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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 Fri 04-Oct-13 14:40:49

Definitely but the severity of your reaction suggests that you might be wise to seek medical advice, rather than just assuming it's an intolerance.

I developed hayfever in my late 30s, much to my utter disgust, so all sorts of things can trigger an allergy/intolerance at any age, regardless of how well you tolerated them before.

Hemlet Fri 04-Oct-13 14:42:23

Yes my husband was diagnosed with coeliac disease a couple of years ago. No more beer! Well, apart from the stuff that costs a billion quid.

Do get yourself checked as others have suggested.

cardamomginger Fri 04-Oct-13 15:01:14

Yes you can. And you can develop food allergies too. I developed nut allergy in my 20s and gluten and lactose intolerance in my 30s. In my case, the latter may be related to an autoimmune problem.

cardamomginger Fri 04-Oct-13 15:01:44

And get yourself to a doctor.

MimiSam Fri 04-Oct-13 15:54:41

Happened to me too. In my mid 30's, I began to have daily, crippling headaches. Had lots of investigations, up to and including a brain scan for tumours, but it turned out to be an intolerance to cheese and chocolate - both of which I had eaten all my life til then. I cut them out completely for a while, then gradually reintroduced them and everything went back to normal. It was weird, and scary, while it lasted.

ppeatfruit Fri 04-Oct-13 15:55:56

I follow my blood type (Dr. Peter D'Adamo) and it's fascinating how many foods are ok for some types and not others. E.G. apples are fine for A types but an avoid for O types.

FavoriteThings Fri 04-Oct-13 16:08:58

Just had a brief look at him ppeatfruit. I am a [-]. He doesnt seem to cater for me!?

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.

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

Thumbwitch Is another follower or WAS how are you? grin

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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...

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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