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Feeling Too Sick To Do Anything

February 10, 2011 23 comments

milk, lactose, intolerance, annoyingI haven’t been feeling too good this week and I’m pretty sure I know why. It does look like I’m lactose intolerant. This is what’s bugging me today!

Back in December I wasn’t feeling too good and didn’t know why but I had a feeling it might be the milk. I finished what I had and didn’t bother to pick up some fresh milk. Over the next few days I started feeling better and decided to stay off the milk for a few weeks. The terrible cramps, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and extreme pain disappeared.

Now I needed to make sure of this, so this past weekend I picked up a litre of milk and had been drinking small amounts just in my coffee. And Monday I used about 2 oz of milk in a meal I prepared. At first I didn’t even like the taste of milk in my coffee. In just 5 short weeks I got used to drinking my coffee with just sugar.

Monday evening I started feeling a little discomfort but it wasn’t too bad. Tuesday the pain got worse and by Wednesday morning I was in absolute agony. No amount of pain killers could ease the pain. I spent most of yesterday sleeping with a heating pad on my stomach since that seems to ease the pain somewhat. I think I’ve slept more over the past 24 hours than I’ve been awake.

But this morning, most of the pain is gone and I haven’t needed to take anything for it. It’s still uncomfortable but I’m trying to make sure that I don’t overdo it with the pain relief.

I’ve done some checking and to be properly tested for lactose intolerance I would have to drink a liquid that is high in lactose. After the pain I’ve been through and my own little experiment I will settle for that and skip the test for now. At this point, just the thought of experiencing that pain again has turned me off milk.

I know there are products available for those finding themselves lactose intolerant, but from what I’ve managed to read they don’t always agree with everyone. The side effects are sometimes worse than actually drinking the milk.

With my Crohn’s and COPD I am not willing to try anything new right now and have made the decision to just not drink milk. I would like to be pain-free for a while.

This is what’s bugging me today!


Quote for today

One of the most sublime experiences we can ever have is to wake up feeling healthy after we have been sick.
Rabbi Harold Kushner

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