Patient Comments: Lactose Intolerance - Causes

When did you develop lactose intolerance?

Comment from: TinaHerbs, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I woke up this morning around 5.30 am and about 45 minutes later, I suddenly had a sharp stabbing pain on my left chest area. I thought I was having a heart attack as the pain was unreal. I was relieved that it turned out to be pleurisy, rather than a heart attack, but the pain is almost intolerable.

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Comment from: trish, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I could not tolerate milk as a baby in the 1950s, the doctors put me on a non-milk liquid feed and I began to put on weight. As a school age child if I had any milk or milk products by mistake I was sick within about 20 minutes. Gradually through my twenties and thirties I began to tolerate small amounts of milk in tea or cakes etc with little problem. As I entered the perimenapause in my forties, the problems began to emerge again and I had the nitrogen breathe test in hospital, which showed up as definitely lactose intolerant. Now I just avoid almost all forms of milk/milk products again. The only thing I can tolerate well is Parmesan cheese and other extremely hard Italian cheeses (anything you couldn't really chew on without grating or cooking) - the harder the cheese the less the lactose survives, a consequence of the maturing processes of such cheeses. Something you might want to try if you're lactose intolerant like me.

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Comment from: Mbui, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 02

I am a Kenyan I am 45 years old now and I have never had any problem consuming milk. In fact, milk products have been my preference until I was 35 when i developed serious stomach running, stomach grumbling and gases whenever I consumed milk products. I would wish to enjoy my yogurt again.

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Comment from: cheeseplease, 55-64 Female Published: October 17

While going through menopause I became severely lactose intolerant. I can't even eat anything that may contain milk ingredients. I had no idea because I never had an issue with any dairy products throughout my life, until now. I drank milk regularly for most of my life and/or skim milk with cereal. I looked like a blow fish for almost a year before I was tested.

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Comment from: tmac, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I first experienced problems when I was pregnant, the doctor indicated it was morning sickness, however I didn't think so and just went on consuming milk products and getting sick. A day after my daughter was born, I was able to drink a milkshake with no after affects. Now four years later I started once again experiencing severe stomach pains, gas etc. The docotr ordered a lactose intolerance test and that is how I found out. Today I am intolerant.

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Comment from: Dunbar, 35-44 Male Published: February 15

I was 13 when I had my first lactose intolerance symptom, heartburn. Now it is so bad, a couple of potato chips, one bite of a candy bar, or anything cooked with milk will cause vomiting, stomach cramps, and excessive saliva. This will last for hours.

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Comment from: babaloo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I developed lactose intolerance as a teenager. We used to call it spastic colon. Recently during the illness and subsequent death of my husband, I became unable to eat low-fat or fat-free ice creams.

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Comment from: Dairy, 65-74 Female Published: March 11

I discovered that I was lactose intolerant when I was in 5th grade. It all started after I got the stomach bug. Then, after that, it just kept getting worse. When I have dairy products, my stomach hurts so much it's difficult to walk.

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Lactose Intolerance - Symptoms Question: The symptoms of lactose intolerance can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?
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