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Comment from: caring person, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

I have had chronic pancreatitis since 1986 and have found that stress is one of the causes, for me. I avoid fatty foods and alcohol. During my six years of being sober, I only had two attacks, one of which hospitalized me for 30 days! No fun! I'm still sober now and choose to live the rest of this beautiful life that way. I would also add to be careful with the medications you take.

Published: September 11

I had increasing back pain for a few days and general malaise. I thought it was a kidney infection. I called my primary doctor and asked if he could see me or call me in antibiotics, but he told me to go to the ER. My co-workers thought it was silly to go for a kidney infection, but I had vomited once and the pain was getting a little more intense. I told the nurse I felt silly for being there, that I thought it was a UTI and that I had pain in my back on the left side and vomiting. They did a urine test and gave me some fluids and mild pain meds. Two hours later I was in extreme pain, could not stop vomiting and they came back and told me I had pancreatitis, and they were admitting me. As it turns out, I had sphincter of Oddi dysfunction causing the pancreatitis.

Published: September 11

The cause of my pancreatitis is still under investigation. I almost never drink, and both a CT scan and MRI showed no gallstones in the duct (my gall bladder was laparoscopically removed in January). I had previously had several esophageal spasms severe enough to take me to the emergency room. These spasms had been relieved and prevented by dicyclomine, an anticholinergic. This time I had a very tight feeling in my abdomen that wouldn't go away, and that awakened me. My internist had prescribed Donnatal as an alternative to dicyclomine, and I thought the Donnatal was what made me begin to vomit violently and keep retching even when my stomach was emptied. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital and admitted same day. I spent 4 days there and am still on antibiotics (Flagyl & Cipro) to prevent the inflammation from developing into an infection. I am scheduled to see a gastroenterologist for follow-up.

Comment from: Gonz, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

Pancreatitis was the worst and most excruciating pain I have ever gone through.

Comment from: Kate, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I had severe abdominal pain. It was agony, really. I was literally begging for help in A&E. I had to wait a few hours then blood tests showed pancreatitis. As soon as they knew what it was, I was given pain relief straight away but I thought I was dying while I was waiting.

Comment from: Auntie D, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I have had chronic pancreatitis for seven years. The first year I had to have a very large cyst removed and since then I have gone downhill. About every four to six months I have to have ERCP's (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatographies) to put in stents in the ducts every six weeks. I have been in chronic pain the whole seven years. I'm having my pancreas removed next year and I can't wait.

Comment from: Joan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I was admitted to the hospital with pancreatitis. They did a procedure down my throat and removed a stone. They put in a stent and when they removed the stent a few weeks later, they also removed another stone.

Comment from: Amreesh, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 24

I had this problem. My doctor told me not to drink alcohol. By avoiding alcohol I recovered from pancreatitis, but when I drank again, it came back.

Comment from: Ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I have had pancreatitis now for almost two years. I have no gall bladder problems. If I eat anything, in 10 minutes, the gas begins I can't figure out how it can start so fast. I have very frequent bouts of abdominal pain and I have seen multiple doctors in multiple states and I still have no relief. I now know what it is but no help with the pain. I spend a lot of time in bed in a fetal position to help with pain and drink nothing but water and I don't eat when I have pain. I am diabetic now with stage III kidney disease. When it first started, I lost 55 lbs in one month.

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