I think you mean lactose? that's the one in dairy.
Anyway - there are alternatives. I was deathly allergic to animal milks as a child. As a result, I never developed a taste for milk straight... although I did outgrow those allergies a bit in my teenage years and have been a bona fide cheese addict since.
These days we're fortunate to have alternate milks. I absolutely love almond milk. I like coconut milk too - which gives the added benefit of coconut (which comes with many health claims). There's also a blend of the two.
I've seen other sorts of milks: rice milk, maybe hemp? I'm not sure about that one. The only one I would strongly steer you away from is the soy. There's a lot of information out there now on soy, and the down side of it is that it binds nutrients such as vitamins and minerals from absorption. Fermented soy is evidently okay - but the form you'd get in soy milk isn't.
There are a couple of manufacturers of almond and coconut milk. I've begun to see store coupons for several of them. All these alternate milks can be purchased from the refrigerated dairy case, but many can be found also on the grocery aisles, non-refrigerated, and in smaller volume if you just want to try them out. Some stores are beginning to carry their own brands as well. I believe I've seen them in both WinnDixie and Trader Joe's. I'm not sure if Publix carries their own brand...
A nice thing about these milks is that, since they aren't truly "milk", they don't spoil like animal milks do. They DO settle. This disturbs people if they're evaluating whether it's "still good" as you would animal milk. You just have to shake the nut milks up well. And naturally, once the container is open it has to be refrigerated. If you buy the cartons from the aisles (unrefrigerated), you can store them the same way in your pantry until you open them. You can cook with them, too. If you're using them for cooking, I'd be sure to get the unsweetened version, though.
At least one of these manufacturers makes nut-milk-based frozen goods. I really like the coconut milk "ice cream". They make little "ice cream" sandwiches too. I recently found some very tasty "ice cream" nuggets, all made with coconut milk. The "ice cream" isn't quite as creamy as you may be accustomed to with cow's milk, but it's still very good. I just let the serving thaw very slightly to reduce the iciness. I love the flavor!
Can you tolerate other animal milks than cow? if so, you might be able to manage goat or sheep cheese. Whoever gave you your diagnosis should be able to tell you that.
Another thing to consider, which I also do, is to take a good supplement of digestive enzymes. This would be good thing to ask of your healthcare provider when you ask about the goat/sheep cheese. What little difficulty I encounter now with cheese is helped greatly by making sure I take those enzymes with my meals. I have terrible GI issues due to an autoimmune condition, and it really eases those symptoms for me.
I don't think you can expect to just stop loving cheese and ice cream! but I think you can find some things to fill in the empty places. I think - I know, in my case - you might find you really enjoy the alternate milks. Remember how eating the animal milk products make you feel! Should be plenty of motivation there.
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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