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Diagnostic tests for a lactose intolerant patient - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi.
User :   Good evening doc
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   what do u specialise in
Doctor :   I am a General Practitioner
User :   i had chatted with a GP last week
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   abt lactase deficiency
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   hope its not the same Doc
User :   I have been lactose intolerant for last 14 months
Doctor :   I dont remember chatting with you.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I avoid milk and milk products, seems like my system is 95% incapable of digesting lactose
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   even biscuits and bread with milk solids affect me and make me feel weak
Doctor :   Did you consult a gastroenterologist for this previously?
Doctor :   What is it that you want to know about lactose intolerance now?
User :   I'm doing all I can to lead a normal life, my question is how to take care of weight losee and malabsorption
User :   weight loss
Doctor :   Drink less milk more often. Start with small helpings and gradually increase.
Doctor :   Drink milk with other foods, rather than drinking milk alone.
User :   dr its temporary, but i never seem to recover
Doctor :   Thats why try slowly
User :   its only making me lose weight
User :   I take Lactaid
Doctor :   Cheese and yoghurt have less lactose in it comparatively.
Doctor :   Start with those.
User :   butter milk?
User :   tell me doc, how can a colonoscopy help?
User :   if one is LI?
User :   do we need the hydrogen breath test?
Doctor :   To see if there is any other cause for malabsorption
Doctor :   like inflammatory bowel disease.
User :   can IBS also cause weight loss?
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   and Colitis has no cure?
Doctor :   You can get it done to rule out inflammatory bowel disease.
Doctor :   There is gradual cure
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done
User :   yes
Doctor :   Is there any thing else that I could help you with?
User :   if u know other patients who also suffer from LI, that wud be helful
User :   turns out not many people are LI in India
Doctor :   I suggest that you contact your Gastroenterologist regarding this.
User :   will do, thanks for ur time
Doctor :   He would be more helful.
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