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Part 1. My First Experience with Lactose Intolerance, about 1997 through 2011.

Many years ago, I experienced gas and upset stomach after consuming large amounts of dairy products. After discussing it with my mother, she informed me that I must be Lactose Intolerant, as she was also. “What did that mean”, I asked. People with lactose intolerance can’t digest lactose, a sugar in milk. The lactose (that you can’t digest) sits in the gut causing bloating, cramps, diarrhea, gas, and nausea. Her answer was simple, I needed to take a small pill (called lactase) before consuming any dairy products and such as milk and ice cream.
I took the pills for a month and stopped (I dislike taking pills). For many years, I never noticed any major problems related to dairy other than the occasional upset stomach or diarrhea. I assumed that “Dr. Mom’s” diagnosis was wrong, as I was still eating ice cream (regularly) and drinking (skim) milk (occasionally), but having problems only on an occasional basis.
During this same period of years, I was diagnosed by the family physician as having “acid reflux”, and told that I would need to take medicine daily to control it. The medicine at that time was over $100/mo. And just like before, I stopped after one month because of the cost and my lack of willingness to take medicine forever. But more importantly, the problems that led me to the doctor visit in the first place had vanished and I was not having the same issues.

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