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Am I Lactose Intolerant?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 03, 2012 at 3:25 PM

A strange thing happened to me yesterday/this morning which makes me believe I may actually be lactose/dairy intolerant. A couple of weeks ago I started eating 95% paleo with the odd miso soup or safe starch (white rice/rice noodles) post workout. I've also been adding the occasional tbsp of full fat double cream (organic) to morning cofee/evening cocoa (organic & unsweetened).

Last night I had a family meal which wasn't too far from paleo (a little flour in the gravy, mash potato, chicken etc), but then finished with a reasonable portion of dairy ice cream which was also topped with some crunchy grains.

This morning at 7am, I woke up with stomach pains and felt like I wanted to be sick. I managed to drop back off to sleep and an hour later I woke up feeling better. There is no other reason why I would be sick (feeling good for the last two weeks).

Could this large portion of dairy which I haven't been consuming for the last two weeks (other than the occasional tbsp of double cream - minimal lactose) be the reason for this unexpected pain/sick feeling?

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on December 03, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Agree that it's probably the ice cream. I'm lactose intolerant and when I succumb to a craving for ice cream I regret it the next day. Breyers makes a lactose free version of vanilla, though.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

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on December 03, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Thanks for clearing this up, I think a glass of milk or some more ice cream in a week or so would be a good test! I haven't really missed dairy products, so It's not a problem for me to cut them out completely.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

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on December 03, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Over the last two weeks I've also been taking a multi-v that contains 50m probiotic spores and eating a tbsp of Sauerkraut daily. I think I'll just avoid dairy for a while, and maybe do another test later on.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on December 03, 2012
at 03:52 PM

This sounds exactly like lactose intolerance. I strongly disagree.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:51 PM

This sounds *exactly* like lactose intolerance. I strongly disagree.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

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on December 03, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I was thinking about the gluten too, but there was likely minimal gluten compared to the amount of dairy consumed. I have been using a lot of grass fed butter with most of my meals without any ill effects.

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on December 03, 2012
at 03:30 PM

Ice cream is loaded with lactose naturally, and many brands add even more lactose. The heavy cream you've been adding to coffee and cocoa doesn't have any lactose. I say yes, it's possible that you're lactose intolerant. Try another milky product in a few days and see how you feel.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on December 03, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Agree that it's probably the ice cream. I'm lactose intolerant and when I succumb to a craving for ice cream I regret it the next day. Breyers makes a lactose free version of vanilla, though.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on December 03, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Thanks for clearing this up, I think a glass of milk or some more ice cream in a week or so would be a good test! I haven't really missed dairy products, so It's not a problem for me to cut them out completely.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on December 03, 2012
at 03:51 PM

That sounds exactly like possible lactose intolerance side effect. I get that commonly - it's the indigestible lactose moving through your intestines. A course of good probiotics may help inoculate your intestines with bacteria that can digest lactose, although in general it's easier just to avoid cheese, dairy, and desserts.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on December 03, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Over the last two weeks I've also been taking a multi-v that contains 50m probiotic spores and eating a tbsp of Sauerkraut daily. I think I'll just avoid dairy for a while, and maybe do another test later on.

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B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

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on December 03, 2012
at 03:29 PM

That sounds a lot more like a reaction to the gluten than to the dairy.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I was thinking about the gluten too, but there was likely minimal gluten compared to the amount of dairy consumed. I have been using a lot of grass fed butter with most of my meals without any ill effects.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:51 PM

This sounds *exactly* like lactose intolerance. I strongly disagree.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:52 PM

This sounds exactly like lactose intolerance. I strongly disagree.

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