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dietary nightmare - eggs and lactose - IBS

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Over the past couple of years something has been happening in the old digestive system. Firstly, I suffered a severe bout of food poisoning due to bad chicken. It was fully diagnosed through samples and blood tests and had a long name. Treated with antibiotics I eventually got over it.

Following that I suffered bouts of diarrhea, infrequent and not often enough to be a problem. Slowly, slowly these bouts became more frequent until, finally, after about 2 years I was stuck in the house until early afternoon until my stomach calmed down. I did seek medical advice and had various tests including the stool test for colon cancer and allergy tests. Nothing.

On the advice of my doctor I started eliminating certain foods, the first being my boiled egg for breakfast. Result, after a few days the symptoms calmed down and I thought I had solved the problem. Slowly the symptoms returned and I was told there was egg in margarine so I swapped for soya marge. Then it came down to egg being in practically everything even if it is just an egg wash. The final conclusion is that I cannot eat marge, mayo, pastry, puddings, everything that eggs might have been near.

End of problem, no, unfortunately not. I have now become lactose intolerant. No butter, cheese, milk, cream. Not only can I not have my boiled egg and toast but cannot have a cup of tea (with milk) to go with it. I have solved most of the lactose problems by using soya products and eating sheep or goats cheese.

Left to my own devises I can manage the problem in my own kitchen but I am a nightmare of a guest or in a restaurant. On the up side, most of my intolerances cause me to cut out fatty foods like cheese, cream etc. Also on the upside, if I want to lose a couple of pounds I just have a boiled egg for breakfast and lock myself in the toilet for a couple of days - only joking.

Is there anyone else out there suffering the same problems and how do you cope. I think another name for this is IBS and my tummy can become sensitive to anything in the future or suddenly tolerate something it couldnt in the past.
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  • AEGISHOT
    A particular brand of milk gives me this intolerance and of course as innocent as it looks, water melon gives me more problem than benefits.
    3050 days ago
  • GLOMER
    Sending you healing thoughts. My Grandson has the same thing but add in anything with high fructose corn syrup and gerd. He is a mess if he eats anything most of the time.
    So I know how miserable you can get. Hugs to you and hope you can find lots of good healthy things to eat.
    3077 days ago
  • SUNSHINE-GIRL
    Firstly I dodnt believe in IBS as such, it is a catch all for a delicate stomach and covers lots of things like bloating, diahhrea, constipation etc. My doctor doesnt call it IBS. BUT after writing my blog I decided to look on the IBS Team and the first post I found was about probiotics. The posters were all talking about the same thing - eggs and dairy. I have heard that probiotics are good for a dodgy stomach but as a supplement these are normally found in yoghurts or milk products. Having been on the site I have now found out you can buy probiotic in tablet form but take care to get the lactose free version. I will blog again when I have received them and given them a fair go.

    I am about to have a lazy Sunday brunch of fish in breadcrumbs in a sandwich. I am sure the fish will have been dipped in egg to make the breadcrumbs stick, so, hey ho, I will be stuck in the house tomorrow. emoticon
    3077 days ago
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  • MEADSBAY
    My mom developed IBS during the last 15 yrs or so of her life-had to eliminate more and more foods- and I feel like I may be slowly heading in that direction- after a lifetime of having a 'cast iron stomach'.
    thnx for sharing your experience.
    Hope you find what works for you.

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    3077 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5788525
    I can surely sympathize with you!! I do not have any food allergies that I know of, but I can relate to getting older and feeling many things that now affect my body and how I feel. I just hope to remain healthy as I age and hope to deal with the evils that come about. I wish you much success in dealing with your problems. I know that it cannot be easy.
    3078 days ago
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