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calm-on-the-outside
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   Posted 9/1/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to mention that my GI wanted me to try a lactose free diet for 5-7 days to see if it made any difference. Would it take effect that quickly? I am all for trying it but I want to give it a fair chance to work as well.

I know some of you here go lactose free so I was wondering what you thought.

Thanks!
*Amy, 32, dx with idiopathic colitis July 2009.

Asacol 2 pills 3 times daily
Folic Acid
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quincy
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   Posted 9/1/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it's worth a shot....some of your discomfort could be from milk products.

You could switch to Rice dream or another made from almonds..forgot the name.

Soy liquid products...while a good option, might cause you more gas or discomfort (at least for me it's worse than milk)...

You'll have to try to see what works for you....fun to experiement and see what's available.

quincy
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 9/2/2009 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think not eating lactose will make a significant difference unless you are constantly eating lactose. I don't know too much about it but I can tell you that I have always had a problem digesting lactose, even when I was a child and I've always hated drinking milk. I gag when I think about it. I still eat ice cream here and there and while it can give me slight issues, it's not anything that is worth giving up completely. Ill deal with the gas for a cone.

Oh, btw, I am happy to see you back here and with good news. Thanks for the update.


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Red_34
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   Posted 9/2/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been lactose free for about 7 years now and it has helped my symptoms tremendously. I have just recently started to add a bit of lactose back into my diet to see how I respond and so I seem to be ok with it. But I'm talking like one ice cream cone every couple days or so. If you want to drink milk, you can try Lactaid. That is what I use even though I am not a big milk drinker anyway. But I say try it and see what happens.
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princesa
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   Posted 9/2/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, about a week is usually enough to tell a difference when eliminating gluten or dairy (lactose).
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


calm-on-the-outside
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   Posted 9/2/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have actually gone dairy free before, just to try it, see how it affects the body. I quite like the feeling I have when dairy free but it is SO HARD to do all the time.

I'm doing fine on the lactose free regimen so far, I'll give it till Sunday or Monday. I really don't think it's going to make a difference but I'm all for trying it out.

I don't drink milk ever, I just don't care for it anymore since I went dairy free before. My weakness is cheese. I love it! But I'm not going to talk about it now...lol...since I can't have it!

Thanks for the positive comments though! I'll let you know the results!
*Amy, 32, dx with idiopathic colitis July 2009.

Asacol 2 pills 3 times daily
Folic Acid
Probiotic Align


Malkavian
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   Posted 9/2/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Going dairy free isn't that hard. I mean, my boyfriend has been unable to have milk products at all until recently due to a casein allergy. He managed, and during college too, no less.
22, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 9/3/2009 1:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Aged cheese contain next to no lactose. I think they have to be 18 month+ aged. Look into it, you may be able to have your guilty pleasure. I couldn't live without cheese. I think the older the cheese, the less lactose.
 
 
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
Horrible relapse: August 08 - December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
Canasa nightly + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
 


calm-on-the-outside
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   Posted 9/3/2009 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you notsosicklygirl! Cheese is my weakness for sure. I don't care about milk at all, ice cream and yogurt I can live without but I do love cheese. I'm gonna keep reading on this!
*Amy, 32, dx with idiopathic colitis July 2009.

Asacol 2 pills 3 times daily
Folic Acid
Probiotic Align


Red_34
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   Posted 9/3/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, aged cheese is a good idea if you love cheese :) I am partial to sharp cheddar. I love the stuff and it has never gave me any issues.
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princesa
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   Posted 9/3/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
You can also purchase clarified butter - also called "ghee" - that's lactose free or negligible.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


calm-on-the-outside
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   Posted 9/4/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys for all your good information! I've been reading about the aged cheese, I had no idea!

This is Day 4 for me and I've not really noticed a difference yet but I'm going to give it a fair shot. I'll let ya know!
*Amy, 32, dx with idiopathic colitis July 2009.

Asacol 2 pills 3 times daily
Folic Acid
Probiotic Align


FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/4/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't forget you can take lactose pills and still have your cheese!
27 Year old married female.  Graduated law school this year and waiting for results of the bar exam.  Start a new job sometime in September.  Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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