Good bye, buddy ol' pal.....sniff......
Guys. I'm going through a major relationship crisis right now. I think that one of my most favorite food buddies and I simply must part ways and it's not going to be pretty.
You know how I've been wah wah wah-ing about my cranky innards? And that I've been thinking that I just don't tolerate wheat, and fresh fruit, and vegetables?
I had it completely wrong. I tolerate all those things just fine and dandy. It's when I consume any kind of dairy product that things get messy.
Dairy. Me. A hay-seed farm girl that grew up milking cows in America's Dairyland. Who went to the bank during the month of June with my mom every chance I got because June is DAIRY month and they gave away free chocolate milk at the bank. Who considers ice cream a therapeutic food group. Who thought she couldn't live without cheese. Who.....
Well. You get the idea. Lactaid pills help me tolerate smallish amounts of milk and dairy; but the vanilla milkshake (large) that I inhaled yesterday just because Bev bought it specifically for me sealed the deal. I reluctantly came to the conclusion that there isn't enough Lactaid in the whole stinkin' universe to make a large milkshake and me happy at the same time.
WAH WAH WAH!
I know from hearing from all of you that food intolerances in Sjogren's is a very common thing; and I also know that often dairy is the culprit, so this should be no surprise but I'm still amazed that it took me months and months and months to draw this conclusion.
But there's no denying that when I omit any and all things dairy, my insides are much happier. So there we have it.
How can I tell my PARENTS? Oh, the shame of it all........
It appears that I'm not the only sjoggie that had to go separate ways with dairy. Read this study entitled Cow's milk protein sensitivity assessed by the mucosal patch technique is related to irritable bowel syndrome in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy in 2008:
Patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) are reported to have a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms partly attributed to an overrepresentation of celiac disease. We have observed that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)-like symptoms are frequent complaints in this patient group. Allergic manifestations to various drugs are also common in pSS. A role of food allergy in IBS has been proposed.
This study is aimed at evaluating the mucosal response to rectal challenge with cow's milk protein (CM) in patients with pSS and relates possible CM reactivity to their intestinal symptoms......continue reading here.