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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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    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
    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
    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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    3077 days ago
    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.

    3077 days ago
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    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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