Hi all, anybody else have/had issues with what appears to be lactose intolerance after a gastrectomy? If so, did it resolve itself?
I didn’t but I know others on this group did and I think it’s quite common. Merge did I am sure so may be do a search of previous posts.
Hi Andy ,
I had a few issues with milk in my cereal - whenever I opened a fresh bottle of milk I would have diarrhea straight away. the next day I'd have milk from the same bottle and I'd be fine! . I was able to tolerate cream , cheese, ice cream etc with no problems. I stopped having cereal , had porridge instead which was fine , I think because the milk has been cooked.
Things do settle down but I stopped having cereal because it made me feel so rough for an hour or so.
Things will get better. Hope everything else is going well for you.
I had a problem which developed about 4/5 weeks after my surgery, milk, yoghurt, cheese would give me terrible pains and diarrhoea, I could have a drop of milk in my tea though and was ok with a bit of cheddar. My surgery was just over a year ago and my dietician suggested I try again. I had a little milk the other day and have tried a few more cheeses like feta and goats cheese and also made quiche heavy in cream and cheese and had no problems. So I do believe that things seems to have resolved themselves
Lactose was a problem for me. I could cope with cheese and custard ( not together I hasten to add) but not yoghurts or milk except in a cup of tea. Cereals were a definite no, even porridge. 12 months post surgery, I still can’t tolerate milk or yoghurt. My dietician said it was quite common but she wasn’t sure why I could tolerate some but not others. Strangely, I never used to have cream pre surgery but I can and do eat it now.
The joys of our new plumbing!
Thanks all. Seems quite bit and miss....cheese Is mostly fine and yogurt is ok. Ice cream and any kind of cream aren’t. I can tolerate a tiny bit of normal milk in tea/coffee but larger amounts like for cereal are a definite no no. I’m making do with Arla lactose free milk and avoidance. Hopefully it’ll eventually resolve itself.
Only other thing I have to avoid is rice, it bloats me out horribly and is quite painful. Dietician advised me to use packet microwave rice which I’ve tried once and seems ok.
Safe payments by:
We're here to provide physical, financial and emotional support. So whatever cancer throws your way, we're right there with you.
© Macmillan Cancer Support
© Macmillan Cancer Support, registered charity in England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man
(604). Also operating in Northern Ireland. A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales company
number 2400969. Isle of Man company number 4694F. Registered office: 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7UQ. VAT no: