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Question: Am I lactose intollerant?


 lchip - Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:44 am

I've been reading up a lot on this because lately my symptoms would indicate that I'm lactose intollerant.

One afternoon I ate nothing but a cheese sandwhich and was huddled over hours later with horrible cramping, bad gas, and sharp stomach pains. A week or so later, a milkshake lead to similar problems.

Last night I had a large salad with large amounts of feta and cheddar cheese and an hour later I was plauged with gas, diahreah, and eventulally, lots of vomiting. I've never felt so horrible, and today I feel fine again. Three other people ate the same salad with the same toppings and I was the only one that felt this way.

Does lactose intollerance develop over time? Could it have anything to do with the fact that within the last 6 months I've started taking birth control pills? Is there a way to diagnose this other than with a trip to the doctor?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Fri Jan 28, 2005 8:06 am

User avatar HI lchip,
From the symptoms you decribed it certainly appears that you are lactose intolerent. This can be identified by elimination all milk or milk products from your diet for a short period of time. When these products are re-introduced if the symptoms reappear that would certainly indicate this condition. Acquired lactase deficiency can develop over time. I would not relate this condition with birth control use. If you have this condition, elimination of milk or milk products from your diet is suggested. Be sure to supplement your diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D. The lactase enzyme is also available in tablet or capsule form and may make one tolerate milk or milk products more easily. I hope this information was helpful.
Sincerely,
Rntdj

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