Dairy Products & IBS

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kiml
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 11/18/2005 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I have been dealing with this round of IBS since September. I have a pressure, bloating on the upper right side. All the tests were normal. I love dairy products & eat ice cream or yogurt about every 3-4 days. Though now I am noticing constipation,bloat on the right side is terrible after eating the ice cream. I used to be fine after eating the dairy, but not now. I also take a lactulose & have noticed when eating the dairy, I have to take more. Obviously I should avoid it for a while to see if my symptoms dissappear. Has anyone experienced this? Also, has anyone tried soy yogurt for an alternative. I have a sweet tooth after dinner. Has anyone tried any good alternatives to dairy that would be easier on my digestion & not be so constipating? Thanks, Kim L.

Keriamon
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 11/18/2005 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
That's interesting that milk makes you constipated. I was under the impression that people who are lactrose intolerant have bad diarrhea when they consume dairy. Maybe it's not the lactose causing you problems (thus why the pills aren't working). I might suggest fat, but fat actually helps constipation--too little fat makes you constipated. You don't switch fat levels in your milk do you (going from skim to 2% or full fat yogurt to no-fat yogurt and back and forth)?

Pb4 and I have been having a discussion (that has gone off track now, I think) about sugar and its effects. There are some doctors who think that high sugar consumption leads to cramping, bloating and bouts of diarrhea. It is known that the more sugar (and sugar substitutes) that you eat, the more sugar you will crave. I'm afraid it's not an answer to the milk question, but if your sweet tooth is driving you crazy, maybe try giving it less sugar. I've been weaning myself off of sugar for a couple of months now and I really have quit craving it. Sure, I could eat it if I had it (interestingly enough, all mammals save cats--which had no sweet receptors--will eat something sweet even if they're not hungry), but I don't crave it, so I've quit buying it. I'm working now on ridding myself of all food products with added sugar in them (like salad dressing!).

kiml
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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 11/18/2005 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Overall my diet is very healthy. I usually eat the lowfat yogurts & lowfat ice cream. I guess when you get a little older(38), Your body does not process things as well as when you were 28. I d not eat sugar every day. I just wish I could figure what is causing my symptoms of IBS. I am just frustrated cause I have not felt normal since August. Dairy products are very bloating & binding for some people. Do you know of any natural remedies for gas & bloating?? Or any secrets to an ibs diet?
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