Can you suddenly develop an intolerance to certain foods?

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OrchidLass Fri 04-Oct-13 08:43:34

At the age of 47? I've noticed over the last week or so, if I have bread/toast or cereal with milk for breakfast I'm doubled up in pain and running to the toilet within about 15/20 minutes. I've only just realised its when I have certain things, can you suddenly just become intolerant or am I totally barking up the wrong tree?

Thumbwitch Sat 05-Oct-13 08:50:22

Thanks ppeat smile

ppeatfruit Sat 05-Oct-13 08:37:42

Thumbwitch I don't combine carbs. and protein at the same meal ie. The Hay diet and that removes all the horrible acid problems especially eating fruit on an empty stomach or only with seeds and nuts.

calamitygin Sat 05-Oct-13 07:58:18

yes you can and even allergic. A friend of mine became allergic to nuts and uncooked (but not cooked confused) fruit in her 40s.

Thumbwitch Sat 05-Oct-13 06:57:46

ppeatfruit - yes, still following it! It made such a difference to me that I'll never go off it. Although something that previously hadn't caused me bother is now giving me acid so I need to work out what. Since I started with the basics, I've had to lose a few other things along the way, so it's not very surprising if there's another "new" annoyance in there now.

Inthequietcoach Sat 05-Oct-13 00:20:10

The other point is that allergies can be aggravated by stress, so if you are under chronic and prolonged stress, it can have quite a pronounced effect on how you react to certain foods.

SuperiorCat Fri 04-Oct-13 23:47:11

DH developed an intolerance to gluten and lactose in his 40s, not made up, full on investigations with gastroscopy and endoscopy to rule out anything more sinister.

SuffolkNWhat Fri 04-Oct-13 23:45:28

My lactose intolerance started in my late teens and has got worse year after year (now 31) so yes do get yourself checked over.

frogspoon Fri 04-Oct-13 23:41:30

I have IBS and when I get a flare up, the symptoms are similar to this (bad stomach pain and diarrhoea) within an hour of eating (sometimes I haven't even finished my meal yet)

Best to go to the doctor who will rule out anything serious e.g. coeliac. After anything major is ruled out, you could try an exclusion diet to try and eliminate trigger foods.

spottyblanket Fri 04-Oct-13 23:24:57

Me too all of a sudden at 46. Angioedema and urticaria out of the blue, ever since May - just has to be my face that gets it, worse luck. Waiting for allergy testing as I haven't a clue what is causing it, I thought it was pollen but it's October now.

Littleen Fri 04-Oct-13 23:21:13

Yes you can! It could be IBS - I get that kind of reaction when eating brown bread or wholemeal rice etc, have to be very careful with complex carbs, only the ones in vegetables my stomach can cope with (IBS).

Lactose intolerance can also turn up anytime, I've had it however I started using lactofree milk (cheese doesn't have much in it at all), and then only normal milk for tea. Somehow I have managed to teach my body not to get sick from it, and now I can even eat ice cream without being ill! smile

There's thousands of things that could cause your symptoms, try some careful experimenting and see your gp for advice smile

Darkesteyes Fri 04-Oct-13 23:14:53

Posted this on the Slimming World thread last night.


I have no gall bladder so process food differently. Saw doc today She said it was colic caused by acidity in the fruit. she told me to avoid these foods.
Oranges (and anything from that family like tangerines satsumas.
Kiwi
Raspberries.
Lemons
Plums
Grapefruit
Starfruit.
And anything remotely citrussy or too acidic.

She also told me she doesnt like diet clubs when i told her people are losing bigger amounts than me.
I took my food diaries with me. She said she doesnt like these clubs because the people losing weight at a slower pace or only aiming to lose a pound a week are made to feel like failures. The consultants can put pressure on people to lose more pounds each week than their system is capable of.
She told me that half a stone was a good amount to lose in six weeks. And to keep on excsersising. She thinks the fact i am doing 12 to 15 miles a week is great and that i should keep on doing that. She also examined my stomach and chest with a stethoscope and said my tummy is working too hard because of having to process all the acid. (she was right i had the shits this morning after having raspberries in my Weetabix.) she also said the bloating would show on the scales as a gain because of the excess wind caused. So i cant win either way. So im going to go to class but do things sensibly. my weight loss will probably be slower but i dont care. My health is more important than what i look like.

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DarkesteyesThu 03-Oct-13 21:33:08

Fairygen i havent had anything high fat for TWO MONTHS.

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DarkesteyesThu 03-Oct-13 21:34:01

I avoid bananas because they also give me the same pains

Mumzy Fri 04-Oct-13 23:14:07

I became lactose intolerant immediately after the birth of ds1. When I drank a glass of milk or had it with cereal would get horrendous bloating and wind. Ok with milk in small amounts in tea though.

totallynaive Fri 04-Oct-13 23:04:46

Since January this year I have broken out in painful facial eczema whenever I consume any dairy products. It had been the first thing to exacerbate my morning sickness (which quickly became hyperemesis) and my baby had rotten reflux until I twigged and abstained till he was weaned.

Prior to the above, 41 years of being very lucky and able to eat everything.

ouryve Fri 04-Oct-13 22:45:27

Lactose intolerance is easy to rule in or out. Read labels, so you avoid lactose and milk in processed foods and only use lactofree milk/cream/yoghurts for a week or so. It's a fairly instant reaction (within a day) so easy to spot. If using lactofree doesn't help, then there's probably something else going on.

I've always been lactose intolerant, but it eased in pregnancy and hit me really strongly in my late 30s, after DS2 weaned.

I developed an allergy to kiwi all of a sudden, and now can't even touch one, let alone eat it.
I also notice that certain foods seem to give me "rifting" pain, wind, and diarrhoea pretty soon after I've eaten them. It's not always the same thing, but if I eat something "rich" or quite "stodgy" it happens, and it seems to be worse the later in the day I eat. I have to be very careful if we ever eat out in the evening confused

FunnyRunner Fri 04-Oct-13 21:26:24

What DeWe said. I had a bit of this - had to cut out bread and dairy. I was able to eat crackers but not bread, pasta etc. GP was excellent and very thorough, checked a few different things but in the end it went away after a few months of avoiding these foods. Seemed to be traceable back to a stomach bug I'd had a couple of months previously.

redrubyshoes Fri 04-Oct-13 20:20:55

I used to be doubled over with pain/trapped wind at about 2.30pm every day. I realised it was the sorbitol in the sugar free gum I chewed. Gave up the gum and never had a problem since.

I thought it was a gluten allergy after eating sandwiches at lunch.

Iamnotminterested Fri 04-Oct-13 19:57:02

I've been coeliac for years and fairly recently developed an intolerance to salmon, I ate it on three separate occasions and each time I was vomiting within a couple of hours. I used to love salmon but funnily enough I can't even look at the stuff in shops now, a bit like a bad experience partaking of too much Malibu years ago turning you right off coconuts...

Retroformica Fri 04-Oct-13 19:49:29

Yes. I developed a problem with wheat and other gluten products in my 30's

cafecito Fri 04-Oct-13 19:40:49

lactose yes, especially in later life as we stop producing the lactase enzyme that digests it -if we ever did

gluten - yes for many reasons - common and linked to many other conditions too

I became allergic to avocado after eating them for years- it's now a severe allergy. Sometimes we eat so much of something that it triggers an immune response to the antigen/foodstuff

2madboys Fri 04-Oct-13 18:03:00

If you think you have a problem with gluten try not to stop eating it completely before you see the doc. A coeliac test will give a false negative if you have already cut it out.

SueDoku Fri 04-Oct-13 17:57:15

Yes. I have always loved mushrooms, and used to eat them a lot, but in my mid-40s, I started to develop terrible stomach pains and d & v if I ate a lot of them. I can still eat casserole with a couple of mushrooms sliced into it, but things like garlic mushrooms, mushroom omelettes and large flat field mushrooms (yum..!) are completely out. sad

FavoriteThings Fri 04-Oct-13 17:43:44

I had a look at the [+] of my group, and on the whole, it was nothing like me.

ppeatfruit Fri 04-Oct-13 17:29:50

Thumbwitch Is another follower or WAS how are you? grin

ppeatfruit Fri 04-Oct-13 17:27:30

Yes the A type includes positive and negatives it's more complicated than just that but it's quite an interesting way to look at allergies I've cured mine using it.

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