Anxiety, muscle fatigue and joint pain are symptoms too!


Anonymous ~ For a year I had anxiety, muscle fatigue, joint pain, heart palpitations, tingling in my fingers, shaking and not able to hold a thought in my head….I tried everything from excersize to antidepressants and nothing stopped the symptoms. My husband suggested an elimation diet and long story short – dairy was causing ALL OF THESE SYMPTOMS. After only a few days without dairy the symptoms disappeared. When I eat anything with dairy I get symptoms immediately. It sucks, but I finally feel healthy again!

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Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. OMG, i have all these symptoms, various blood tests, various Dr’s and no resolution. I always assumed that if you had an allergy or an intolerance to any food product you would know about it instantly from stomach pains and possible skin rashes or something, is this the case or can it affect you more in other ways? i dont seem to have a massive stomach complaint when i drink milk, i get a bit of stomach pain at times but nothing serious. Could it be milk?

    Also can you tell me if milk intolerance would also equal a problem with eggs?

    • Hi Anon, milk and egg are completely different foods, so an issue with one would not diagnose an issue with the other. Lactose intolerance can cause digestive issues, though there are other issues that milk can cause. See the info section on this site!

  2. Jerri Garofalo on

    Yes, I get very similar symptoms. For years I was a big milk drinker and ate cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc. all with no problem. Suddenly things began to go wrong and I was getting really sick.. It took me quite sometime to figure out that milk was the culprit . Over the course of time, I have learned that certain forms of milk products (I guess those with more casein) cause more problems than other milk products. It seems that hard cheese create fewer problems. One of the worst of the problems is the extreme sleepiness which comes on quite rapidly. It seems to be related to my digestive track shutting down. Then comes the head pressure. Sometimes I get nauseous and even throw up. Things like the horrible and unrelenting muscle and join pain usually happen the next day. It is a very difficult problem being like this because milk and casein are used in so many things. I was tested by an reputable allergist and was shocked that I did not test positive for a milk allergy. He said that sometimes people get food sensitivities, which can produce symptoms worse than an allergy. It seems like an allergy to me r I am allergic to. It is not fun to be so restrictive and cut these food out of my life but the problems that follow when I cross the line are far worse than giving into a craving. The biggest thing is the hidden ingredients that then to catch me by surprise.

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