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    Hawk48 posted:
    I'm not sure if I have IBS or any other number of things it might be. In my forties, I was diagnosed with colagenous (sp?) colitis, but not the usual ulcerative C or Crohn's or Spastic Colon, etc. I haven't seen my gastroenterologist for a while, but past colonoscopies have always revealed NO polyps. But recently it seems like current symptoms might be more like IBS. Some pain, cramping, diarhhea and/or constipation, and I can sometimes "guess" the foods that might trigger this. Actually, I have a specific question and am open to anyone's experienced advice. The specific question regards yogurt--it's dairy (milk product) but i've always understood that it had good digestive enzymes. Does it have probiotics? Could yogurt still be eaten in small portions even with a certain (?) lactose intolerance, e.g. I can't drink milk (use soy), but I can tolerate small amounts of low-fat cheeses and fat-free yogurt. What are others' reactions to yogurt and is it a good source of probiotics?
    calgal37 responded:
    Collagenous colitis is a form of microscopic colitis so it's a bit different than the usual IBDs. If you're lactose intolerant I believe you should look elsewhere for probiotics sources as you're probably going to have digestive issues with yogurt. In addition, the probiotic (bacterial) count is typically less than what can be found in capsules.

    You may also want to look into the link between gluten and dairy, and 'issues' or correlations that are found between those two food groups and MC. There's some decent information on or google the subject.
    Hawk48 replied to calgal37's response:
    Thanks so much CalGal37--will do!

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