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?

Tee2072 Fri 04-Oct-13 08:44:35

Absolutely you can.

PeppiNephrine Fri 04-Oct-13 08:44:39

you can but that doesn't sound like it is.
And I think you were looking for Health or Chat.

MurderOfBanshees Fri 04-Oct-13 08:45:56

I know you can develop coeliacs disease, my dad didn't start to suffer from it until his 40's.

ImThinkingBoutMyDoorbell Fri 04-Oct-13 09:54:21

Yes you can.

One of my best friends developed a wheat intolerance last year in his thirties. Lost over a stone in a couple of months since he mostly lived on bread and pizza beforehand! Another one had two emergency admissions to A&E last year for anaphylaxis but no clue what could cause it. Apparently he has suddenly developed an allergy to bananas. Again, he was 30.

47 doesn't sound unreasonably old for adult-onset intolerances or allergies.

gnittinggnome Fri 04-Oct-13 09:56:13

Go to your GP - it could be a food intolerance, or it could be something else entirely. My sister developed a lactose intolerance, over the space of a year or so of gradually worsening symptoms, and felt much better when she was able to understand and deal with it. However, it did take a little while, so go get yourself checked out, and if nothing else is wrong, consider food intolerances.

In the mean time, stop eating what you think may be causing you discomfort. You'll probably be asked to keep a food diary anyway, and it may not be what you think it is - either way it's good practice to start this now.

Good luck.

Weeantwee Fri 04-Oct-13 09:57:32

I have IBS which can be triggered by wheat products. Doesn't usually take such a fast and dramatic effect as what you have experienced though. Try to keep a food diary and see your GP.

I can't eat potato skins, so jacket potatoes are out, it only started last year, within 10 mins of eating one I have horrendous stomach cramps.

Yes. It happened to DM. And being gluten and lactose intolerant can be linked as one aggravates the other. Having been gluten-free for years she has now found that she can eat a slice of bread if she avoids lactose. She can also now eat onions, garlic and many other foods that also used to upset her due to her bowel being so irritated. It was very complicated!

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Fri 04-Oct-13 10:04:26

Yes. I have developed a lactose intolerance quite badly in recent months.

Loa Fri 04-Oct-13 10:06:52


Keep a food diary and symptom list to help identify triggers. Then see your GP to rule other stuff out.

DeWe Fri 04-Oct-13 10:07:54

Have you had a sickness bug recently?
There's one that causes a temporary (up to 1-2years) intolerance of milk.

55yo FIL loves seafood paella. It's always been his favourite food. A couple of years ago he ate his dinner and within minutes had a swollen tongue, rash and couldn't breathe. Emergency doctor, severe allergic reaction. Couple of months later he ate seafood again. Exactly the same thing. Never had a problem before.

I'd see a GP though as sudden changes in bowel habits always need checking out.

susiedaisy Fri 04-Oct-13 10:09:54

Yes I think you can as well. Not me personally but I work in a hospital and see so many people who could eat anything until they hit their late thirties early forties then suddenly things like wheat, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, red meat etc became a real problem. I wonder if it's because your hormones change?

To clarify, he has a very obvious and severe allergy to seafood which appeared suddenly a couple of years ago.

sweetfluffybunnies Fri 04-Oct-13 10:25:22

This is really interesting to me, I have been thinking exactly the same. Over the last few weeks I have been experiencing stomach pain and diahorrea, and I've noticed that it seems to be after eating yogurt, but I've never had this before.

I was wondering whether it is possible to develop food intolerances later in life. I am 48.

ppeatfruit Fri 04-Oct-13 10:55:37

Yes it definitely is not only possible but to be expected because our bodies change a lot.

One way to deal with it is to follow the Hay diet (not mixing carbs and protein and or fruit at the same meal) this helps a lot of problems with digestion.

issey6cats Fri 04-Oct-13 11:14:44

yes my daughter has developed an intolerance to eggs, started when we went to corfu for a holiday and now she is so restricted because its amazing how many products have eggs in them

queenebay Fri 04-Oct-13 11:50:46

I'm 41 and now if I eat an apple my throat and tongue itch and lips swell. I've eaten apples all my life

thegoldenfool Fri 04-Oct-13 12:08:52

same for me with a shellfish allergy in my late 30`s sad

You definitely can. I became allergic to pineapple at 20, and wheat intolerant at 36 (after gallbladder removal)

quoteunquote Fri 04-Oct-13 12:59:56

wheat , gluten and yeast allergies can develop any time,

go to your GP and check you haven't got coeliac disease.

TooMuchRain Fri 04-Oct-13 14:07:10

I was wondering about this, I have been getting very bloated recently and was wondering if it could be a recent wheat or lactose allergy

Jins Fri 04-Oct-13 14:09:59

Yes you can. Like Tapirbackrider I developed a lot of intolerance after gall bladder removal. The wrong foods now cause hideous biliary colic almost instantly

MoominMammasHandbag Fri 04-Oct-13 14:38:04

DD (17) started getting horrendous bloating and IBS a couple of years ago. Doctors and specialists have been petty useless to be honest, but through a process of elimination we have concluded that she is lactose intolerant, and not great with a few other things such as tomatoes. Interestingly DD was a very sicky, colicky baby, although breast fed. I wonder if the gallons of milk I drank whilst breast feeding did her more harm than good.

DH tried going lactofree having seen how much better DD is, and found his gut health much improved. However, a few months down the line without dairy, he is now extremely sensitive to lactose. I do wonder whether he has created more problems for himself.

I must admit, I was a bit of a food intolerances denyer a few years ago. What an idiot I was.

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.
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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Thanks ppeat smile

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