Am I lactose intolerant?Watch
But last night I bought a sachet of iced latte (never drink lattes normally as they give me a tummy ache) and it was a large quantity of powder that was mixed with milk, the powder was mainly skimmed milk powder, so I guess it was like having double the milk as it was also mixed with milk?
Straight after drinking this I had diarrhea, had it all night and the most intense stomach cramps ever, felt like I was going to faint, it was horrendous. I'm still feeling really poorly and drained. Do you think this means I'm definitely lactose intolerant? Is this dangerous, do I need to stop having anything with milk in at all? I heard that yoghurt and cheese is mostly okay for this?
The doctor said I can still have anything just to know the limits I can take, but she seems to not want to send me for lactose test, she said it's not very nice and you can work out your limits etc yourself, so I have no idea if I am or not and what steps to take to stop getting bloated/tummy aches.
If you are lactose intolerant, what foods normally make you feel ill the most and what(if any) dairy products do you eat?
Any advice would be great!
If you can't digest lactose - the bacteria in your gut will (which is why you have stomach cramps - the bacteria are producing carbon dioxide when they digest the lactose).
Yogurt has less lactose in it than milk does due to bacteria in the yogurt converting lactose in the milk into lactic acid - so there will be less lactose in your gut for bacteria to digest (which means less gas and stomach cramps). If you find you can eat a yogurt or two a day or cheese or whatever without too much discomfort, then fine, do it.
You can get milk without lactose in it if you want, you might also be able to tablet enzymes which break the lactose down for you so the bacteria in your gut doesn't have a chance to do it.
If you think about it, humans are quite weird by having milk after the first year, we don't even drink our own milk Its also quite a common thing in Scandinavian countries as they don't have a milk rich diet, so you're not alone
In regards to the how much should you drink, the best way i found was the common sense rule: if it looks like it contains a lot of milk, either try a small bit or don't have it at all. I usually stay away from most chocolate (dark has the lowest milk content), ice cream apart from soya based, cream, milk (obviously) and custards. Its also worth checking how high up on the ingredients list milk products and lactose is, the closer to the top the more it contains.
Hope this helps
I've been lactose intolerant since middle school without even knowing it.Back then,I used to drink milk every morning and I would get the worst stomach cramps all day,everyday!
I cut the milk at the begining of high school to see if it was it,and since then I've never had stomach cramps again.