I wonder if what I am now experiencing is lactose intolerance and how long I could be expected to have symptoms. I am 55 yrs. old- over the past 6 yrs or so I have noticed if I drink a full glass of milk- I would have some stomach upset- not too serious but not feeling good .
So, I would use 1/2cup water, 1/2cup milk for hot chocate.And generally have no issue if I just did this one time a day. Cheese or some milk in cooked items has not been a problem. Actually I hadn't thought I was lacto intolerant, I just thought milk upset my stomach. This past summer, I was trying to get my calcium through dairy products and like a fool started drinking 2 cups of milk a day. This brought on a massive bout of illness, that I thought may have been an intestinal flu or something. I didn't connect the dots and my doc did alot of tests for bacteria, parasites-nothing showed up , he didn't talk to me about dairy or lactose intolerance and I didn't bring it up.I would even have my milk each day. It took several weeks and alot of reading to put the pieces together. I had read if you do get a flu bug, it may possibly damage your stomach lining and you may become lactose intolerant and this may or may not be permanent. So, I got over the illness and had no milk for awhile. After several months of no issues and no milk, I decided to have a full cup of milk for hot chocolate (I just didn't think I was really lactose intolerant or maybe I would now be ok) and now I have been having diarrhea for 5 days. On day 2, I took a children's dose of immodium a/d and may again today. My question is , for those who know about lactose intolerance---Could one cup of milk 6 days ago, and no lactose since then except what little is in my yogurt, still be causing diarrhea?????????