Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:57:37 +0000

My entire life I have had stomachaches. I had to have a colonoscopy when I was 16, which is far too young for anyone, but they still couldn't figure out what was wrong. So I ended up just trying a few different things, like not eating gluten or trying to eat bland foods. Nothing really seemed to work and some days I would have these sharp, persistant pains that made me think something was seriously wrong — and then they would pass and I'd return to thinking that perhaps it wasn't a big deal.

About two weeks ago, though, I for some reason thought dairy might be the source of my trouble. Of course it's one of the most common dietary restrictions among humans, which is why my doctors already tried giving me medicine for lactose intolerance. But I wasn't very good with taking my medicine, though I never consciously admitted this, so I told my doctors it wasn't working. I think I figured that my problems were different; they were deeper than just a dairy intolerance.

So for most of my life, I suffered through these mysterious stomachaches, until my recent idea that perhaps I should experiment on whether dairy was the problem. So I tried avoiding dairy products — cheese, mostly — and I tried to consume Lactaid, which I was to take with the first bite of any meal containing dairy.

And it worked.

I mean, I still got stomachaches, but they weren't sharp and immediate. My stomach was still unsteady, but I could easily blame that on the excessive amounts of hot sauce I put on my food. When I avoided dairy and ate blandly, things were fine. When I didn't, things weren't.

While I'm still not sure if this is the solution, it's odd to think this perky problem can be attributed to something so common. It's weird to think ones life can so easily be changed. Maybe we seem to think changes require something deeper, which almost seems to be an excuse for the status quo.