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    Amanda, thanks for the suggestion about soy. Unfortunately, soy is a major trigger for my asthma, so I can't have any beyond a small bit of soy sauce in marinades.

    I'm amazed at how many of us who have lupus/AI also have lactose intolerance. And how it hits suddenly, as you said, Saysusie. There must be a connection then. And Sandy, interesting point about how we really should be lactose intolerant scientifically.

    I saw my rheumy yesterday, and it was a good appointment. She agreed with me on the Plaquenil, saying that I need to listen to my body, and if I feel better on it, she has no problem with me staying on it as long as I keep up my eye exams every 3 months, which I do. She was fine about the Evoxac too, saying that unfortunately, some people just can't handle it, and I must be one of those people.

    She too is lactose intolerant, and just said to get the Lactaid tablets, and take them with a glass of milk. She told me a really funny story about her experience with this ...she was stopped by a police officer for speeding when she needed DESPERATELY to get to a restroom. He could tell she was honest by the smell in the car, and he ended up escorting her (lights, sirens, and all!) to the nearest gas station! So this week I'm off to get Lactaid and start experimenting. I think I'm having withdrawls from milk - V8 and orange juice weren't quite the same this morning!
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    Oh Cheryl...so sorry you're doing without your milk. I'm intolerant of a lot of things on my gut but most notorious is milk. Even the lactose free stuff and the tablets. And as it did for others, I too had it hit over night. I have ibs which went into remission, but never with the milk...or ice cream...

    Have you tried the rice milks? I haven't tried those myself yet...I'm just now getting used to soy milks but sometimes it seems like they're a little rich on my gut. I think I may try the rice milk this week now that I have a new med that's helping me out more.

    Your rheumy sounds wonderful! Not one I've visited yet has gave a hoot about my tummy issues.

    I have a friend that thought she was having the same problems but it turned out it was an infection which was cleared up with medication. I hope your troubles with milk are solved quickly and easily.

    Oh and that's an awful but funny way to get out of a ticket...poor woman. lol.
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    Lactaid milk is also good. Tastes exactly like real milk.
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    Yes it does..I use it all of the time. Also, I eat Tofu ice cream (no cream) as well as Soy Ice Cream..they come in lots of flavors and taste delicious. Also, soy and Tofu cheeses are delicious.
    There are many dairy substitutes available where you don't really have to deny yourself anything!

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    When i first started getting ill with gastroparesis, my beloved milk would never stay down and I stopped drinking it. When I thought I was having a better tummy day, I would try a little bit and did ok--some days.

    I don't know if it's GP or SLE causing my intolerance but sometimes I do ok and other times I don't. Weird.

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    word of caution with the pills - use 1 at a time with a serving size (actually measured) of what you are eating and STAY AT HOME until you know how it works for you! Lactaid pills did not work for me my first few years with lactose intolerance and I had to completely purge lactose products from my system before weaning back onto them s-l-o-w-l-y. You might also find that you are only intolerant to certain lactose products. For example, my brother can eat ice cream and 1 slice of pizza but more then that or milk is no good for him whereas I can't even eat too much chocolate or cream cheese or sour cream and took a long time to wean myself back onto them.

    Saysusie is right - there are lots of yummy dairy free products available. More without soy then before too.
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    have you had your gallbladder out? it sounds like it might be a gallbladder problem...it has a huge involvement of breaking down the fats in fried foods, dairy products, and things of that sort. anyway, something to look into...
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    Not to get OT completely, but I just wanted to add to the discussion for anyone interested this website...
    http://www.helpforibs.com/

    I haven't tried her products but her advice has been a huge help. She has a lot of interesting stuff to read.

    Saysusie, or anyone...which brand Tofu ice creams do you think taste the best?

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    Abbas - for me, Ice cream sandwiches is tofutti's cuties & ice cream pints is Soy Dreams.
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    Abbasgirl -
    Thanks for sharing that site. It's one I never saw before for IBS. She has some good advice. She also has some products that make a lot of sense but seem a little unnecessary to buy online when you can get them locally - like the teas. Peppermint and chamomile teas (in that order) are my go-to teas that work almost immediately to help settle my stomach. Keeping a high fiber diet also helps me (when not in an IBS flare then it's low or no fiber for a little bit). Two other things I didn't see mentioned on her page that I find helpful are heating pads when crampy and probiotics like a daily acidophilus tablet.
    As long as this body works, I am going to enjoy life to the fullest for each second of every moment that I can.



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