Tiredness after eating. Mostly with dairy products from my observation. Any advice please?

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AnxietyJames
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   Posted 8/12/2015 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,

Today I've had a symptom reappear that I've not had for some time. I wasn't sure whether to post this here, but I consider it's still a possible allergy - albiet not related to breathing.

I'm trying to eat more to put weight back on. A recent spell of depression and anxiety has caused some weight loss for me. I stopped eating properly and would eat one meal a day. I have a fear of choking so I would rarely eat when anxiety was high.

It's going well but today I ate a bread roll with cheese for breakfast, and same again at around 1pm along with a packet of crisps. At around 2.30 I felt extremely tiered. I needed to have a bowel movement which was a little one, but stool was smooth, together, but looked a little soft. I also felt churning, and had gas. I can feel like balls of gas in my stomach shift position and it makes a sort of clunking noise.

It seems to be subsiding a little. The whole thing caused a panic attack for me as I got extremely nervous. But I had no panic prior to this event happening today.

I have noticed in the past I am intollerant to dairy. But it's only sometimes. One time I drank a can of chocolate milk. I went extremely tiered, and felt like I had a brick in my stomach. I had to run home and the bowel movement felt like a huge ball and lots of water.

Appologies if this is gross.

I've had this complaint for years. It comes and goes. But I have no idea what causes it. The tierdness is pretty uncomfortable, and it lasts for about 30 minutes or so before slowly returning to normal.

Any ideas on this?

Lanie G
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   Posted 8/12/2015 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, James. I don't know about incidents of anxiety (although I've been through them in my life) or problems with allergies but what struck me in your post is your feelings of tiredness after eating. The bread, crisps and chocolate milk may all have caused your blood sugar to drop making you feel tired or sleepy. This sounds to me like a typical blood sugar reaction to carbs.

My suggestion is to see your doctor and explain what's going on. You would need some blood tests to see if it is indeed your blood sugar. In any case, however, you might be able to avoid that tired feeling by having a better-balanced meal or snack: protein with the carbs. For example, eggs and a piece of meat or cheese with the bread.

Having these feelings will add to your anxiety so when you see the doctor please explain everything that's going on. I wish I could help more. Best of luck.
Lanie

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AnxietyJames
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   Posted 8/12/2015 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks LanieG, I will mention this to my doc next time I get my anxiety meds. I did eat cheese with the bread, both times, which I believe is where the problem lies.

I really do need a more balanced diet, but vegtables and fruit is never appetizing for me. The texture of most fruits makes me feel sick. Some veggies I'm ok with such as greens, peppers, peas etc. I'd love to eat a more balanced diet.

Thank you for your comment, will definatly speak to my doc.

Lanie G
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   Posted 8/12/2015 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I understand that wanting to improve your diet to be more balanced is easier said than done! You already know what a balanced diet is, I'm sure, so if you take small steps toward that goal, not all at once, you'll probably handle it better. :-)

One way to help you eliminate health concerns and worry is to have lab tests to rule out problems. Knowing that you don't have allergies or other physical problems will make you feel better and even if you do have some health concerns, you will be fine knowing that you are addressing them and taking care of them.

If you have any questions about food and blood sugar, come over to the Diabetes forum here and post what you'd like to talk about. My forum is not just about diabetes. It's about blood sugar and how we metabolize food, etc.

Have a good day!
yeah
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

ushippedyourpants?
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   Posted 8/12/2015 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi James :-)

I guess the question I would be asking myself if I were you, would be, is my anxiety causing my bowel issues, or are my bowel issues causing (or at least contributing to) my anxiety ?

Since our gut controls so many things, including our emotional well being, that is where I would start looking.

Eating a balanced diet is an important start, but finding the RIGHT balanced diet is imperative ! have you tried eliminating any foods completely for any length of time ? do you have someone to cook for you or are you on your own ? since dairy can be a problem for many people, that is where I would start. And try to completely rid it from your diet, not just reduce.

Another thing to keep in mind, is if you eliminate something, be careful of replacing it with something that may present it's own set of problems. I.E., milk substitutes like soy, rice, almond, etc. Many of them contain ingredients that can cause problems. Carrageenan is one problematic ingredient that comes to mind.

Hope you find some answers.

Alcie
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   Posted 8/13/2015 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like what I get with my lactose intolerance. It's pretty easy to check. Just chew up a couple of lactase tablets with the first mouthful of anything dairy.

If I want to clear my bowels all I need to do is eat some ice cream, small serving. In a couple of hours the gas created from my inability to digest lactose (normal problem for most adults) does a cleaning job. Not a doctors recommendation! I need about 4 lactase tabs to avoid the gas.

Don't just give up on milk products until you try lactase tabs to see if your problem is only the lactose (milk sugar). If it really doesn't help go to an allergist and find out if you are allergic to a milk protein - not the same as the sugar at all! (Anything with -ose is generally a sugar. -ase is usually something that changes/digests it.)

All the substitutes are just soybeans, rice, or almonds or other nuts ground up to a powder with added water. Most have added sugar to make them "taste good." The sugars are likely culprits in food allergies too! They generally have sulfites, which is a far worse allergy for me.
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