Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
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Lactose and Tolerance Relief

Feeling abdominal pain that leaves you queasy and uneasy is something many Americans face from time to time. But could your stomach pains be coming from something other than what you ate - because they're from what you drank instead?

Lactose intolerance is described as the body's inability to digest lactose, which is a sugar in milk (and other dairy products, Lactose and Tolerancealbeit in smaller doses) that causes uncomfortable gastrointestinal side effects. It stems from a lactase deficiency (called hypolactasia), and can affect infants when they should be drinking breastmilk, which puts them at serious risk for nutritional deficiencies if left untreated.

At Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA, you'll find all you need to know about lactose intolerance and how it might be affecting your gastrointestinal health, as Dr. Jayanty has got years of experience helping his patients overcome issues like these.

Some symptoms of lactose intolerance include:

  • Bloating
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Gurgling or rumbling in your abdomen
  • Residual abdominal pain
  • Gas
  • Loose or even foamy stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

While symptoms of lactose intolerance can range in severity - which is largely dependent on how much lactase your body produces naturally - the majority of symptoms start between 30 minutes and 2 hours after you drink milk.

While ceasing milk consumption might seem to be the only answer for your lactose intolerance pains, it is important to remember that milk offers substantial nutritional benefits, like calcium and vitamin D. Cutting milk out completely might lead to more serious health issues later in life, such as osteoporosis and other debilitating bone conditions.

Fortunately, as the gastroenterologist of choice in the Houston, TX area, Dr. Jayanty has all the answers you need for your lactose intolerance dilemma. Give him a call at (713) 932-9200 today and experience real gastrointestinal relief!

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
December 01, 2014
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Experiencing abdominal pain can be downright intolerable sometimes. While most people only experience mild symptoms that often go away on their own, some people have to put up with long-term or more serious pain. If you have abdominal pain that is causing you distress, it’s time to talk to your Houston gastroenterologist about what could be causing your symptoms.
What are the common causes of abdominal pain?
The minor causes of abdominal pain:
- Indigestion
- Gas
- Food allergies (e.g. lactose intolerance)
- Menstrual cramps
- Constipation
- Urinary tract infection
Other causes of abdominal pain:
- Ulcers
- Hernia
- Kidney Stones
- Endometriosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Appendicitis
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
When should I call my doctor about my abdominal pain?
Because abdominal pain can have several causes, including more minor ones, it can be hard to know when it’s time to see the doctor; however, if you experience any of these symptoms, call us right away:
You’re unable to keep food down for days
Your pain is caused by an abdominal injury
You’ve been experiencing this pain for several days
You experience painful urination
You’re unable to pass stools
Your abdomen is tender to the touch
Seek treatment immediately if there is blood in your vomit or stools, if you have problems breathing or if you’re pregnant.
How do I know what is causing my abdominal pain?
Leave this to Dr. Vikram S. Jayanty! As you can see there are so many different causes for abdominal pain and the main way we can pinpoint the culprit is through a physical exam. We will ask you a series of questions regarding the pain you are experiencing to get a better sense of what is going on. We often run blood, stool and urine tests, as well as ultrasounds, CT scans or X-rays to help us reach a diagnosis.
How will you treat my abdominal pain?
Your treatment plan will depend solely on your diagnosis. Some patients will receive medications to decrease inflammation while those with infections will be prescribed antibiotics. We will also discuss dietary and lifestyle changes that you will need to incorporate in order to eliminate your pain. If you have been diagnosed with a hernia or appendicitis, then surgery will be essential.
If you’re concerned about your abdominal pain or you’ve been experiencing some uncomfortable symptoms, don’t just suffer through it. Give your Houston gastroenterologist a call today at (713) 932-9200 so we can get you an appointment.