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I did a gluten challenge for a month a while back (ended on 1st july on specialists advice). Since that date I have been gluten free.

I am still having problems for which I have been back to the doctor. I was chronically constipated, had acid reflux, got a cough, and developed breathing problems too in the last couple of weeks.

Now, I was trying to take probiotics in the form of a multivitamin and also had some live goats yoghurt. When I introduced these, the heaviness in the chest started. It's not a wheeze exactly, but more like the feeling you get when you're having a panic attack? And yeah, it does make me panic, which makes it worse (vicious cycle)

So, I cut these out. The chest thing got better. Last night tried a couple of spoonfulls of the goat yoghurt....today, the heaviness in the chest is back and my stomach is cramping up a storm, I had acid after it too.

My doctor I believe is fairly convinced I'm a hypochondriac, and has simply given me some antispasmodics and antacid to take for the next month.

I had the blood test for celiac AFTER being gluten free for months, and the doctor had me eating gluten for just two weeks before doing that test. It was negative. Now I don't know which way to turn and feel completely on my own with it.

When I mentioned the chest tightness to the doctor he said it was to do with acid reflux and the acid getting into my lungs. Not sure he listened when I said about it being milk/probiotic related. I'm not certain which of these or both is causing the problem. I definately had a reaction to goat yoghurt. I'm too scared to try the probiotics :unsure:

Is it possible to have this type of reaction to lactose and be ok with casein, or does this sound like a casein thing too?

Normally I'm a pull up your big girl panties and deal with it kind of person, but at the moment I am just in a bit of a mess. I feel like the doctors don't care, I'm anxious, struggling to know what to eat (feel a bit like food is the enemy) totally and utterly exhausted and I'm pretty sure the anxiety is not helping matters at all.

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Is your multivitamin gluten free? Some vitamins use gluten as a bonding agent--it's one of those stealthy glutening things!

If it is gluten free, then I think you ought to go off all animal milk. Do the elimination diet method and see if you feel better.

I am off gluten and dairy too (because of my son)--there are still lots of delicious things you can eat. There's coconut milk ice cream or frosting, you can use almond milk in your cereal. Hang in there!

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Is your multivitamin gluten free? Some vitamins use gluten as a bonding agent--it's one of those stealthy glutening things!

If it is gluten free, then I think you ought to go off all animal milk. Do the elimination diet method and see if you feel better.

I am off gluten and dairy too (because of my son)--there are still lots of delicious things you can eat. There's coconut milk ice cream or frosting, you can use almond milk in your cereal. Hang in there!

Hey, thanks for the reply :) Yes, the multivit/probiotic is lactose and gluten free. It DOES contain milk proteins though.

I am so confused because I had been taking lactofree milk with no side effects except possibly heartburn (but I had attributed the heartburn to the gluten challenge irritating my stomach) Yet, aren't goat milk products supposed to be more acceptable to the stomach than cows milk products, and yogurt safer still? Gah. Confusing.

I have ordered the GAPS diet book and I'm going to give that a try. I just want to be able to function. And to stop nagging the doctor because I feel and have felt for the longest time that doctors prefer to use medication to mask symptoms than they do to actually try and find the root cause.

I shall try the almond milk, although at the moment I seem ok with soy. I do not want to speak too soon on that one though :blink:

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Yogurt is generally more casein protein than lactose sugar. The bacteria eat the yummy lactose sugar to make yogurt. So you could be reacting to casein protein or leftover lactose or the angst of life or all three! :) Sorry, I am in a mood today. anyhow, hard cheese are mostly casein protein and probably some other protein too. So if you eat hard cheese and get sickly that is a clue.

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