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Intolerant to Lamb?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2013 at 9:37 PM

A week ago, I bought a lamb roast from Costco (imported from Oz), cut it up into steaks and smaller roasts and froze the meat. I decided to make lamb steaks last night for dinner, just fried in some ghee with a bit of salt and pepper, with some broccoli as a side...

15-20 minutes after finishing my meal, I had the WORSE abdominal pains ever. I felt like I was going to die. Pepto bismal didn't help. Tylenol and Ibuprofen helped a little. My husband ate the same stuff that I ate, and he didn't have any problems at all. He did remind me that the last time I had lamb, a month or so before, that I had complained of stomach pain, but it wasn't as bad and the lamb portion had been much smaller. Something that I had forgotten about.

I don't think it's an allergy as I didn't have any swelling or hives or tingling anywhere, just a lot of pain in the stomach.

If it is a lamb intolerance, is there any way to get over it? I'd like to eat the lamb meat because of the nutrients and I know it's grass-fed. It's hard to find grass-fed meat around where I live. We're on a budget and can't be spending a ton of money on specialty grass-fed meats ordered online, and the nearest Whole Foods is 270 miles away.

Should I just not eat it? I thought maybe if I tried much smaller portions, I could build up a tolerance to it.

Edit: I should add that I've had my gall bladder removed for about 4 years, now.

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on February 16, 2013
at 05:28 AM

I'm certain it was the lamb. I've eaten broccoli many time before, and never had a problem. I've had lamb twice, and both times I have had stomach issues. I think it has to do with the fat content, though. The reason I say this is because I had an experience where I made chicken broth, and didn't skim the fat off the top before I drank it. I had a stomach ache after that, too. It wasn't nearly as bad as with the lamb, though.

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on February 16, 2013
at 01:18 AM

Lamb fat is more waxy than beef fat, maybe this upsets your tummy a bit? Also, are you sure it was the lamb and not the brocolli? Do a test of lamb only and start with small amounts.

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on February 16, 2013
at 01:06 AM

It felt like I'd been punched in the stomach by Mike Tyson. Multiple times. The pain was constant, and then there would be a wave of more intense pain on top of the constant pain. I'd put it right up there with being in labor.

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:38 PM

What did the pain feel like? Gas pain? Indigestion? Burning?

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on February 15, 2013
at 09:46 PM

Can you say unhelpful?

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on February 15, 2013
at 10:09 PM

I know a few people who get nauseous just at the smell of lamb, it's not all that uncommon. The people I know simply avoid it. I had my gallbladder taken out and I eat lamb with no problems, in fact I had some last night. I'm not exactly sure what it is with lamb, but from the sounds of it, it seems like some sort of allergic reaction. If it's simply an enzyme issue, you could try taking digestive enzymes the next time you have some and see if that helps.

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on February 15, 2013
at 09:57 PM

I will say that you are not the first person I have heard of this happening to. I know to others, but they are related to each other, so there might be a genetic component.

My first thought is that you are having trouble digesting some part of it, some enzyme is not quite up to the task. This would fit my friends pattern, she love lamb but she and her son can not eat it without some pain, the amount depending on how much lamb is eaten.

This might be one of those listen to your body, we are all different things. If you really want to experiment, try different lamb from different places, and some of it cooked a lot (long stew.)

You might also react to goat and possibly venison if you are intolerant to lamb.

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on July 01, 2013
at 08:22 PM

I was wondering if this had happened to anyone else. I was vacationing in Ireland and had some lamb kidney and it ruined my afternoon. I was out with INTENSE abdominal pains, to the point where death might have been a good option for me :)

I recently bought a grass fed lamb steak and noticed similar pains but much milder than before. These are pains I've never really had before, but I hadn't noticed them before with lamb either. I'm going to keep away from lamb in the future.

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on February 16, 2013
at 01:02 AM

Hmm. Thanks for the answers, excluding Jimmy's. I think I'm going to have to stay away from lamb. The pain is just not worth it.

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on February 15, 2013
at 09:43 PM

can you say hypochondriac?

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on February 15, 2013
at 09:46 PM

Can you say unhelpful?

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