Hi, I am a brand new member and this is my first post. I have had problems for about 20 years and I have had colonoscopies which showed nothing but maybe a slight tendency toward colitis. I have seen my regular MD plus a gastro specialist and never did they suggest a dairy intolerance which I finally was told by a nutritionist MD (alternative) might be the problem. OK she was right and I no longer buy any dairy products but I have found that coconut cream is a wonderful substitute and is very tasty. However I am a heavy user of supplements and now I find that I possibly can't handle them. I do try to eat a very healthy diet and am a heavy user of vegetables plus a little protein using chicken thighs or fish especially salmon. I buy very healthy whole wheat bread frequently sprouted wheat. This hasn't bothered me in the past so I don't think that I have the wheat allergy. I don't want to give up the supplements but it is very difficult to decide which are causing the problem if any. I had a problem a few days ago with an abnoxious neighbor cat threatening one of mine and in trying to grab my kitty I fell and bruised my tail bone, not seriously as I can walk with pain but it doesn't hurt when I sit or lie down. I'm wondering if the accident and the discomfort would be enough to set me off again as the innards, (bowels) have been loose since then. I really don't want to go to a low fiber diet and I don't want to give up my supplements though I have tried to check out which might be not suitable.
I found this site in my search for online information, I will NOT go back to allopathic doctors as they never diagnosed my dairy allergy in all the years I had problems with it. I am 81 and in relatively good health otherwise, yes I lost 30 lbs (25% of my weight) since my husband died almost 3 years ago as he did most of the cooking so I probably don't eat enough, I'm never hungry and I only eat because I know I'll get really sick if I don't.
I didn't know how to post this as a message to the whole group and I hope it gets read by any one that might be able to offer some suggestions.
Thank you so much for the prompt reply, you are absolutely right and I have been told that I have no patience. That's what I have to do. I like the idea of just dropping one at a time for a week, that's better than dropping them all and checking out each one it would take too long. I've identified the ones that I know are risky. I'm beginning to think that my emotions were very much involved because I was so mad at that cat thinking he had put me back into a hospital which is the last place in the world I want to be. Now that injury seems to be getting better and I have cooled down I hope that the innards will also settle. I think if I eat as I normally would just not try anything new I have some hemp milk I just bought but I'll wait a couple of days before I try it. It's expensive so I hope I don't like it much (hehe). I do like the coconot cream and I can find it at the 99 cent store so I'd rather stay with that.
Reading about the terrible problems that some of you have I should be so thankful that really what I have to deal with is relatively minor.