Hi, I've read many times on this forum that going gluten free and dairy free often helps people with autoimmune issues. I have recently, by a bizarre coincidence (A2 milk reduced in my local supermarket) discovered that I might have an issue with milk protein.
I have been afflicted for some weeks with a recurrent sore, swollen belly. It comes on in the mornings, about an hour or so after eating, and I'm stuck with it all day. I couldn't figure out what was causing it, but it's been very debilitating. Buscopan doesn't shift it and Wind-eze style tablets make no impression. Nor do antacids. In short, nothing was helping except mint tea. I put it down to some kind of gastritis caused by eating dark chocolate (my gut's not a fan!) and took chocolate out my diet, with no success - the pain has persisted.
However, recently, after having said A2 milk on a (rare) bowl of breakfast cereal, I suddenly found there was no pain. Just zero, nil, and this pain has been with me for weeks as a constant background 'noise'.
Of course, this is correlation not causation, as other things could be the issue (I had cornflakes, not wheat, for example) but it was so striking I wondered if there was something to milk protein being a problem.
A2 milk is specifically about avoiding indigestible milk proteins, not lactose, so this isn't a lactose issue, but I just wondered if there is a relationship between wheat proteins and milk proteins. If there is, then that would explain a lot, my usual breakfast of toast and an egg containing both wheat and dairy.
Anyway, I thought I would ask here, since so many of you follow gluten and dairy-free diets, if there might be an overall protein issue here. I'd also be grateful for any information on how wheat and dairy proteins are connected, and what might actually be going on. I've had a look on the internet but all the stuff about milk proteins tends to be about allergy in infants, and it's obsessed with diarrhoea. I have a chronic constipation problem (although I have been getting associated diarrhoeal issues with this sore gut, which I won't detail!), which I see occurs in some infants with milk protein allergy, but children seem to grow out of this, rather than the situation I might have here, of developing it in (late!) adulthood.
For the record, in case it's relevant, I am taking Levothyroxine, Loratadine (antihistamine) and Carbamazepine (anticonvulsant).
Thanks in advance for any light you can shed....