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.