Possible dairy allergy?

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 6/4/2007 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Guys,
I posted on here a few weeks back on behalf of my girlfriend who was having stomach troubles. Thanks to some suggestions on here we managed to put together an IBS-friendly diet.
It may be a coincidence, but after months her problems eased when we tried this. Recently we've slipped a little and it seems to be one thing that triggers it - cheese. She has finally been given a doctors appointment (gotta love the health service over here!) so maybe they can do some tests then, but we're beginning to wonder if it's a dairy allergy rather than IBS. Her mum and one of her brothers is allergic to dairy, but for the first 24 years or so she doesn't seem to have been, yet now it appears to provoke whatever is causing her stomach upset.
Really glad to see whatever it is seems to be controllable with diet and perhaps this means the initial suggestion of IBS isn't correct afterall?

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   Posted 6/4/2007 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
It may not even show up in a test because they only test for lactose intolerance I think and there are other things in dairy that can cause a problem and yes, you body can change and you can develop an allergy to food. Allergy testing for food doesn't seem to be completely reliable. the only way to really know it to stay away from everything dairy for a couple weeks and that should tell the story. Good luck. She could still have IBS but it would be considered IBS that is controllable. My Dr. took me off all dairy when I was diagnosed, along with red meat, fresh fruits and veggies. I definetly cannot do dairy now especially cream sauces, ice cream, plain milk,etc.

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   Posted 6/6/2007 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, she found some packs of fruit and nuts specifically marketed as soluble fibre for digestive problems and started eating quite a lot of that and she reckons that was the main difference. It really seemed to help.
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