Stomach Issues and Gluten Sensitivity

by Brittney
(Gastonia, NC, USA)

I was reading around your site and thought you might be able to give me some advice on all the stomach issues I am having. Some of the details are yucky but thanks for reading.

I have been somewhat lactose intolerant for the majority of my life. I was on soy formula as a baby and either didn't use milk products or consumed them very sparingly throughout elementary and middle school. In high school and early college years I could not have ice cream or milk without having lots of gas and sometimes diarrhea. I was able to avoid ice cream or eat non-diary products that were similar and use organic milk. This helped a great deal and stomach issues were rare.

Fast forward to later college years and this no longer helped so I started using lactaid products and taking lactose pills when I couldn't avoid dairy. This still only applied to milk and ice cream. I was fine with yogurt, processed cheeses, butter, etc. Then earlier this year (March) I began to have so many stomach problems. I went to a more bland diet and cut out all dairy except the lactaid milk.

I still had lots of diarrhea. I went to the doctor she said it was either IBS or a rare strain of a virus. After taking the antibiotics it continued on but at an odd pace. Somedays I would feel bloated, some days I would be fine and other days I would have nasty diarrhea and/or constipation followed by the opposite stomach issue the next day.

She said well then it's IBS just stay away from dairy and eat
bland foods. I am very stubborn and said well I will eat what I want and just suffer. But it got to be too much so I started watching what I eat very closely. I don't eat fast food other than salads and subway. I only use lactaid milk. I do not use any other products with lactose in them. I rarely fry anything at home. I cook at home a lot to avoid foods out in restaurants. I still find myself with almost daily stomach problems and not eating or taking pepto/immodium several times a week. In the last six weeks I have been very frustrated. I have a lot of mucus in the stool.

Almost every time I go to the bathroom to urinate I have to have a bm too but a vast majority is this mucus. It has a foul smell and is jelly like and yellowish or brownish in color. My bms are almost all liquid and the mucus. I have also begun to have some accidents. I can feel the urge to go BM and cannot make it across the house in time.

I also frequently pass the mucus when passing gas. Today for example from 12:35 am until now (9:02 pm) I have been BM approximately 12-15 times. And it no longer matters what I eat. It all does the same things to me. Do you have any ideas where I should begin? Do you think it's something to do with gluten?

With not having health insurance it's nice to be able to rule things out before starting a large bill at the doctors office.
Thanks so much,


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Why are you consuming dairy...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Brittany,

My question for you is, "Why are you consuming dairy at all in any amount with or without lactaid?"

Stop consuming dairy. It is obviously a problem for you as you mentioned the lifetime of problems with it. It has likely been causing inflammation in your intestines for many years and that continual years and years of inflammation and damage is catching up to you.

I would also suggest that you read the information on my Gluten Sensitivity page. You said that you had been reading around my site and you put this question at the bottom of one of the gluten pages so I'm not sure why you are confused about whether you should try out a gluten free diet or not.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

IBS and gluten
by: Heather

Hi Brittney,

I also have had similar problems that you have described all of my life. A friend told me about trying to go gluten free and see if it helps my diagnosed "IBS".

I felt better within just a few days.

The easiest way to do it for me is buy foods that has an ingredient list that I Know and understand, fresh meat and produce, and specifically gluten free salad dressing or balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Hope this helps. I know how cumbersome, embarrassing, and painful chronic tummy troubles can be.

There have been times when I had to stay home to be close to the bathroom! However, I am now free from that.

i really need help
by: betty ross

i have had this problem for four years now, no doctor wants to help me, swollen tum is the worst now i am so scared to eat much when i do eat bsomething with gluten or dairy in it maybe lactose I pay the price i have already had vitamin D shots because I wasn`t processing my food properly yet, they say i am not celiac or gluten intolerance i have had all the tests, so now i am too scared to go back to the doctor because they are going to say there is nothging wrong, I don`t know what to do anymore and hope that noone could be going through as much discompfort and pain as I do.

The mucus thing
by: Lucky

I was hoping someone would address the mucus in the stool. I've had this for a few years now...comes and goes...sometimes it comes and stays for a few weeks. My gastroenterologist said I was just lactose intolerant. He had done a test for celiac's and said I wasn't allergic to gluten. So I switched to Lactaid, consumed far less milk products (and those with the lactaid pills) but then discovered that I had no problem with regular milk or ice cream or other dairy...there didn't seem to be any correlation with milk products and the on/off diarrhea/ constipation. I went for nearly 3 years with the diarrhea with lots of that mucus a previous commenter mentioned before I saw the gastroenterologist. So does anyone know what the mucus is about?

Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance
by: Kerri Knox, The Immune System Queen

You can still have a problem with gluten if you test negative for Celiac. Please read my page on Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance- and get off the gluten.

I highly recommend that you get help so that you do not make the 'rookie mistakes' that most people make, like increasing the amount of non-gluten grains that most people are sensitive to that end up making you feel just as bad!

I recommend that you get the comprehensive 30 Day Paleo Diet Challenge. The Paleolithic Diet is really the healthiest gluten free diet that you can be on, and this will teach you how to go gluten free- the right way!

Kerri Knox, RN

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