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    Unhappy Whey Protein: Allergic?

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    I have been using whey protein for almost 2 years now it is only recently when I have been feeling these abnormal side effects after consuming a glass of the whey mixture. The first product I used was USANA Whey protein shake powder. I did not have any abnormal symptoms after consuming the product. I switched to AMP Whey Protein and also did not feel any symptoms until I finished half the tub. It gradually got more intense the more I used it. At first it was just a tight feeling in my chest and throat, but it later started to make me have to vomit. I did my research and found that I am most likely allergic to whey protein, but I decided to try another brand considering it never happened before.

    I switched to Gold Standard Whey Protein today in hopes of a different outcome but it was just the same. So I now have a whole new tub of Gold Standard Whey protein that I don't just want to throw away.

    I'm not sure if I'm allergic to whey since I had no problems with it before, but does anyone know if I will get the same symptoms if I consume if differently (i.e. mixing it in oatmeal)? I guess the only way to find out is to try...

    If anyone else had this issue, what are you using as a substitute if you have stopped using it? Any insight would be appreciated.


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    Originally Posted by Ojefff View Post
    What's up everyone.


    I have been using whey protein for almost 2 years now it is only recently when I have been feeling these abnormal side effects after consuming a glass of the whey mixture. The first product I used was USANA Whey protein shake powder. I did not have any abnormal symptoms after consuming the product. I switched to AMP Whey Protein and also did not feel any symptoms until I finished half the tub. It gradually got more intense the more I used it. At first it was just a tight feeling in my chest and throat, but it later started to make me have to vomit. I did my research and found that I am most likely allergic to whey protein, but I decided to try another brand considering it never happened before.

    I switched to Gold Standard Whey Protein today in hopes of a different outcome but it was just the same. So I now have a whole new tub of Gold Standard Whey protein that I don't just want to throw away.

    I'm not sure if I'm allergic to whey since I had no problems with it before, but does anyone know if I will get the same symptoms if I consume if differently (i.e. mixing it in oatmeal)? I guess the only way to find out is to try...

    If anyone else had this issue, what are you using as a substitute if you have stopped using it? Any insight would be appreciated.


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    How many scoops or grams of protein do you consume per sitting?
    mixing it with water or milk?
    Maybe try low amounts first and see.
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    Originally Posted by L_Patch View Post
    How many scoops or grams of protein do you consume per sitting?
    mixing it with water or milk?
    Maybe try low amounts first and see.
    I usually use 1 full scoop, but today I used slightly less than 1 scoop of the Gold Standard Whey. I will try using less next time. The feeling is just uncomfortably horrible ;\
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    Originally Posted by Ojefff View Post
    I usually use 1 full scoop, but today I used slightly less than 1 scoop of the Gold Standard Whey. I will try using less next time. The feeling is just uncomfortably horrible ;\
    You could be allergic to it, Lactose from the whey. Drink with water and start with a small scoop.

    and what about casein protein? same reaction?
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    I have the same exact problem you have. For 2-3 years I used ON whey with absolutely no problems. Then it seemed like it happened overnight I started getting sick after drinking it. The only whey protein that I can use now is Isopure Natural whey. It's an isolate protein which has no lactose and no artificial sweetners.
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    Originally Posted by L_Patch View Post
    You could be allergic to it, Lactose from the whey. Drink with water and start with a small scoop.

    and what about casein protein? same reaction?
    Yeah, I guess I might be a new allergic reaction since it never happened a year ago. Would it be a bad idea to continue taking it even if I was allergic? The feeling can be very uncomfortable sometimes but bearable. It goes away in an hour or 2.

    I haven't tried casein protein yet. Does casein protein give similar results as whey? I'll try a sample of it when I can.
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    Originally Posted by Mayze View Post
    I have the same exact problem you have. For 2-3 years I used ON whey with absolutely no problems. Then it seemed like it happened overnight I started getting sick after drinking it. The only whey protein that I can use now is Isopure Natural whey. It's an isolate protein which has no lactose and no artificial sweetners.
    I know, it sucks. Are you lactose intolerant? I can consume milk fine, but I'm beginning to think that I may be allergic to whey in itself. I'll go ahead and check out the brand you mentioned.
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    Originally Posted by Ojefff View Post
    I know, it sucks. Are you lactose intolerant? I can consume milk fine, but I'm beginning to think that I may be allergic to whey in itself. I'll go ahead and check out the brand you mentioned.
    You have the exact same symptoms I have. Milk doesn't bother me either. I'm not exactly sure what the problem is because I got just as sick when I tried ON's egg protein. Soy and Isopure are the only one's that I bought that didn't almost kill me.

    Powder protein is too expensive to do process of elimination to find out which one's I can use. I have a full tub of ON whey and ON casen that I can't use. I found one that works for me and so far it's been good.
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    Hi, I started taking Optimum Gold Standard 100% Whey about two weeks ago, and Pre-Load Creatine Complex last Thursday. For the whey, in my meals and post workout sometimes I take one, sometimes I take two scoops as I'm a hardgainer.

    However, since last week, I seemed to develop rashes on my hands, and I'm not sure if it's due to whey protein or creatine. I went to see the doctor yesterday, he actually asked if I had contact with any chemicals recently, I mentioned that I'm currently taking whey protein and creatine, he mentioned that my rashes looked like Eczema, and there is a possibility that I may be allergic to whey.

    Since I'm on medication now, I'm gonna stop taking those supplements for a while, but if it's confirmed that I'm allergic to whey, is there any other alternative?
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    Something fishy going on in dis here thread.
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    What is? Just trying to find out whether the cause of my eczema is due to stress, or whey protein allergy. Or whether I'm the only newbie-beginner to bodybuilding who worries too much about a lot of stuffs that triggers eczema.
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    Try Hemp

    I have tried whey and had a reaction of struggling to breath. After researching the problem it looks like I have an allergy of some sort. Best to just come off it all together in my opinion. I will go back to using hemp and just take two shakes a day as the only reason I bought whey was because it has a higher protein percentage. Hemp is actually the most natural and absorbant form of protein I believe, but I have been wrong before. It has been fine for a long time for me.
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    Originally Posted by vanilla2face View Post
    I have tried whey and had a reaction of struggling to breath. After researching the problem it looks like I have an allergy of some sort. Best to just come off it all together in my opinion. I will go back to using hemp and just take two shakes a day as the only reason I bought whey was because it has a higher protein percentage. Hemp is actually the most natural and absorbant form of protein I believe, but I have been wrong before. It has been fine for a long time for me.
    Have you tried a vegatable protein, like san rawfusion or vega?

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    Originally Posted by allieninja View Post
    Have you tried a vegatable protein, like san rawfusion or vega?

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    Yeah, hemp! Lol
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