Am I lactose intolerant?

Hi all,

Another day another pain, I've been watching what I eat, but last night was naughty and had had crumble with custard, today I feel like rubbish, is it something to do with what I ate?, my stomach is blown out and the toilet is my best friend again today, does IBS and food intolerances go hand in hand?, any help would be so welcomed

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  • Yes, IBS is almost always caused by food intolerances. Didn't you get any information from your doctor about this when you were diagnosed?

  • No nothing!, basically I was diagnosed when I had a colonoscopy with divaticulitus, and a few months ago with IBS, his attitude is well it's a common complaint get on with it, I didn't realise it could be so debilitating, I'm at an all time low at the minute, need as much info as I can get, but don't know where to start

  • I was going to recommend that you try the FODMAP diet which has been hugely successful for me and a lot of other IBS-ers, but I hesitate to do so as I think that with diverticular disease you have to keep your fibre intake high and a FODMAP regime is the opposite. I think your best bet would be to see a different doctor if you can and ask to be referred to a dietitian.

  • I agree with the comments above regarding wheat and cows dairy avoidance. I would also avoid all rice and bananas if you have diverticulitus.

  • Thank you, I didn't realise how hard it would be to get your diet right, I will be seeing a dietician on Monday, so fingers crossed I get some answers



  • I see lots of contradictory advice. Rice and bananas are good for D and OK for diverticulitis according to Arthur White. My daughter completely cured her painful (misdiagnosed for years) following the plan in "Diverticulitis" by Arthur White. Good idea to check out FODMAPS. I have IBS C so it relieved my painful lower ab pain but MORE C. So should be good for D! It helped me decide what foods to avoid and what to use sparingly. good luck! I hate to give up sweets :(

  • Ask your GP for a lactose blood test it's a hospital one for this as you have to drink a lactose solution I had this done and it came back boarderline so I cut dairy out of my diet and have found it a big help. Also I can recommend trying mulitibionta vitality tis has multi vitaming has a probiotic in it and I find it very beneficial. Good luck :)

  • That last bit was meant to read this multi vitamin has a probiotic in it.

  • Oh yeah IBS and diet go hand in hand..Im following a gluten, wheat and lactose free diet but also cutting the obvious foods that produce gass like onion, leek, garlic, beans and pulses etc etc feel so much better than i used to.

    Im starting the low fodmap diet properly when i see the dietician next week.

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