Lactose Intolerence in Colitis

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   Posted 10/25/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I was diagnosed with Colitis almost three years ago, I have had about 4 flares in the since then, but none seem to be as severe as most I have read about. I have only ever had blood or mucus in the first initial flare. All others have been lots of lower left abdominal pain and alot of gas. I dont spend to much time on the throne all day, even in a flare maybe three times per day, Im curious what people think about lactose intolerance in people with colitis. Has anyone cut out milk products and found that helped manage there symptoms? I have recently just started drinking my morning coffee black and found that I didnt have that abdominal cramping in the morning. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appriciated.

Thanks Ryan

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   Posted 10/25/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I have crohn's colitis (CD affecting the colon) I became lactose intolerant, mind you I was lactose intolerant as a baby, then okay then it reappeared again about 6 yrs ago (well into my IBD) you can get tested for it, even without having IBD it's common for people to become lactose intolerant apparently the population of lactose intolerance is quite high...I was using lactaid products but no longer have to anymore because I take a probiotic called primadophilus reuteri made by natures way which happens to aid with lactose intolerance and for me it works great, not to mention it has benefited me with my crohn's and IBS symptoms as well.

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   Posted 10/25/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I was never lactose intolerant (in fact I LOVE milk) until I got UC.  Now I have to use Lactaid products if I want to have milk.  Give it a try if its something you really miss.  It tastes just like regular milk but maybe a tiny bit sweeter. 

Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG as needed, Multivitamin.
Diet/Exercise:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.  Yoga and walking.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.
Status:  Flare

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   Posted 10/25/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I was lactose intolerant prior to UC, and now I'm even more sensitive!  I drink my coffee black (when I'm able to drink coffee), avoid ice cream, and haven't thought about using regular milk on my cereal in years.  I made the switch to soy milk about 5 years ago, and my GI tract is so much the happier for it.  I can tolerate moderate amounts of cheese or yogurt, just not on the same day.  I was hoping that kefir would be okay.  It is basically a yogurt-type drink, with lots of good bacteria, plus the other good stuff you get from milk, but that gives me bad gas as well.  If the thought of soy or rice milk makes you cringe, try Lactaid...real milk w/o the lactose.  I used that for a spell back in the day.

36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:  Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema every other night, Prednisone (down to 5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.

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   Posted 10/25/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I also became lactose intolerant when I developed my UC. I drink Lactaid myself, and soy in my Starbucks drinks. The Lactaid isn't much different from reg. milk.
26 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007
Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)

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