Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Could things get any worse?

I swear sometimes I think the world is out to get me. Not only am I stuck with the diet of a toddler but then I pile on a tonne of weight in large part due to having helicobacter and no one believing me. Then because the helicobacter went untreated for so long its left me with GI issues that will likely persist for the rest of my life, the medication will no doubt also be life long. My life has been super depressing recently and now it looks like I might be lactose intolerant!

Seriously, like I need any more limitations in my diet!

A few years back when what we now know was actually helicobacter started, the GP toyed with the idea of a food intolerance. I dismissed it since my diet never changes (the one good thing about SED, you never eat a new food) and my symptoms were never associated with eating a particular food - just with eating in general. I did however try a few elimination diets, had no success and went back to my usual toddler-style eating within a few weeks.

Over the last few months however I have noticed that whenever I eat a lot of dairy my stomach plays up. It needs to be quite a bit though, I can drink a late with no issues but if I have something with a creamy sauce or maybe have breakfast cereal my stomach starts playing up. The old idea of a food intolerance has entered my head again. The GP at the time suspected lactose as being the culprit, I think purely because its the most common food intolerance going but I wonder if he was right all along.

I tested my theory, yesterday I had no dairy at all and guess what my stomach was fine. Today I had milk in my cereal and my stomach played up. Now I know that one days testing is not enough - usually medics recommend a two week elimination period to see if there is improvement so I stepped up my plan by purchasing lots of lacto free products at the supermarket tonight. I will see how it goes this week.

I don't know if I'm just clutching at straws here but something is not right, I just hope I don't have helicobacter again!

So much of what I eat is dairy. I love cheese and have recently taken to yogurt so I can have a healthy breakfast at work - sure you can get lactose free versions of these things but with SED a different brand or food having a different texture can make such a huge difference to my ability to eat the food that I am so worried. Ive only found one yogurt I can eat so far and I might need to change it already - this is pretty frightening actually, although I cant say I have noticed an issue with yogurt, how strange, maybe because I only take a tiny bit?

This really is the last thing I need.


  1. Hey hon, don't lose heart. I have two colleagues and a best friend who are intolerant of just about everything between them. Gluten, wheat, lactose, dairy, additives...they're all still with me and more than that, one of the colleagues is pregnant and will no doubt have a child with similar dietary needs as it runs in her family. She's been expanding my tastes too, because gluten and lactose free foods are really delicious. Chocolate brownies with nothing much else added are AMAZING. Alpro is yummy (chocolate and hazelnut ice cream) and most major supermarkets provide a wide range of random 'free from' products, you just need to read the labels. Good luck, keep blogging and let us all know how you get on, please?

  2. The lacto free stuff actually isn't half bad. The milk tastes just like regular really, the butter was ok although not a patch on real butter but definitely tolerable.