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- Lactose intolerance is something that many people experience during their lives or, at least, they may think they are doing.
- But there are many symptoms of lactose intolerance that can also be symptoms of other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, food sensitivities, and more.
- Knowing what kind of things can indicate that you are intolerant of lactose is worth it because it can actually be something completely different – once you are armed with this information, you can better address what is really going on.
Chances are there is someone in your life who does not eat dairy products. And although many may make the choice because of ethical considerations, etc., others choose to abstain because they feel that dairy products make them feel bloated and gasped, resulting in painful aches, diarrhea, or other types of digestion. It's just not worth it if you eat these kinds of foods and make you feel sick. But it may not actually be lactose intolerance to this culprit. Instead, you may be wrong what you are experiencing about lactose intolerance, but it could actually be something else. Here's what you might need to know.
You have diarrhea for a long period of time, even though you've been cutting milk.
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Diarrhea can be an unfortunate side effect that comes with some food sensitivities, intolerance and other conditions, such as lactose intolerance. But if you have experienced it for a long time, even if you had not eaten milk, it could not be lactose intolerance to this problem.
"If the patient discovers that symptoms of diarrhea or loose stools expand well beyond any period in which dairy products or lactose-containing products are consumed, this change in bowel habits should also be changed for any possible reason," says Dr. Donald Tsinman, New York-based Gastroenterologist, Said INSIDER.After having a conversation with your doctor potentially getting a gastroenterologist or other specialist involved can be a good idea.
You accidentally ate or drank something that contained milk, but you did not experience negative side effects in about two hours.
Symptoms and complications associated with lactose intolerance usually occur relatively quickly.
"A person suffering from lactose intolerance will feel sick with 30 to 2 hours of milk or dairy products," says Dr. Nicet Sonapel, MD, a gastroenterologist from New York City and another assistant professor at Touro College for osteopathic medicine. Can indicate a different situation.
You're also dealing with some serious fatigue.
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Even if you have a number of digestive problems that suggest you may be lactose intolerant, if you are experiencing other symptoms as well, it can also be a clue that it is not really impaired intolerance where you are faced with. Sonpal said that fatigue is one such symptom that may be that the doctor may continue an investigation to find out what is really going on.
It is actually a different food sensitivity that causes symptoms.
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"The symptoms of lactose intolerance are a wide range of overlap with many other things, so usually diarrhea, nausea, sometimes vomiting, but usually not, gas, bloating, stomach cramps, but these can be symptoms of many things," he said. Dr. Michael Nussbaum, MD, bariatric surgeon, said: "I have patients who come all the time and they come in and they will say, 'I have irritable bowel syndrome' or 'I have lactose intolerance', you know, there are easy ways to check And that's how we start. They check these patients and see what they are actually, what actually happens in their bodies, and what I found over the last 20 years to do it, is that many patients have food sensitivities and they are up Yalo does not understand and this is perhaps not Lactose intolerance. "
It can be difficult to determine if you really have lactose intolerance or other food sensitivity if you experience painful, uncomfortable, or even debilitating symptoms, especially if you do not always eat whole foods or any potential ingredient on its own. So just because it seems lactose intolerance does not necessarily mean that it really is.
You have done an elimination diet yourself.
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Eliminating diets can help you determine what kinds of things you can really respond to when you eat or drink them so that they can be useful tools when you try to get to the bottom of your symptoms. If you try to do it yourself with a elimination diet, you may end up with a biased or misleading end result.
"You do not actually read it because you do not really understand it because things overlap," explained Nussbaum. It is recommended that there be a doctor to monitor your elimination diet so that they can ensure that all the conclusions you draw from the test are the right ones. Because, as Nussbaum explained, there are some things that can overlap each other, and you may have thought it was a particular fruit to which you responded, but it was actually a nut or something else that overlapped with that particular fruit.
confusing? Perhaps, but because enlisting the help of a professional can help ensure that it goes more smoothly.
You really have some food allergies or other intestinal conditions going on.
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Food allergies, food sensitivities and lactose intolerance can have a ton of overlapping symptoms, which can really make a distinction between all the options quite difficult.
"Lactose is just one of the dietary insulants to be treated when patients have symptoms of intermittent bowel habits or symptoms of GI distress with different foods," says Zinman. Patients may also consider evaluations of fructose intolerance, celiac sucrose, food allergies, infectious bowel infections, or a small increase in intestinal bacteria.
A doctor has never diagnosed you with lactose intolerance.
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Many people who think they have lactose intolerance do not really know they have it – they already diagnose themselves. But if a doctor has never diagnosed you with lactose intolerance, the fact is that you may not really have it.
"Lactose intolerance went mainstream with far above the counter drugs leading to a lot of self-diagnosis," Sonpal said. "However, it is important to see a doctor and get a complete test to see if there is nothing more serious going on."
You have unexpectedly gained or lost weight recently.
Obesity or weight loss can also be a potential indication that your stomach problems are not really due to lactose intolerance. According to the researchers, weight gain can be due to food sensitivities, according to Nusbaum, while weight loss can mean more significant than lactose intolerance.
You're also constipated.
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If you are not dealing with something like diarrhea, but besides there are many symptoms of lactose intolerance, it can actually be a condition like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). WebMD noted that when it comes to IBS, you may experience constipation, "mucus in your stool," or feel like you can just walk as much as you need. The seemingly small difference in symptoms can be a big difference when it comes to diagnosis.
You've lost your appetite.
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If you experience painful symptoms regularly, you may expect that it may be difficult to eat or have a lot of appetite. Still, if you experience a loss of appetite, it may not be lactose intolerance. According to Healthline, loss of appetite is a symptom that can be associated with Crohn's disease, but not related to lactose intolerance. So if you lose your appetite, talking to your doctor, specialist, or other professional can help you determine if your symptoms are actually signs of something else.
If you do not really have lactose intolerance after all, there are a number of other things that can be the one that causes your symptoms. Getting to the root of the problem is what matters most.
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