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CARADAWN Posts: 1,922
6/12/12 4:28 P

DRAGONCHILDE thanks for your input and I have all of the symptoms you described although I didn't originally post them all. I mentioned this to my other gastro doctor and he just shrugged it off so I am hoping this one will be able to give me some better advice on what to do and how to figure out what it really is. Thanks again :)

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6/12/12 4:17 P

I'm mildly lactose intolerant, and when I overdose on dairy, I experience symptoms similar to what you're experiencing. Nausea, bloating, stomach unsettled, diarrhea, and gas.

I can have small amounts of cheese with no problem, but highly processed or large quantities do it to me every time. I'm actually suffering a bit today thanks to an ill-advised 3 AM treat last night of fritos mild cheddar cheese dip.

I don't think my best at 3 AM.

Definitely talk to your doctor... it could be lactose intolerance! It doesn't sound like an allergy to me, more like something triggering digestion issues.

CARADAWN Posts: 1,922
6/12/12 3:51 P

This was a planned "binge" and while I do feel guilty about it I did not have the same reaction after eating a cupcake and many mini desserts this past Thursday. I have been cutting back on my sugar intake but I don't believe this is the culprit - re last Thursday's binge. I have had issues with dairy before when I was training for a marathon and am wondering if this could be the same thing. I had long runs planned every Saturday and had to stop eating ice cream at least 2 days before or I would have HUGE stomach issues on the run. I don't eat much dairy outside of ice cream (maybe some cheese in something every couple of days) so I don't have much other dairy to compare my ice cream reaction to. I have a gastro doc appointment next week and will be bringing it up with him but I just wanted some advice from people on here first.

ANARIE Posts: 12,436
6/12/12 3:18 P

How do you feel about eating it? Was it something you planned for and intended to do, or was it an impulse/mini-binge? It's extremely common to have stomach pain as part of an emotional reaction to eating something you think you shouldn't have eaten.

Also, how do you normally eat? Even though it's yogurt, Ben&Jerry's is still pretty high in fat and sugar. If you're not used to eating those things together, it can cause upset. Rather than comparing this feeling to when you eat cheese, compare it to when you eat the same number of calories in cupcake or cookie form.

ADOS-ADOS Posts: 125
6/12/12 3:03 P

You'd have to talk to your doctor about that. It could just be that your stomach was upset or you ate waaay too much of it, but it could be lactose intolerance or a dairy allergy.

Lactose intolerance doesn't prevent you from eating dairy, as long as you make sure to carry lactase pills with you anytime you might want to eat dairy. Dairy allergies mean dairy is a no-go.

But your problem doesn't sound like an allergy, which would do much more than cause stomach cramping. If it's a real medical problem, it's probably a lactose intolerance. Like I said, talking to your doctor is probably a good course of action.

CARADAWN Posts: 1,922
6/12/12 2:57 P

Last night I had about a half pint of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Fro Yo and now I am paying for it. All I have been able to eat this morning is cantaloupe and drink a Sprite. My stomach is in knots and I feel nauseous I have had similar feelings from eating a lot of ice cream but don't get this way when I have a little cheese (pizza, on a sandwich, etc.). Is there something specifically in frozen yogurt and ice cream that can cause this reaction or could it be the dairy because it is a large dose as compared to on a sandwich? I would love to hear your thoughts so I can alter my diet to never have to feel like this again!
- In agony

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