Posts Tagged ‘Health’

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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People who tell me what’s good for me

January 20, 2011 15 comments

Okay, there’s been enough “or not” days, it’s time for a rant today!Things in life I find annoying

What I find annoying are people who have no understanding of what it’s like to live with Crohn’s Disease and food sensitivities, yet insist on telling me what foods are good for me. This is what’s bugging me today!

There are plenty of foods which are good for you but not for me. Why? I don’t know.

The doctors don’t know. I’ve given up trying to figure it out, I just accept it and adjust my diet.

Yet, people still want to question my choice in food.

Why don’t you eat whole grain bread it’s good for you? It may be good for you but it’s not for me. I used to eat whole wheat bread, but now I’ve come to realize that causes me pain, yet eating a plain white bagel is fine. Why? I don’t know.

Just over a year ago, I really wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t figure out why. It seemed like everything I ate caused me pain. It was so painful, I could barely walk. After fiddling around with my diet for weeks, I determined that the cheese I was eating was causing me pain. I love my cheese! But I hate the pain. No more cheese in my diet. Why? I don’t know.

I would also be questioned about drinking whole milk instead of 2%. Whole milk is better for me because it has more fat and more calories and being skinny I need all I can get. But recently I found that milk causes me extreme pain, not all dairy products, just milk. I can now eat cheese and have butter, but not milk. Why? I don’t know.

Things in life I find annoyingNow one thing you guys don’t know about me is that I’m a caffeine addict. Yes, I am addicted to coffee, don’t ask my how many cups a day I have. I refuse to count them. Do not take my coffee away from me. I like drinking my coffee with 2 sugars and 1 milk, but I’ve had to start drinking it without the milk. It’s not bad, it’s just not the same. But every once in a while, I give myself a treat and add some Kahlua or Tia Maria. Now that’s flavoured coffee!!

I wish I had the answers. Doctors don’t have any answers for me, but still people want to question me on my choice of foods. They know I’ve lived with Crohn’s Disease for 30 years and have always watched my diet. I know what my body is telling me and I don’t need people telling me what’s good for me.

This is what’s bugging me today!

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