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Alley
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posted 08-25-1999 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've probably always linked IBS and Lactose Intolerance together. Does anyone know if and how they interact. Can you have one without the other?
I'd like to hear your inputs.

silver
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posted 08-25-1999 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure everybody who is lactose intolerant have IBS. So I dont think they are linked but milk give alot of people problems and since our bowels and stomach are already upset, it doesn't take much to add to the upset. Just a thought.

moldie
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posted 08-25-1999 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think you can be lactose intolerant and not have IBS as my mother-in-law and my husband have this and they do not have IBS. You are just lacking in the enzyme (lactase) that breaks down lactose (the milk sugar). That is not to say, however, that you can't have both together as many do here.

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posted 08-26-1999 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for flux   Click Here to Email flux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Studies on individuals claiming lactose intolerance have found they can stand up to two glasses of milk a day with no symptoms from lactose. It is believed that lactose intolerance is really due to IBS and not lactose.

chrisseese
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posted 08-27-1999 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chrisseese   Click Here to Email chrisseese     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is possible to have one without the other as far as having IBS and not be lactose intolerant. I am able to eat dairy products, unfortunately, without it affecting my IBS in any way.

Chris

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posted 08-27-1999 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for flux   Click Here to Email flux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The studies I mentioned point to the notion that lactose intolerance and IBS are really one in the same thing.

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