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, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I’ve been dealing with dairy intolerance for one year. Started with spot pain in the left side of my upper abdomen. Slowly migrated to joint pain, muscle stiffness, and nausea. Then the anxiety began with brain fog; the worst! Went through a CT scan and blood work all showing normal. I’ve always been slightly OCD but when I had dairy it was many times worse. One day I traced my symptoms after a chiropractor visit didn’t work like it normally would. I’ve noticed an allergy to essential oils as well. Once they are on my skin. I feel like I’m swelling from the inside. Thanks for sharing your stories. Dairy is a real issue for some.

  2. i am gluten intolerant and now beginning to think i am lactose intolerant . the trouble is im suffering with bad anxiety and all medication im on got lactose in . dr has given me the medicine which is lactose free except for my anxiety tablets he wont give me test for lactose said no test so im in limbo thinking am i or is it in my mind but really suffering

  3. 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?

  4. 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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