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Saturday, June 21, 2008

So, I went to the gastro doc yesterday. And I am "Officially" Lactose Intolerant... DUH! I have been telling him that for atleast 3 years! He is a wonderful doc but, sometimes he just doesn't listen and he has two strikes against him being male and a doctor. I love him but, Geesh, this one he dropped the ball on. Although, I was smart enough to drink Lactaid all these years anyway.

Simply stated, Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme, lactase, that is needed to digest lactose (milk sugar). Because it cannot be digested the lactose stays in the intestine and ferments - causing intestinal discomfort, including abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea.

All I had to do to be diagnosed was take a Hydrogen breath test. I had to drink 8 oz. of whole milk (Yikes), then 30 minutes later, I breathed into a tube that measured hydrogen from undigested lactose. Large amounts of exhaled hydrogen indicates that you aren't fully digesting lactose and that you're intolerant.

So, He wants me to cut out ALL dairy for 2 weeks to see if my symptoms improve. Yikes! I Love cheese! Oh Well. I have done it before. Recently, I have become obsessed with 1% Cottage Cheese, I don't know what the heck I am gonna do without it now.

Lactose Intolerance is extremely common. So, if you experiencing any of those symptoms, ask your doc to test you for Lactose Intolerance. Your colon will thank you!

This concludes another Public Service Announcement from Gab.

Oh and my insurance company approved the camera colonoscopy so, I am gonna do that next week. My digestive track is gonna be on film! I want a copy to Youtube it??!!

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    It seems to be a fairly common thing to advise switching to Goats milk/ cheese etc and to also try soya milk if you have a problem with cows milk. Apparently humans were never designed to cope with cows milk but some of us are better at it than others. Never mind I'm sure you will cope with it, and now it has a name it isn't such a big monster anymore.
    4742 days ago
  • LADYANWYN on YouTube?! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Yes. 'Dog Milk'.

    4743 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/24/2008 4:17:14 AM
    Try tofu smoothies and whatnot.

    When my kids were younger I used to put tofu in a food processor with frozen berries (usually mixed) and a bit of sugar or honey. Sugar works better because the honey tends to freeze up a bit. The mixture is nice as a custard,,,or perhaps as an ice cream. You might try putting it in the freezer and try it that way - or if you have an ice cream maker you could do it that way. It's worked for me. My kids loved the custard very much. I still make it sometimes. I wonder though if you can't do the milk whether or not you could do the tofu. I'll be interested to hear if it works for you.

    I haven't tried it with other milks. If you do, please let me know that too! Also, let me know if you try the smoothies and with which milk(s). Please send me a sparkmail or post on my sparkpage.

    Best of everything.
    4743 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/24/2008 4:18:43 AM
    Well, one more thing diagnosed means one more thing you can work to control. You poor thing with your crazy digestive tract. I hope you're feeling well today!
    4743 days ago
    Well, Gabs - I guess it is good to be armed with the information, right? I am also lactose intolerant, but I have found there are some things I can tolerate just fine. Nonfat yogurt (plain), cottage cheese, and goat cheeses (feta, chevre) are all fine for me. I also drink Lactaid (with calcium added), and love it. It sounds like it might be good to lay off everything for a couple of weeks, so when you add them back one at a time you will be able to see what actually bothers you. It's like a big science experiment, right? Hang in there!
    4744 days ago
    On the cottage cheese front, doesn't Lactaid (or some other company) make a cottage cheese for Lactose intolerance? I know I saw it once in gf has LIT and so it stuck out to me.....I would die if I didn't have cottage cheese, so I understand your obsession...........Good luck and hope you can add it back in at some point.....I think I'm semi lactose intolerant and I'm cautious on which cheeses I eat and rarely, if ever drink milk unless it's mixed with water in one of my protein shakes......I did the lactaid milk and lactaid pills on and off for a few years.

    Good luck with you colon photoshoot...that would be sick cool to see....yeah, I'm twisted emoticon
    4744 days ago
    At least it's not milk protein intolerance...? *shrugs* I have tendencies toward lactose intolerance, so every once in a while I need to lay off the dairy to clean out my system. It's not easy, but I learned a long time ago to live it - and how to live with it with more ease and simplicity.

    My children have it too - from both sides of their parentage. Fortunately, I found soy milk. Too late for my preference, but at least I found it! I also found rice milk. There are some companies (well, okay - one) that make good-tasting rice milks. Soy and rice milks come in different flavours like original, vanilla, and chocolate. EdenSoy and Rice Dream are very good in my opinion. Rice milk has no fat; soy milk has a lot of fat. Soy milk also has much more protein than rice milk. There's also almond milk. It's much more expensive, but it tastes simply delicous. You can also make your own milks. I also shop at a grocery that gives discounted prices on cases of milk.

    At the time, there was only one good-tasting cheese which was called Soy-Kaas Mozzarella. is so yummy! There are so many more yummy cheeses nowadays that are not dairy. I found the Soy-Kaas through a friend who bought it through a co-op. I later found a co-op distribution point near where I lived at the time. Since then, the company went out of business, but I'll bet if I googled it I'd find it again somewhere (the cheese).

    Since you mentioned Lactaid, I remember feeding it to my son. He used to call it 'dog milk' because the cow looked like a dog to him. Ever since then, I couldn't bear to even look at the carton! Ick! Anyway, having it in my refrigerator was very short-lived because I'd found the soy milk. Now my children won't go near the stuff...oh, well. I did my best.

    Best of luck.
    4744 days ago
  • HUGS2015
    Look at the health food store and see what kind of cheese substitutes they have. I have a friend who is lactose intolerant and she gets substitute products from the health store that she likes. Maybe you will find some that works for you. What a bummer! I would cry and cry if I had to give up milk products. emoticon
    4745 days ago
    Well we know more diagnosis is necessary. More bad news but the constant? It is Gabs helping everyone else after she learns something new. Thanks sweetie. I pray for you every day. You deserve a break for sure.
    4745 days ago
    Gab, I am so sorry to hear about the Lactose Intolerance, especially with your new addiction to cottage cheese!
    I can't tolerate much milk either, but I LOVE cottage cheese with fresh, ripe tomatoes!! Or with fruit!! I have been having at least one serving of cottage cheese daily----oh, Lord, I hope nobody tells me to avoid all dairy! What on earth would I do????
    Let me know how this goes for you!
    Hugs, Leslie
    4745 days ago
    It's so frustrating when doctors don't hear what you're saying. I'm glad you were able to get an official diagnosis, but sad that it took so long for it to happen.

    I think with the awareness of lactose intolerance there are a lot of products out there now that you can enjoy.

    I for one would LOVE to view your digestive tract on YouTube!
    4745 days ago
    i believe there is lactose free cheese for you ... i know MY swiss cheese i put on my lunch sandwiches is lactose free. not that i looked for it, i just buy is because it's organic and yummy. that might be an option for you?
    4745 days ago
    Thanks for the information, my friend! I know it'll be hard to wean yourself off cottage cheese, but I hope staying away from dairy will help ease your symptoms. Good luck with the camera colonoscopy next week. My thoughts and prayers will be with you, my dear. emoticon emoticon
    4745 days ago
  • KYLIEMC8 learn something new every what are the symptoms? Is that the intestinal discomfort, including abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea? I think my mother might be needing one of these tests. Can one become LI later in life? Thanks for sharing..and I'm not sure I wanna see you on YouTube.. emoticon emoticon
    4745 days ago
    If you get raw milk directly from a farm or dairy, you shouldn't have an intolerance problem. It's the pasteurization process that kills the digestive enzyme lactase, which remains present and active in unpasteurized milk.

    My mum has a "bouncing" problem with store-bought milk: she drinks it, it hits bottom and bounces right back up again! But she can drink pure, fresh farm milk by the glassful.

    The website can give you some more information. If you're interested. emoticon
    4745 days ago
    That is a nice way to put it with the doc. I have to admit that I have found that once I drink the milk that I love so much!! I have the problem of excess gas :( this is imbarassing when you have to work after the breakfast shift. I have put myself on the loctose free milk, and even stopped the ice cream. Now I have found the Lactose free Ice cream and it is just like the real thing, but is a great treat for a hot summers day. emoticon
    4745 days ago
    Very Interesting. I will keep this in mind

    4745 days ago
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