) so that's good. But my doctors do not want me to eliminate dairy entirely because we have not be able to find a safe rice or soy milk alternative ( the majority are cross contaminated with almond and/or coconut milk) and i am so limited on what i cam as it is, so as long as I am not allergic to it (which I'm not) I eat it. I just limit the amount I eat.
     
  6. Tinker'n'Fun

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    Just remember as we get older our bodies have a harder time processing lactose. I would do as stated above.

    One thing that saved us when my daughter was little was drops you placed into regular milk. I have been looking for them lately and can't find them. Does anyone know if they have been pulled? You put them in and 24 hours later the milk was safe.
     
  7. rewardsinlife

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    Yep sounds like you might be becoming lactose intolerant. Many people start to get this later in their life.:upsidedow

    Example: I used to drink close to 3 glasses of milk a day along with cheese and other dairy everyday as a kid. Once I got into college I started to eat less of it, as milk doesn't stay very long and I was on a budget. One day drank a huge glass of milk, and soon thereafter regretted it for the next 2 hrs. Cut out dairy completely for a year and was better, but also was lacking vital nutrients. So dr. Said to start slowly introducing it into my diet. 5 years or so later, I am still intolerant but am able to do okay with butter on toast in the morning, chocolate..as long as I keep a check on how much I am eating, and can pretty much eat it if it is baked into goods like another poster said with cake and cookies. Can't do ice cream , most cheeses, or milk at all. :confused3

    Also how stressed you are depends on how much you can tolerate. If I have a meeting in the morning..steer clear from dairy about 24 hrs. Beforehand. Make sure to also take a vitamin to help calcium levels. :thumbsup2
     
  8. Sparkly

    Sparkly Starlight, starbright...

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    I don't want to go completely dairy free- I can still eat a little and I don't want to miss out on ice cream (especially Mickey ice cream bars!) on holiday.
     
  9. clanmcculloch

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    Well, you could try Lactaid pills to see if they help. They're good for people who aren't severely lactose intollerant. If you're still able to handle good quality yogurts and aged cheeses then they should help you to be able to eat regular diary in moderation.
     
  10. Sadie22

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    DS as a teen had problems. Finally a doctor said maybe he's lactose intolerant and to try two weeks without dairy. He made it one week and said that's it. He can have milk on cereal and eat a little cheese and all the yogurt he wants, but he's cut out milk by the glass and ice cream. He will only eat one slice of pizza at a sitting, and the kind we have doesn't have much cheese.

    Chocolate, cheeseburger, and mac and cheese on the same day is a lot of fat. It could be the fat that disagreed with you as well as the dairy.
     
  11. Sparkly

    Sparkly Starlight, starbright...

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    Yeah, all those fatty foods probably didn't help either.

    I'm 18 BTW, so not even a older person. I've been drinking milk and eating cheese all my life but suddenly I react to too much of it. I have been a little stressed with trying to get a job but not major- I've been in worse stress and haven't had so many problems.

    I'll try lactaid to see if it works on holiday. At home it's easier to make sure I don't eat too much.
     
  12. Sadie22

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    DS was diagnosed (or diagnosed himself) lactose intolerant at about Age 17. He tried the Lactaid pills and Lactaid milk but decided that in the long term he would rather not use those. He exercises portion control now.

    Good luck!
     
  13. WheeledTraveler

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    I know someone who developed lactose intolerance as a teenager (I think late-teens, so around when she was 18, but I didn't meet her until she was in her 20s so I'm not sure exactly when), so it's not unheard of to develop then. To be honest, I think it's something that people develop at all sorts of different ages. She mostly avoids dairy, but takes Lactaid if she wants to have some and it works for her, although, sometimes she needs to take more than a "normal" dose.
     
  14. clanmcculloch

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    What basically happens when somebody develops lactose intollerance is that their body is in some way working harder than it was designed in order to maintain its status quo. That energy to do so has to come from somewhere. One of the very first things the body does is cut back on the production of lactase in order to give extra energy elsewhere. This has nothing to do with age, though it is more likely to happen at some point as a person ages. It can happen in young children if there is some reason that the body is struggling. It can also be temporary if the underlying issue that the body is struggling with gets resolved. Some people find that they develop lactose intollerance during a bad illness but that after they've recovered that they can go back to consuming dairy.
     

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