Can lactose intolerance come and go?

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   Posted 11/17/2009 12:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I was wondering if Lactose Intolerance was something that can come and go on a daily basis that can cause IBS type symptoms? If I eat a few things with dairy i'm in total pain all day long. For a long time this problem went away and now it's back.

Also can tricyclic anti depressant drugs like anafranil cause lactose intolerance?

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   Posted 11/17/2009 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I've kind of wondered the same thing. I was allergic as a newborn to milk. Almost died. My mom put me on soy milk (this was back in 1955, when mothers didn't nurse their babies). I "outgrew" this milk allergy by age 3. But from age 3 until now, there have been times when having ice cream made me feel so ill and so incredibly sick. Then at other times if I eat a different brand of ice cream (with less fat) I did fine. Yogurt tends to make me feel ill too - just a nagging unwell, nauseous feeling. Until it goes thru my system and then I'm fine again. Now I take a probiotic, pill form and skip yogurt.

This past year I had a food sensitivity food panel test performed. I test extremely sensitive to dairy. I was just told to avoid it at all costs. Which brought me back to the dx my mother received when I was a newborn.

Once I eliminated dairy from my diet, I began to feel better in general. But when I indulge and enjoy a small amount of ice cream, I sometimes feel sick and then other times, I do okay.

Like you, it seems to come and go.

That said I do know one thing that will put me in bed, sick with cramps - a fried egg. And yet that is not dairy. And also I can enjoy a hard boiled egg but a fried egg makes me feel, very, very sick.

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   Posted 11/18/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
A person can be allergic to milk proteins, but that is rarer the lactose intolerence. Latose intolerence doesn't really come and go, but your body produces an enzyme to break it down and some people are short on the enzyme, so when you go over say 8oz then you might get symptoms. Best way is to be tested for it.

about 25 % of IBSers also have lactose intolerence along with IBS.

Also fats are a trigger to IBS and diary has fats, although fats are also essential to your health.
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

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   Posted 11/24/2009 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with shawn12, Lactose intolerence is due to a deficiency or inappropriately working enzyme called Lactase. This is an inherited condition (Autosomal dominant) which means that 1 in 4 people have it! Why some experience more problems than others is intriging. Not sure anyone has the answer to that, but it is a reason why some people with chronic bowel conditions find benefit from a dairy free diet. Maybe the 'coming and going' is related to what you have been eating, but not a come and go problem!
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   Posted 11/28/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   

I have often wondered about this as well. I just found out that I was misdiagnosed with UC, and that I actually have IBS.  What threw my doctor off was the severity of the attacks and the rectal bleeding, but he is now positive it is IBS.  I know that often if I eat ice cream, particularly the soft serve type, I will suffer for it, but not always.  When he told me to avoid dairy, I asked if it was possible for it to only be a trigger when I was in a flare, and not at times when I was not in a flare. He said it was more likely that it was a permanent type of intolerance or aversion, but that it had to build up or had an accumulative affect. So eating it today might be okay, tomorow too, but eventually it would build up and cause an attack. It sounds plausible, as I know that this is how honey bothers me. I can get away with eating a bit once in a while, but too much or too many days with just a nibble and I will be very ill.

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