Patient Comments: Lactose Intolerance - Symptoms

The symptoms of lactose intolerance can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?

Comment from: Mommy McQueen, Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I developed lactose intolerance when I was 13 years old. It was probably earlier but it was not until then that I discovered the problem was milk. My symptoms are excruciating pain in my esophagus and stomach. It feels like if someone is squeezing my esophagus. I have over production of saliva and I cannot swallow anything, not even my own saliva. I cannot burp either and that causes lots of pain. Pain lasts till next day. I wish I could cure this. I am 33 years old now.

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Comment from: Gerhard, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 25

I thought I was lactose intolerant as my symptoms are mouth ulcers and severe sinus headaches after using dairy and from the age of 44 I have had Parkinson's disease. About 2 years ago I also visited a friend's farm and was using full cream unprocessed milk on my porridge. Full cream should have given me a serious reaction, but I had no reaction. I personally think that my problems is from the by-products in the dairy. As a result of the severe sinus headaches I have used anti-histamine with headache pills on a regular base, which I recon caused my Parkinson's disease.

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Comment from: Nurse 101, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

On my menstrual cycle when I eat 'real' ice cream, such as Cold Stone I have symptoms of diarrhea and bowel urgency. During the rest of the month these lactose intolerance symptoms are not present. This is my first time actually noticing this phenomenon.

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Comment from: vikram, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 17

I used to have gastric bloating, pain, gas in the abdomen, racing heartbeat, and lethargy. Due to that reason sometime I get severe chest pain. I consulted my doctor and he advised me ECG followed by echo cardiograph, and stress and strain test. All my reports were ok. Then I was referred to a gastroenterologist. He diagnosed hiatal hernia after endoscopy but failed to explain the unbearable pain in the chest. He prescribed me PPI (proton pump inhibitor) and antacids. I got a fraction of relief but I was not quit okay. I suffered badly with this problem for more than two years. One day I read about lactose intolerance with some similar symptoms I stopped consuming milk and milk products all of a sudden. From next day onwards I did not have any problem. I was alright. It was a miracle for me.

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Comment from: Maygin, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

My lactose intolerance started when I was 19/20. Probably due to the freshman diet in University (lots of Kraft Dinner and cereal). Since then, I consume the tiniest amount of lactose. Whether it be a sip of my daughter's bottle to test the warmth, or a small half spoonful of yogurt, with anything I will experience the intolerance. I get back pains, sharp pains through my stomach, bloated stomach, gas, nausea, vomiting, sometimes constipation, sometimes diarrhea (whatever my body decides that day), and I will be down and out for hours on end. I'm starting to think that it's something more than just lactose intolerance, as I will take 4 pills before I eat and 60% of the time I will still experience everything.

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