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Can lactose intolerance cause frequent localized pain in upper left abdomen. I get irritable bowel from milk but also have constant left rib pain?

Can lactose intolerance cause frequent localized pain in upper left abdomen.  I get irritable bowel from milk but also have constant left rib pain?

Costalchondritis: Constant left "rib pain" likely unrelated to the GI tract, lactose or other. More likely chest wall pain (look up "costochondritis"), or entrapped nerve pain (in this case, left t8, look up acnes - abdominal cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome). ...Read more

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Lactose (Definition)

Found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two smaller sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. In order for lactose to be absorbed from the intestine and into the body, it must first be split into glucose and galactose. The glucose and galactose are then absorbed by the cells lining the small intestine. The enzyme that splits lactose into glucose ...Read more


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Upper abdominal pain, worse sitting/standing. Like lactose intolerance but for two days. Comes and goes, pain is sharp. Diarrhea. Not tender to touch.

Upper abdominal pain, worse sitting/standing. Like lactose intolerance but for two days. Comes and goes, pain is sharp. Diarrhea. Not tender to touch.

Hard to say: Sorry but this is tough to answer "online" do you have fever? is there blood in the diarrhea? have you had any stomach/intestinal issues in the past? does anyone else @home have same symptoms? if the answers to above are No....Try eating "lightly"over next 24hrs. i..no dairy spicy foods etc...be sure to drink water/teas etc so you don't get dehydrated....if no improvement, see your Dr.. Good luc ...Read more

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Bloody watery stools, cramps and abdominal pain as well as loss of appetite.Lactose intolerance or something else? Treated for c diff 4 weeks ago

Bloody watery stools, cramps and abdominal pain as well as loss of appetite.Lactose intolerance or something else? Treated for c diff 4 weeks ago

Gastroenteritis: You need an examination and testing to determine the true answer/diagnosis. It may be infectious (viral or bacterial -?Recurrence of c-diff), but would not likely be lactose intolerance as you described the symptoms. Get eval as stated to be safe. Good luck. ...Read more

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Upper right abdominal discomfort after i binge drink, what could it be?

Upper right abdominal discomfort after i binge drink, what could it be?

A helpful hint: Sounds like one of many reasons to stop binge drinking. A very unhealthy and risky pracitice. ...Read more

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Throughout the day I have upper right abdominal discomfort. It's not a pain so what else could it be?

Throughout the day I have upper right abdominal discomfort. It's not a pain so what else could it be?

After eating?: You may have gallbladder dysfunction with or without having gallstones. If avoiding fat in your diet helps, it may be the gallbladder. If eating makes it worse... Then it may be the gallbladder. An ultrasound may find stones. A scan we call the hida can demonstrate the function and test if the pain is coming from the gallbladder. May be worth pursuing. Some people may have nausea alone. ...Read more

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have a lump on the right upper quadrant.I have it from 3 yrs. now feeling abdominal discomfort nd it aches a bit if a talk continuously standing?

 have a lump on the right upper quadrant.I have it from  3 yrs. now feeling abdominal discomfort nd it aches a bit if a talk continuously standing?

Hard to say,: Depending on the size and feel, this could be a warning sign for serious pancreatic disease. You should get an appointment with your primary physician sooner than later. ...Read more

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I'm lactose intolerant, greasy food bothers me stomach and processed foods cause me abdominal pain what kind of diet do you recommend?

I'm lactose intolerant, greasy food bothers me stomach and processed foods cause me abdominal pain what kind of diet do you recommend?

See a dietician...: ...For an individualized meal plan, but you've already identified what food groups to minimize--lactose, excessive fats, ; products that are highly processed. This leaves you fresh fruits/vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, etc--in other words, a healthy diet! you may also be able to tolerate lactose with use of lactase supplements. Happy shopping! ...Read more

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I've been having a lot of abdominal cramping and upset stomachs. Are these signs of being lactose intolerant?

I've been having a lot of abdominal cramping and upset stomachs. Are these signs of being lactose intolerant?

Possible: Lactose intolerance results from the inability to fully digest lactose. The sugar is then fermented by bacteria in the intestines which produce excess gas and acidic stool. The acid and osmotic load results in diarrhea. The gas and extra fluid in the bowel cause cramping. So, yes, it is possible. ...Read more

Dr. Bhavin Patel
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Lactose Intolerance (Definition)

Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy products. Lactose intolerance develops when the small intestine does not make enough of an enzyme called lactase. The body needs this enzyme to digest lactose. This is not a milk allergy, but instead an intolerance with gastrointestinal symptoms of crampy abdominal pain, gassiness and diarrhea worse with increasing ...Read more


Dr. Bhavin Patel
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Milk Intolerance (Definition)

Milk intolerance (lactose intolerance), is a condition where a person's body does not produce enough of the enzyme lactase, which works to digest the milk sugars. Without this enzyme, the milk sugar goes undigested, which can cause ...Read more