Lactose Intolerance Support Group

Lactose intolerance is the condition in which lactase, an enzyme needed for proper metabolization of lactose (a constituent of milk and other dairy products), is not produced in adulthood. A hydrogen breath test is required for a clinical diagnosis. With lactose intolerance, the result of consuming lactose or a lactose-containing food is excess gas production and often diarrhea.

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Inconsistencies with lactose and pain

Hi, new here but recently I have noticed I get severe stomach cramps/bloating whenever I have milk products. I haven't been to a doc but I am certain I have it so I am diagnosing myself with lactose intolerance.

Anyway...the point of this thread is to state my inconsistencies with stomach cramping. I'll consume the same amount of dairy whether its milk, yogurt, or whey protein and I'll have cramps one time and another time I wont. The thing is, I'll consume the exact same thing and it seems on and off. For example, I had oatmeal with a scoop of whey protein last night. I was perfectly fine. Tonight I did the usual, one scoop of protein and a cup of oatmeal but now I am experiencing pain. Is this something anyone experiences? Is it normal? I am going to my doc to get checked soon so save me the 'check with the doc' advice :).

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Yes I think this normal. It seems to be multiple factors, for me it's the combination of foods. For example when I drink coffee it makes it much worse.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thanks for the reply! I seem to be getting more and more sensitive lately.
deleted_user
deleted_user

It depends on the food. Some lactose containing foods like cheese and high fibre stuff take a longer time to 'release' their lactose (can be up to 12 hours later).

Also certain foods like lots of coffee, etc can mess with your digestive system as well.
deleted_user
deleted_user

As overlook says, it's the combination of food. I found that I am very sensitive to the fat content of certain foods and to spices. So if you mix the dairy with french fries or something fatty, you will get more bloating. Also, the higher fat content of the dairy, the harder it is to digest and break down. This is why I can eat 0% yogourt in the morning, but have trouble with fancy cheeses.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I have the same thing occur. It can be frustrating. Hang in there. :-)