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Okay, so I ate dairy last night in a moment of splurging and I am just aching and sick this morning as a result. I know there are good lactose pills out there, but I don't know what they are called?!<br><br>
anyone have a name and or link for me for those rare moements of weakness?!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guilty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guilty">
 

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Hrm... aching doesn't sound like lactose intolerance to me, if it was the dairy, I'd suspect it was more like a mild casien allergy - which can't be solved by lactase pills.<br><br>
Lactose intolerance is when your gut doesn't produce enough of the enzyme lactase that is needed to break down the milk sugar. It's easily managed with pills such as Lactaid that are simply lactase supplements. Unmanaged, the result is digestive disorder. I find myself running to the bathroom about a half hour after eating too much milk, ice cream or soft cheese, doing some nasty things in the potty, and my stomach calms down pretty soon after that. It's not a long-term kind of thing, because with or without the lactase to help you digest the lactose, your body passes the dairy product through fairly quickly just like any other food.<br><br>
Longer term problems, and especially aching, say to me that there is a greater problem - some kind of actual allergy, in which case it's more likely the casien. Unfortunately, there's nothing you can do about that except avoid dairy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
You might want to try raw milk - I and many other people find it's easier to digest, and many people feel the casien is easier to digest too. Goat's milk also is extremely low casien and low lactose. My daughter was sensitive to casien in my diet from about three weeks of age to three months. I couldn't eat a cookie that was made with butter. But I could eat goats milk products.
 

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I will look into that. I have noticed that the lactaid style pills do seem to help sometimes, but not always so I was hoping there was just a better pill, but it could certainly be something else. My reactions are pretty extreme if it is just lactose intollerant as I get very sick for aprox 12 hours if I eat dairy<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I guess this should be moved to health and healing!<br>
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DH feels like he has the flu at the times his body isn't producing enough lactase to digest whatever dairy he's eaten. That includes achiness and a general feeling of tiredness and illness. He very rarely eats dairy now, since there's no way to know if he's got enough lactase or not until after the fact.<br><br>
I found Lact-aid tablets and milk to be of limited helpfulness. For small amounts of dairy, they help; for large amounts, nope.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> But everybody's different, so they make work well for you. Go for it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've found that Lactaid works much better than the generic versions. It's not 100% effective, but at least I'm not curled up, moaning about intense abdominal pain after eating a bagel w/ cream cheese anymore. I eat a lot of dairy (ice cream, cheese, milk w/ my chai), and I pop a Lactaid with every meal involving dairy. I do need the extra-strength Lactaids, though (Lactaid Ultra?)<br><br>
Hope that helps!
 

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My husband can drink lactose free milk without a problem but can't handle even a tiny amount of cheese or ice cream even with extra strength tablets. I wish they helped him because he loves cheese and ice cream - goat's milk cheese and special ice cream just aren't the same for him. We sometimes wonder if the digestive difficulty will settle down somewhat when he gets out of the hopelessly stressful situation he is in right now at work.
 

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My dad does that, too, take LactAid with every meal that has dairy. I always want to ask him WHY does he eat the stuff his body obviously is telling him NOT to? I don't get that. I know it's hard to give up dairy, but the results are SO worth it!<br><br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T032400.asp" target="_blank">According to Dr. Sears</a>, goat's milk has just a little less lactose than cow's milk (4.7 for cow's milk vs. 4.1 for goat's milk). It doesn't seem like that little bit would help, but it helps my dad somewhat. My mom raises milk goats, so they have no problem getting anything they want made with goat's milk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">:<br><br>
Dh used to ITCH like CRAZY whenever he had the slightest bit of milk. I'm talking, like, a donut or a handful of Goldfish crackers. He gave up dairy and now no more itching!
 

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I don't know about you but if I eat dairy in small quantities I don't have a reaction. I would never have a glass of milk or anything like that but I can usually get away with one small portion of dairy a day (small amount of cheese on a sandwhich, few bites of ice cream). The really bad paid only starts when I've eaten dairy for several days in a row.
 
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