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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 1:04 pm 
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I'm wondering if I might be having a dairy issue. I tend to avoid milk and cheese because it makes me feel congested, but am not picky about small amounts in baked goods or snack foods (I am limited in those anyway due to my corn allergy). But my mom encouraged me to try some cottage cheese this weekend, and I think it is not agreeing with me. I spent most of the next day just exhausted, slept for most of the day, had a bad headache and was sore all over. It seemed to fade after a day or so and I did not make the connection. But last night, I had the rest of it and today, same thing: headache, sore all over, a little itchy and just blah. The ONLY new variable in my diet has been the cottage cheese and the timing seems a little suspicious to me. It is so easy to write it off as just being tired or working too hard or something, but it just seems highly suspect that both times this happened was right after eating the cottage cheese. Do you think this is worth looking into? Do I need to start reading labels for every tiny amount of milk now, or could it JUST be the cottage cheese? Or does it not sound like an allergic reaction?

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 8:28 pm 
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I don't think I've heard of allergy symptoms including soreness and tiredness. Rather, you'd expect your stomach to be in revolt. Headache can be associated, but I've also heard that's a symptom of intolerance. Itchiness, obviously more suspicious.

Could the tiredness/soreness also be symptoms of intolerance? Others here may know more about intolerance (as opposed to allergy), and have thoughts to add. But if you're suspicious, might be good to see your allergist. Given your history, it probably would be a good idea to make sure.

On other milk products, I know that most allergists say not to start excluding foods that you haven't been having trouble with. But I'd definitely lay off the cottage cheese until I'd spoken to a doctor.

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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 6:42 am 
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Thanks, Gwen. I did have some of the gastro stuff later, and felt a little better once it was over :) But it was a very violent reaction, so that scared me a little. Although it did definitely confirm for me that the problem was something I ate! Intolerance or allergy or whatever, I am off the cottage cheese :) That was awful.

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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 11:45 am 
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There are a lot of corn derived additives used in cottage cheese...here is a list of possible additives. Some of them may or may not appear on a label. I've had horrible reactions to cottage cheese as well. I'm not allergic to dairy...just to corn.

http://www.dairyconsultant.co.uk/david_ ... cation.pdf


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