If you notice that your symptoms seem to be associated with the consumption of casein-containing dairy products, ask your doctor to perform tests to identify whether you are intolerant or allergic to the casein. An improvement in your symptoms during that time period will indicate that your body does not handle casein well. For example, you could have a chicken and broccoli stir-fry over rice or a steak with asparagus and sweet potato fries. It can cause abdominal pain, discomfort, and nausea. She suffers from spondylolisthesis, arthritis, and is gluten and casein intolerant. Pain News Network invites other readers to share their stories with us. But 48 hours after going gluten and casein free, I awoke, stretched, and moved my hands freely. Casein can be hard to recognise as it goes by several different names on foods labels. Also in my testing I discovered I was casein (milk protein) intolerant. About 10 years ago, I also started having arthritis in my hands. Casein is very similar in structure to gluten and often times can cause adverse cross reactions in people suffering from a gluten intolerance. The pain in my back is now mainly managed with Tylenol and then only a couple of times a month. Casein may be in different forms in milk and beta-casein is the second most common form. By the ninth day the withdrawal symptoms vanished and she was feeling wonderful. Casein is one of the main proteins found in milk and some dairy products. Eliminating casein from your diet also means eliminating some of the highest sources of calcium, such as milk, cheese and yogurt. Send them to: editor@PainNewsNetwork.org. Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, bloating and abdominal cramps, are common symptoms of a food intolerance, but some people can also experience joint pain, fatigue and behavioral changes. But, her stomach discomfort began to subside almost immediately after giving up gluten and casein. All contributions are 100% tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers. Mind you, this is an experienced doctor. In my case, it got progressively worse as time went on. Our mission is to raise awareness, connect and educate pain sufferers, caregivers, healthcare providers and the public about the pain experience. It Can Induce the Same Reactions as a Gluten Intolerance. Pain News Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit online news service for information and commentary about chronic pain and pain management. The information in this column should not be considered as professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. For dessert, avoid milk chocolate, cheesecake and ice cream. If you are in pain, remember that gluten causes systemic inflammation which is pressing on sore joints and everything else in your body. It is for informational purposes only and represents the author’s opinions alone. I would like to share with readers my life-changing experience after eliminating gluten from my diet. Lactose Intolerance. The throbbing at night, sometimes without any particularly heavy use, was not only painful but depressing. This is called an elimination diet. I was a "classic" celiac case - very malnourished, skinny everywhere but huge belly, every time my mom fed me, it would either come out one end or the other, etc. So I changed my diet when she did. Eliminating gluten and casein from your diet is the most accurate way to find out if you have an allergy or sensitivity to them. The systemic inflammation caused by the allergic reaction to gluten should not be ignored. The ongoing ache in my back was like an unwelcome guest that I could only get to leave with hydrocodone. The information in this column should not be considered as professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The three suspects of dairy are the milk proteins, casein and whey and the milk sugar, lactose.While many would convict lactose, lactose intolerance is not a food allergy.A person with a dairy allergy is reacting to the milk proteins, casein and/or whey. Can You Eat Eggs on a Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet? I also took hydrocodone for pain, up to 3 tablets a day depending on my activities. Lactose intolerance, which is an intolerance to the sugar found in milk, is one of the most common food intolerances, but an intolerance to casein can sometimes cause similar symptoms. She has experience working with people who have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and obesity issues. My right hand also was swollen. There may be some confusion about lactose intolerance and dairy / casein allergies; the information below should clear that up.