IBS/lactose intolerant

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gymrat22
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   Posted 5/29/2006 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Untill I have my Dr's appoint. Im still starting to wonder if i actually have IBS or im just lactose intolerant. Because the more I read about IBS,unless I just dont suffer form it as bad as others Im not sure if I have it or not. I mean I can eat meats,drink alcohol,and eat veggies and stuff and what usually happens is that I will need to go to the bathroom probably soon after I eat and then usually I am ok for a while.never have any pain or anything just when I need to go I need to find someplace to go right then. There are times when I go like once an hour or so but usually during mid day I am fine. Mornings are usually the worse for me but seems like as soon as I go a few times im ok. Now if I eat ice cream or something like that then I suffer..like im going time after time it seems.The only thing that is confusing me is that it does seem like anxiety brings it on for me..like if I worry about a place to go or something I will need to go. But for sure I have been suffering from soft stools..I dont even know if I should say stools because its more like pieces when I go. It has gotten better though since I have been taking metamucial 2x's per day and calcium 3 x's per day but seems like all of my BM's arent better just normally the 1st one in the morning and then if I go later in the day its so so....but if I go twice as soon as I wake up the 1st one is good and then they are back to the old way.Any suggestions at all on my problem....Does it sound like IBS-D or could it just be lactose intolerant.  Thanks in advance!

blondie15
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   Posted 5/29/2006 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Ahh I have the same problem as you! I have diarrhea after eating milk or ice cream, or certain other things, but I mostly can eat whatever I want. My GI doc said I could be slightly lactose intolerant, (because I can eat things like cheese and yogurt, which have very small concentrations of lactose), or I could be allergic to the protein casein in milk. Whatever it is, it makes me have immediate diarrhea. I too have a urgent bowel movement after eating, and its weird pieces! I do have pain however. For you, I would suggest taking the Digestive Advantage for Lactose Intolerance, or even the Irritable Bowel Syndrome kind. I take it and it has helped me so much. It hasnt cured me, but has helped ALOT! If you are taking probiotics thats always good but wont really help if you have problems digesting dairy. I'm strugglin along here with ya!

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/29/2006 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, it does sound like you have developed a reaction to dairy but it is not necessairly the lactic acid. My Gastro Dr. explained that sometimes our stomach as missing other things that digest dairy not just the lactic acid. I was taken off all dairy and you would be surprised how much that really is when you think of cream soups, cheese sauces, etc. but it has made a huge difference in the bloating, gas and in my case nausea. I also took IBD Digestive Advantage and carry the lactic acid pills because sometimes it is almost impossible to avoid so it helps some. I also passed this on to a couple friends and they have been helped immensely by eliminating dairy. For cold cereal which  I like I use either Almond Breeze, rice milk or soy mild but I like the Almond milk the best. Also you can keep it on the shelf till it is opened so I always have some on hand. It can be used in cooking but it is more like skim milk. Try a week without ANY dairy and see how you feel. it is an easy, painless test.

pb4
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   Posted 5/30/2006 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I have crohns, suspected IBS and am lactose intolerant...they can test you for lactose intolernace, they tested me and sure enough I am..I take Lactaid pills for it now and it works, they say taking certain probiotics can also aid with lactose intolerance.

Rene'
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   Posted 5/31/2006 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I have IBS with D and am lactose intolerant. I have to same problems as you. For some strange reason there are days when I can eat all of the dairy I want and there are days when the moment I swallow any type of dairy I am off and running to the bathroom.

In fact I have been having a major flare for about two weeks now. I really have no ideal why. With me I have lots of pain. Sometimes my pain is so bad I end up in the ER. In fact once after an attack I had ended up in the ER and I had some X-rays done can't remember what it was called anyway it showed my intestines were inflamed. Boy let me tell you that was some awful pain.

I have never had children but that is what I compared that pain too. When I peed it felt like my intestines were being twisted.

I hope you can find some relief very soon.

Hugs,
Rene'

pb4
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   Posted 5/31/2006 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Rene, I've never known being lactose intolerant to cause inflammation in the intestines, and I know there isn't any inflammation involved with IBS, perhaps there's some IBD (Inlfammatory Bowel Disease) either crohns or ulcertive colitis going on??

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/31/2006 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Can an actual food allergy (as opposed to simple lactose intolerance) cause inflammation?

pb4
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   Posted 5/31/2006 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Not that I know of, hmmm, I'm gonna have to see about checking into that.

:)

pb4
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   Posted 5/31/2006 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Rene'
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   Posted 6/1/2006 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
pb4,

I have never been dx with crohns or uc but that is something for me to look into. Thanks for sharing the information.

Hugs,

Rene'

pb4
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   Posted 6/1/2006 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my....I hope you do check into it further, so many times peeps go un-DX and when you have on-going tummy troubles it's important to make sure you know what you're dealing with.

My sister just recently got DX with IBS, only by symptoms she described to her doc, he didn't test her or send her to a specialist or anything...I told her with IBD running in our family (my mom has UC and I have CD) she shouldn't take any chances, especially since mom was 65 when she became sick and DX, which is usually rare to get IBD at that late of an age, but obviously anything's possible. She started feeling worse with her symptoms so she had her doc send her to a specialist for a colonoscopy and thankfully she tested negative for IBD and was confirmed with IBS. She manages to be able to now control her IBS a little better with diet, she finds she has to have oatmeal everyday or she's all bunged up.

take care

Keriamon
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   Posted 6/1/2006 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
On one of my e-mail groups, someone mentioned that her chin and around her mouth breaks out when she eats any dairy--she has some sort of allergic reaction to it. If you notice that you are having a lot of acne/rashes around your mouth, you might want to see if some of your food is doing it or go to an allergist; if it does that to your face, imagine what's it's probably doing to your guts.
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