I had my lactose tolerance test today and "failed."
The GI office that administered the test had a very modern setup. Instead of drawing blood, they had me blow into a tube, drink a lactose solution (which tasted like water to me), and then blow into a tube two more times an hour each apart. What they measured was the hydrogen in my breath.
I was told that I "tested positive for lactose intolerance, which means I am allergic to milk and dairy products." Is there more than one type of lactose intolerance? Just curious.
I was actually surprised, considering that I substituted milk with soy milk for a couple of weeks last year, and actually felt worse. My understanding of how many foods contain lactose was very limited until the lady who did the test today gave me a sheet listing them.
I went out and bought Fast Acting Lactaid tablets. In fact, I got two boxes since they were half off. However, my goal is to try and eliminate as much dairy from my diet as possible. I am going to try and drink Lactaid milk (I'm a big cereal eater), since I cannot tolerate soy milk. Anyone have luck with rice milk? and yes, I realise that some cereals contain lactose right in the flakes themselves (such as Special K).
I asked the lady who administered the test if I should go through with my other tests and she said yes, as there could still be other things going on. I also asked her if I should see a dietician, and she said no, as I could probably eliminate these foods on my own.
After the test, I went to work. I ate:
- a grilled chicken sandwich from a vending machine (had mayonnaise or tartar sauce, which I wiped off)
- four ears of corn (at home for dinner, with Parkay squeeze spread and salt. I checked the ingredients and didn't see any milk products or other lactose-containing ingredients)
After that, I went shopping. While I was at the shopping centre, I had two really bad attacks of D. They came on with great urgency and were pure liquid. I almost felt like I was going to be incontinent with the second attack. Even though I had no lactose today other than the solution I ingested for the test (about a cup), why did I have such bad D??? I haven't had this bad an attack since before I started the Citrucel.