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Lactose Intolerant?

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 09:04 PM

I'm not sure where to put this message, but I've read over and over that many celiacs are lactose intolerant in the beginning and need to eliminate dairy for a few months. The dietician I was sent to said I could just take Lactaid before eating dairy and that would be fine. I have tried that and it seems to work. But I've been forgetting to take it lately and I will get gas/bloating. Am I damaging myself the same way I would if I ate gluten or is it different? Thanks for any input.
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Posted 30 November 2006 - 09:25 PM

lactose intolerance is the inability of your body to produce the enzyme necessary to digest lactose in dairy products. It does not damage your intestine but it may cause diarrhea and/or constipation which would lead to you feeling crappy - or gas and bloating which make you feel crappy.
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hypothyroid -1993
pernicious anemia
premature atrial beats
daughter is: age 15
central hypotonia and developmental delay
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dermatographia - a form of angioedema 2002
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recovered from Kawasaki (2003)
lactose intolerant - figured out in Oct/06
Gilberts syndrome (April/07)
allergy to stinging insects
scoliosis Jan 2008
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 07:38 AM

I have been dealing with Lactose Intolerance for too many years to count. I have been using Lactaid, and using the Lactaid milk too. It does help. I use the Coscto brand which is cheaper (and comes with a little plastic case to carry with you. With lactose intolerance since your body doesn't have enough enzymes to process the dairy it will ferment in your intestines and cause all the discomfort. I used to get violently sick from dairy, servere gas, bloating, cramping, throwing up, D -- the works. The Lactaid works like a charm, although I do try to stay away from unecessary dairy as a general rule.
The Lactaid just gives you the enzymes you need to digest milk products. I carry it with me at all times, you never know :-)
Ciao, Cin
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