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lactose intolerance?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 14, 2007
  • 05:21 PM

i am wondering if I have this...I have frequently extreme intestinal gas, some gas cramping and bloating and although my bowel movements are regular, lately I have been having mainly small, hard stools. No other symptoms other than occasional mild heartburn and I've had a normal abdominal ultrasound and negative celiac test. I've been keeping a food diary and milk and butter seem to be be the only possible triggers. However, I don't seem to have as much of a problem with yoghurt. I find the symptoms improve greatly after a few days if I eliminate all dairy except for yoghurt. Is it common to be sensitive to some dairy products, but not others? Also, I'm in my early 40's...why would this issue be coming up so late in life? What is the appropriate lab test for lactose intolerance and how accurate is it? Thanks for any and all advice.

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  • I'm no Dr. but we are ALL allergic to milk. The reason why yogurt doesn't bother you is because it has a live bacteria called "acidophilis". We all need live bacteria in our bodies. As for your heartburn you should try some papaya, and for your vomiting and nausea try some ginger. Oh an about the lactose, we are the only mammal that still "thinks" we should consume milk after infancy. Try googling up natural healing. Blessed Be, veg
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  • It is my understanding that as we age we slowly make less and less lactase; the enzyme responsible for digesting lactose in milk. It is quite common for people to develop lactose intolerance as adults. Yoghurt has less lactose than other dairy products, its also a good source of probiotics which help to eat up any "bad bugs" in your gut. Many people who can not tolerate milk can use moderate amounts of well aged cheese (parmesan, sharp cheddar) because the aging process destroys the lactose. There is a breath test for lactose intolerance, but IME doctors prefer the "trial and error" method. Symptoms trumb test results every time.
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