Patient Comments: Lactose Intolerance - Causes


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Comment from: TinaHerbs, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I woke up this morning around 5.30 am and about 45 minutes later, I suddenly had a sharp stabbing pain on my left chest area. I thought I was having a heart attack as the pain was unreal. I was relieved that it turned out to be pleurisy, rather than a heart attack, but the pain is almost intolerable.

Comment from: Mbui, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 02

I am a Kenyan I am 45 years old now and I have never had any problem consuming milk. In fact, milk products have been my preference until I was 35 when i developed serious stomach running, stomach grumbling and gases whenever I consumed milk products. I would wish to enjoy my yogurt again.

Comment from: cheeseplease, 55-64 Female Published: October 17

While going through menopause I became severely lactose intolerant. I can't even eat anything that may contain milk ingredients. I had no idea because I never had an issue with any dairy products throughout my life, until now. I drank milk regularly for most of my life and/or skim milk with cereal. I looked like a blow fish for almost a year before I was tested.

Comment from: tmac, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I first experienced problems when I was pregnant, the doctor indicated it was morning sickness, however I didn't think so and just went on consuming milk products and getting sick. A day after my daughter was born, I was able to drink a milkshake with no after affects. Now four years later I started once again experiencing severe stomach pains, gas etc. The docotr ordered a lactose intolerance test and that is how I found out. Today I am intolerant.

Comment from: babaloo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I developed lactose intolerance as a teenager. We used to call it spastic colon. Recently during the illness and subsequent death of my husband, I became unable to eat low-fat or fat-free ice creams.

Comment from: Dunbar, 35-44 Male Published: February 15

I was 13 when I had my first lactose intolerance symptom, heartburn. Now it is so bad, a couple of potato chips, one bite of a candy bar, or anything cooked with milk will cause vomiting, stomach cramps, and excessive saliva. This will last for hours.

Comment from: Dairy, 65-74 Female Published: March 11

I discovered that I was lactose intolerant when I was in 5th grade. It all started after I got the stomach bug. Then, after that, it just kept getting worse. When I have dairy products, my stomach hurts so much it's difficult to walk.

Comment from: tree, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I believe my Lactose Intolerance occurred about the same time I was developing colon cancer. My diarrhea started at 49. I lived with it for about 8 months before I talked to my doctors about it. I wonder if being Lactose Intolerant and the colon cancer are related. My doctors really haven't said one way or the other. It's difficult to deal with chemo too because both are causing diarrhea.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

As a baby my mother was told to put me on soy formula as I didn’t tolerate regular formula well. I drank milk as a child with no issues. It wasn’t until the birth of my own child that I began having symptoms of lactose intolerance. The symptoms and issues have steadily gotten worse over the years and now I can’t even tolerate the smallest amounts of milk products powdered coffee creamer, chicken strips (chicken is put in milk before batter). I have to read labels very carefully for milk and milk derivatives. Most sufferers can digest yogurt, but i cannot. Symptoms arise within 1/2 hour to an hour IE: gas, pain in abdomen, cramping, diarrhea, nausea and sweating. Soy products help, but I’ve recently discovered soy cheese contains a milk enzyme.

Comment from: animal lover, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I became Lactose Intolerant after having gall bladder and a hiatal hernia repair in 1986. Diarrhea and uncontrolled gas started before I checked out of the hospital. I now use coconut milk and real all labels carefully to avoid milk.

Comment from: CoffeeHound, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 15

I'm 56, and just now figured out I've developed lactose intolerance. Symptoms are rumbling/gurgling in intestines, extremely watery stools (with mucus), with a weird kind of flatulence. The two go together, making 100% bowel control iffy. Very distressing. Symptoms occur within 1 hour of ingestion of even a small amount of milk. Only time I've taken milk for years is in my daily cappuccino or latte. Those are gonna HAVE TO GO, because this is intolerable.


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Comment from: 65-74 (Patient) Published: February 18

I recently discovered I was Lactose intolerant, whenever I had dairy products I would double over in pain and had so much gas it was unbearable. I have Ovarian Cancer and through it was the cancer spreading to my digestive system. It could be but as long as I watch what I eat and drink I am pain free.

Comment from: Boxhead413, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 06

As long as I can remember I have been lactose intolerant. Apparently even when I was a baby I showed symptoms and doctors told my parent to remove dairy products from my diet. However, recently (between ages 20-22) these symptoms appear to be getting worse.

Comment from: 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 03

Try this old Cherokee remedy - chew and suck the leaves of a spearmint plant. Also helpful was peppermint candy and spearmint gum. My daughter also drinks tea lightly sugared - spearmint worked better than peppermint, but is harder to find than peppermint.


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