lactose intolerance post op and not preop?

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dragonfly137927
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   Posted Today 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
It has come to make me wonder if after my intestin resections if I now have become lactose intolerant where as I was tested as not being so back in 1987 when first Diagnosed.  I made Lasagna the other night and it has made me gassy and caused severe pain.  I get like that pretty much on a nightly basis tho and I tend to eat lots of cheese.  I try to eat the harder cheeses though.  When I brought this up to my GI that I was seeing when I was still in RI he said well try to cut out the dairy see what happens.  I still noted pain in the evening most of all. 
 
Recently I have had more smaller frequent BMs as well and other days I will have just 1 big one (all D though since my surgeries)  I hate being hungry but being afraid to eat my butt feels all tore up between the acids etc with all the D.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 12/9/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I became semi lactose intolerant after my surgeries. I am able to eat motzarella cheese no problem, and a little ice cream. Milk still upsets the apple cart though.

I think your D is caused by the Augmentin you took. As I told you in another post, this med caused me to have horrible D until a few days after I got off it.
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

lamb61
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   Posted 12/9/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I also became lactose intollerant after my first surgery 27 years ago. I use a lactase enzyme supplement when eating dairy --works very well.

L.
 


ski bum
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   Posted 12/9/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I was lactose intolerant before my resection, but could eat anything (except regular ice cream) as long as I took a lactaid pill or two. After surgery, the lactaid pills didn't seem to be as effective and dairy bothers me more. I don't think that the surgery should make the lactose intolerance worse - it could just be coincidental. Also, after the surgery, I could no longer tolerate eggs at all, which I think is even weirder, or another coincidence.
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08. Back on Pentasa as maintenance.


pb4
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   Posted 12/9/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Regardelss of the surgery, you may have become lactose intolerant anyways...quite a high population of the world is....taking a good probiotic (primadophilus rueteri is one for sure) can aid with lactose issues, of course it has to be taken daily and indefinitely, it worked for me. You can also build the enzyme up to get rid of lactose intolerance (but I don't know if that keeps it away indefinitely) by avoiding ALL lactose (which is in things you'd never imagine, so lots of lable reading is required) for 6 months, then slowly add a little at a time back into your system...the probiotics work faster than that method though.

:)

Nanners
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   Posted 12/9/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Well PB4 I now take Primadolphilus Reuteri daily and I still cannot tolerate milk. It gives me cramps and d. I can still eat the motzarella cheese and ice cream, but I could do that before I started this probiotic. Lactaid doesn't agree with me either.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

pb4
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   Posted 12/9/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
That's odd Nanners, the primadophilus is known to aid with lactose issues, maybe you have a casein allergy, similar symptoms as lactose intolerance, but instead you're allergic to the casein in dairy? Especially if you have issues with the lactaid products (milk and such).

:)

crohnielass
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   Posted 12/9/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi i think im semi too i can eat cheese, and small amounts of yogurt but can't tolerate milk at all. I was telling my mum about the milk thing a few months ago and she said when i was a baby and was weaned on to cows milk i would bolt it straight back like an alien!!!! it must stem from there then!!!!Bev x smilewinkgrin
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal 1st week of Jan. Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid,  citalopram 60mg (for Anxiety.)


pb4
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   Posted 12/9/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Usually hard cheeses (orange like chaddar) is less likely to bother a mild to moderate lactose intolerant person compared to softer white cheeses...yogurt naturally has the lactose broken down in it so that would also explain why you can tolerate yogurt easily compared to cows milk that isn't Lactaid milk.

I was also lactose intolerant when my mom weened me onto cows milk at 1 yr old, then she tried it on me again at the age of 3 and I was fine with it until my mid 30's...now I take a good probiotic that aids with lactose intolerant issues and I'm fine in that regard now.

:)

Blossom
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   Posted 12/9/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
idea Hey dragonfly,
 
Do you think it could possibly be the high fat content in the cheese, rather than it being the lactose or dairy itself that's bothering you?  I offer that suggestion because after having my resection, I also had problems with gas, diarrhea etc.  At first I was terrified that I might have become lactose intolerant post-surgery!!---and I NEVER had problems with anything dairy prior to my surgery.  After doing some experimentation (LOTS of it), I finally realized that if I eat too much of something that has a fairly high fat content, then I get the gas, burning diarrhea etc.  I don't give up those foods, I just eat a smaller quantity of them which seems to do the trick for me.


54 year old female;
 
Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for 10 years.   Small bowel resection (my first) on 7-30-09.  Monthly B12 shots.
 
On Humira since Dec. 2008.  Allergic/hypersensitivity to Pentasa, Entocort, and 6-MP.  

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