Lactose intolerant?

@maezee (33009)
United States
January 14, 2011 10:51am CST
I'm curious to know if any of you suffer from this. I swear I'm not a hypochondriac, but the past few weeks, any kind of milk has been given me bloating, severe abdominal cramps and other lovely side effects... And I'm wondering if this is common for being lactose intolerant or if there is another way I should be looking at it. I haven't changed my diet in anyway except for the milk/dairy part. I know I should see my doctor..But I am too poor for the crazy co-pay we have. LOL. I thought of lactose intolerant, but why on earth would that start NOW? Being 20 years old? I thought that might be something you were born with... Any knowledge or insight would be helpful .
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@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
14 Jan 11
Yes, this really sounds like the symptoms to me. I think you can get that condition whenever, so age has nothing to do with it. Have you tried reading about this condition online? I find that is a great way to get some more clues regarding what it could be. But if you do not find enough information this way, you really need to contact a doctor to sort it out. It really is the only way!
@maezee (33009)
• United States
14 Jan 11
I have tried going to WebMD but I feel like whenever I look at those sites I become a hypochondriac. Or a "cyber-chondriac" as they call them. So I wanted some personal insight. Thanks!
@JayJay45 (157)
• United States
22 Jan 11
Yes, this definately sounds like lactose intolerance. I have the same problem. Try going for a week to 10 days without drinking any milk or eating any dairy products and see if that clears up your problem. If it does, than you are probably lactose intolerant. But don't let that stop you from enjoying milk, ice cream, cheese, etc. There are lots of dairy free products out there to chose from. I love almond milk and ice cream made from coconut milk. Good luck.
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
15 Jan 11
i don't drink milk too.. well, case to case if i will. i've tried liking it since i work at night and they advised me to drink milk before bed. but my tummy would be in trouble hours after and our toilet would be my favorite place from then on. i used to drink cows milk before, the fresh one because we have cows in my parents place and my mother would set aside a pitcher for the kids in the morning. it was good but i kind of remove it from my system when i went to high school. i'm a total coffee lover.. nothing beats..
@veganbliss (3901)
• Adelaide, Australia
15 Jan 11
I've been diagnosed as lactose intolerant when I was eight. I was gluten-intolerant at age 16. This can happen at any time. Your body sometimes has to scream "enough is enough"! The human body is not designed to take cows milk. We all evolve in our own time. Your time is now. Every other being is meant to be weaned off the stuff soon after they're born. Get off of all dairy products now. It will save you money as well as pain. You have nothing to lose. Over 400000 pus cells in every pint. Don't believe the lies you're being fed by the dairy industry either about milk being essential for bones & teeth. You only add to their massive profits & torturing cows. The truth is that milk leeches calcium & protein, etc from our bones & teeth. It's not even a whole food, being homogenized, pasteurized & what not, so is it any wonder we can't handle it! No dairy in your diet also strengthens your bladder significantly so you won't feel like going to the toilet so often & urinating more out of you than what's going in. You may also find that after not having dairy for some time, you won't have so much phlegm, sore throats or sinusitis. There are plenty of substitutes like soy milk you can have instead if you feel you "must" have some or for social situations.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
14 Jan 11
You can become lactose intolerant at any time in your life. Sounds like you have the symptoms. I would still make it a point to let the doctor check things out. Have you tried cutting out all dairy for a day or two to see if the symptoms subside?
@Catana (736)
• United States
14 Jan 11
No, you don't have to be born with it, though there are certain populations that are more likely to have lactose intolerance. It's very possible that you are lactose intolerant. My husband was hit with it in his forties or fifties. The easiest way to find out if that's the problem is simple to stop drinking or eating any dairy products for a week or so. If you feel okay and then the symptoms return when you go back to the dairy, you have your diagnosis. You really don't need to see a doctor if the results are clear. It's possible that you can still consume small amounts of dairy, but that's something you'd have to experiment with if you hate giving up everything. As someone mentioned, there's a milk that has the enzyme in it, and I think there's also a form you can take to help you with cheese and ice cream.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
14 Jan 11
This can happen anytime during your life, and it can even go into remission for several years and then come back. I hate it because milk is hidden in many products. however the relief is worth the effort to read even new thing I try. You can buy a product that may help and use lactose free milk, but I have found these don't work for me.
• United States
14 Jan 11
Sounds like the symptoms of being lactose intolerant. My mother and my sister are both lactose intolerant. I might be too but I hardly ever drink milk so I really don't know. Yes, it is something you can develop later in life. My Mom didn't have symptoms of it until she was in her 20s. I would see a doctor if you were really concerned. There's a special milk brand for lactose intolerant people called "Lactaid" so if you still want to drink milk then you might want to see if there's any in your local grocery store.
@petersum (4525)
• United States
14 Jan 11
A lot of people cannot digest milk because they don't have the necessary enzyme found in wheatgerm. Perhaps you just need to eat some more whole grain bread.