Can UC cause lactose intolerance?

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stewdoug25
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   Posted 11/16/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been reading some literature online. Is it true that UC can cause lactose intolerance? Has anyone had experience with this?

I'm trying to figure out if I might be intolerant. It seems odd that not long after I eat, my stomach feels super bloated and gassy. I just ate a cream-based pasta dish, and within like 30 minutes, stomach pains, bloating, etc. I find it hard to believe that these symtoms 30 minutes after I eat are caused by UC alone...
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis 7/2006, at 23 yrs old.
Current Treatment: Asacol (3pills 2X/day),Rowasa (as needed), Canasa (as needed), Prednisone (currently on 15mg, tapering from 40mg since September 2008), Ultimate Flora (15 billion 2X/day), digestive enzymes (Super Payaya Enzyme Plus)
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Sweetie31105
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   Posted 11/16/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I was able to have milk and all the normal dairy stuff til I completely developed UC. Now I have to drink Lactaid, and and extremely picky on the type of dairy I eat. I'm only minorly intolerant, thankfully. It's still annoying though.
26 year old, Married, Female.
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Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)


basa0806
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   Posted 11/16/2008 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Most have lactose intolerance to a degree. Some people produce more of the lactase enzyme than others do and when you don't produce enough you can't digest lactose thus the D. I don't think UC can cause intolerance, but it for sure can exacerbate it. I was midly lactose in tolerant prior to UC and then when I started to flare it was really bad but now that I'm in remission its not so bad.
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pb4
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   Posted 11/17/2008 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
UC doesn't cause lactose issues because a lot of people have lactose issues and don't have UC or CD. Lactose intolerance affects a large majority of people around the world from my understanding, and it's not uncommon for IBDers to have lactose intolerance issues but that doesn't mean that once causes the other either.

A great probiotic I use called Primadophilus Reuteri made by natures way actually aids with lactose issues, I no longer have to use lactaid products and my issues were severe, but the probiotic must be taken daily and indefinitely, which is a good rule of thumb even if there is no lactose intolerance issues anyway.

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sadgirl1984
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   Posted 11/17/2008 5:21 AM (GMT -6)   
i guess so

b4 having uc,i didnt get any problem with milk

but now,i always get diarrhea,gas wen i drink dairy stuffs

Red_34
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   Posted 11/17/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I too never had any issues with dairy before UC and in fact, I had already had UC for about 8 years before dairy started to bother me. Now if I have anything with dairy in it, I get bloated, crampy, nauseas and gassy. And when I take any Lactaid pills, it still bothers me but to a lesser degree.
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princesa
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   Posted 11/17/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
From what I've read, as the intestines are damaged, ability to digest certain foods is impaired. Gluten and dairy are primary offenders. Sometimes, when the intestines are healed and remission is obtained, people find they are able to tolerate dairy again as more normal digestion is restored.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
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ediekristen
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   Posted 11/17/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to eat ice cream nightly and drink chocolate milk like it was water before I was diagnosed. I was never fond of drinking milk plain too much, and it was never whole, always 1% or fat free (I never liked the thickness of whole milk) but it never gave me troubles. Now it sends me running for the bathroom and gives me horrible cramps and bloating. I still love to have the occasional milk shake but it's just not the same :(

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

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Michelle8871
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   Posted 11/17/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been lactose interolant for about 20 years.
However I was just diagnosed w/UC in August
Not sure if there is any correlation but I have had milk/ice ceam/cheese issues for a long time before UC
Newly diagnosed August 2008
Currently on 15mg prednisone, 12 Asacol per day, Mesaline enema nightly,Multi vitamin, Omega 3 and Calcium
Realizing that disease is a real pain in the ass!
Mother of a 5 year old and 12 old trying to get through each day with a smile on my face!


scdworks4me
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   Posted 11/17/2008 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that's a little backwards.

Cow's milk dairy was never meant for humans and causes many problems that Dr's don't realize. it was all those DRINK YOUR MILK ads!! LOL
UC just gives you a condition which makes it harder to digest something we weren't meant to digest in the first place. Why do you think they don't give babies MILK? Because they systems are sensitive and do not have the ability to digest all that lactose! So just think of it as, having UC, you now have a babies guts....and need to be very gentle with it until it heals itself.

The SCD diet is what helps 1,000's do just that. You start from square one and add one food at a time so you know which things you have issues with. Since we are all different, you have to journal these items yourself. But grains, dairy, starches and sugars are the hardest things for you to digest , so we just stay away from them on this diet until we feel better.

it worked for my son in less than 7 days, off prednisone after about 2 months. he's 18 and doing great, attending college and no symptoms at all except for occasionaly mushy stool if he eats to much of something on the diet, like peanut butter.

Hope that helps.

Knight
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   Posted 11/18/2008 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
stewdoug25 said...
I've been reading some literature online. Is it true that UC can cause lactose intolerance? Has anyone had experience with this?

I'm trying to figure out if I might be intolerant. It seems odd that not long after I eat, my stomach feels super bloated and gassy. I just ate a cream-based pasta dish, and within like 30 minutes, stomach pains, bloating, etc. I find it hard to believe that these symtoms 30 minutes after I eat are caused by UC alone...

Stew,
I had that cause and effect for years.  After eating fatty and creamy foods, my stomach would freak out.  It was a large amount of super rich cheesecake at a dinner party that put me in the restroom with horrific abdominal cramps and pains.  Left sweating from the pain.  Bleeding followed and the UC was ultimately diagnosed and treated.  Now there's the chicken and the egg question..  I don't know that lactose caused UC, rather my doc suggested that I ought to stop dairy altogether and also treat the UC.  Doc considered them 2 separate issues that are painful when combined.
I am probably not the only one who has eaten rich rich creamy foods and then had huge stomach aches, but enjoyed eating so much that I repeated the process over and over and suffered over and over.
Those days are mostly behind me.  You couldn't pay me to drink a glass of milk.  I have worked back into eating cheese, but no where near like the old days.  So you are not alone, maybe you have the dual issue like me....
Good luck.
Knight
 
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Strict SCD 7/2004-12/2005
Prednisone 8/2004-10/2004
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ediekristen
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   Posted 11/18/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
scdworks4me said...
I think that's a little backwards.

Cow's milk dairy was never meant for humans and causes many problems that Dr's don't realize. it was all those DRINK YOUR MILK ads!! LOL
UC just gives you a condition which makes it harder to digest something we weren't meant to digest in the first place. Why do you think they don't give babies MILK? Because they systems are sensitive and do not have the ability to digest all that lactose! So just think of it as, having UC, you now have a babies guts....and need to be very gentle with it until it heals itself.

The SCD diet is what helps 1,000's do just that. You start from square one and add one food at a time so you know which things you have issues with. Since we are all different, you have to journal these items yourself. But grains, dairy, starches and sugars are the hardest things for you to digest , so we just stay away from them on this diet until we feel better.

it worked for my son in less than 7 days, off prednisone after about 2 months. he's 18 and doing great, attending college and no symptoms at all except for occasionaly mushy stool if he eats to much of something on the diet, like peanut butter.

Hope that helps.
It's interesting to think of it as having a baby's stomach, I never really thought of it that way. If I had a kid I certainly wouldn't be feeding it hot wings or anything so I suppose it makes sense.

I personally have no interest in trying the SCDiet though, even though some have success with it. It cuts too much out of my diet that I enjoy eating, even if some of it hurts me sometimes. It's just not worth it to me to be honest *shrug*

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


stewdoug25
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   Posted 11/18/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the input everyone. I'm just at the point now where I think I am intolerant to any type of food, not just lactose. Anything that needs digested causes issue. Anytime I eat something bigger than a fist, I get severe bloating and cramping, along with my other symptoms. Should make Thanksgiving a real blast! I have a colonoscopy coming up in a few weeks, so maybe my GI will tell me that the UC is no longer limited to my rectum. Hopefully not, but we will see... just trying to keep my chin up in the meantime!!
25, Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis 7/2006
Current Treatment: Asacol (3pills 2X/day), Rowasa, Prednisone (currently on 5mg, tapering from 40mg since September 2008), Ultimate Flora (15 billion 2X/day), digestive enzymes (Super Payaya Enzyme Plus)
Status: Worst flare so far


kazygirl
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   Posted 11/18/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
i am NOT lactose intolerant UNLESS im flaring. then i can only have milk in my coffee or cereal and thats it.
but when im in remission, no problems at all.. so i am assuming, based on my experience, that UC causes lactose intolerance for me.
steph - 32 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
severe UC in descending colon and sigmoid colon ONLY
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
tumeric capsules - if i remember to take the bloody things.
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all :(
 
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
It might be more that you're sensitive to milk products while flaring, doesn't necessarily mean it's a lactose issue, I've never heard of a lactose intolerance only happening during an IBD flare...but if you can only have milk in your coffee/cereal and that's it then I'd say to have lactose intolernace to a mild degree at all times. But that said, if you can only have milk in your coffee/cereal while flaring then I'd say it's more of a no no food during flare, not a lactose intolerance issue, especially if it doesn't bother you at all while in remission.


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sushik
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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I only became lactose intolerant after dxed with UC which sucks because my favorite food is cheese =(

Nowadays, if i eat lactose i get gassy and crampy.
31 yr old male
Diagnosed: 7/07 - UC - Pancolitis
Current Everyday Meds : 1 Canasa before bed; 2 Lialdas
"Emergency Meds": Cortenema when I feel a flare coming on


pb4
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   Posted 11/20/2008 2:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Harder/orange cheese apparently has less lactose in it compared to softer, light colored cheeses, but you could always take lactaid pills and enjoy eating cheese, and taking primadophilus reuteri made by natures way (probiotic) actually aids with lactose intolerance and I'm living proof, infact I no longer have to use lactaid products thanks t taking that probiotic daily and it's aided with some of my IBD symptoms as well.

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Red_34
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   Posted 11/20/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Sushik, I love cheese too and I have no problems with sharp cheddar which is my absolute favorite. Also freshy grated parmesan doesn't seem to bother me that much.
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