Hi, I am a 30 yr-old male suffering from intermittant severe lower abdominal pain for about 3 weeks now. I am lactose intolerant, and the symptoms of this are exactly the same as when I eat a dairy product -- except that now it's happening no matter what I eat. It's hard to tell, but I think the pain usually starts several hours after eating. I feel a flush of pain in my gut, below or around the right side of my belly button, that makes me want to curl up in pain. My face flushes red and I sweat from the pain. I find myself holding and rubbing my stomach like a pregnant woman, though it doesn't seem to help. I feel bloated, and I go to the bathroom and have a lot of gas and loose stools, sometimes with pale spots on them. Sometimes I sit on the toilet but nothing happens and I get no relief. The pain eventually fades, usually after about an hour. I can hear a lot of boiling and gurgling noises in my belly, usually shortly after the pain has faded.
I am slim and fit, nonsmoker, casual drinker, and usually able to eat some dairy with a Lactaid pill. My only other medical history is penicilin allergy and chronic insomnia. I dismissed this pain at first, assuming it was a little too much dairy or something. When it persisted, I assumed it was some kind of stomach bug or fatty food or something. Now it's gone on for 3 weeks, hitting me maybe 3 or 4 times a day, and I've been really careful about what I eat, trying to make it stop. No dairy, no fat, no grease, and lots of water... and it's still killing me! Help, please!
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