Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia and Lactose Intolerance

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by:  Aimee Reese

You will find many articles, forums, and blogs on Fibromyalgia and Lactose Intolerance out there.  Those of us that have Fibromyalgia may also develop a sensitivity to lactose.  We may not be in the beginning, but it could develop later down the line.

The first thing to understand is what exactly is Lactose Intolerance.  According to webmd.com here is an overview about Lactose Intolerance:

If you have lactose intolerance, you may love milk, but your body doesn’t ― and it lets you know that when you have too much. You might have symptoms like cramps after a bowl of cereal or gas after an ice cream treat. 

Lactose is the main sugar in milk and other dairy products. If you have lactose intolerance, you can’t digest it well.  Lactose Intolerance is not curable, but there are many ways to cut your symptoms and feel better. 

What Are the Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance?

Between 30 minutes and 2 hours after eating a dairy product, you have one or more of these symptoms. They may be mild or severe.

  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Painful gas
  • Nausea

Even with lactose intolerance, you can tolerate a certain amount of lactose. This affects how quickly you have symptoms and how severe they are. Someone else may be sensitive to small amounts of foods with lactose, while you may be able to eat more before you have symptoms.

I became lactose intolerant not too long after my diagnosis.  I did completely cut out anything dairy at first to give my digestive system a bit of a break.  I slowly started introducing things back to see what I could tolerate.

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