Patient Comments: Pancreatitis - Treatments

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Comment from: karylysa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I was in the hospital for 5 days for pancreatitis. I had 2 stents placed (1 in the pancreas and 1 in gallbladder). Then the gallbladder was removed due to stones. I returned 8 weeks later to have the stent in my gallbladder removed. Now I take 80 mg Protonix daily. Taking 40 mg helps with the pain, but 80 mg almost totally stops the pain most days. Careful diet helps.

Comment from: 60 and healthy, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 17

I had emergency hospitalization for my pancreatitis, blood tests, ultra-sound, CT scans, IV fluids for 4 days, 1 day of fasting, 3 days of liquid diet, pain management, and nausea medication. I was sent home with nausea medicine, low fat diet and follow-up with primary care doctor and appointment with gastrointestinal doctor.

Comment from: Pink Poodle , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

For pancreatitis, I was on an IV for a day, only allowed to have water for a week and put on bed rest for 3 weeks. No fat, no sugar.

Comment from: Taylor, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

My pancreatitis was discovered last New Year. I had developed hiccups 10 months prior that almost never seemed to go away. I tried every remedy, and the only thing that seemed to work was self-induced vomiting. I'm not bulimic, so believe me I didn't like it and would only do it on an empty stomach. Sometimes sleeping for a while would help them reside. On that New Year’s Day the hiccups were so bad I could barely breathe, and I was constantly burping up a frothy white foam. Frustrated and figuring enough was enough, I went to the hospital emergency. After triage I was in the waiting area for patients ready to see a doctor and then blood started coming up with the foam. I advised the nurse of this update. On my admittance I did tell them I was a heavy drinker. The doctor did a blood test and found that my pancreas was way off the charts. She prescribed me a very strong proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to control stomach acid and explained to me that the enzymes were irritating my esophagus and this was the cause of my hiccups. I got the usual lecture about not drinking or smoking. The PPI worked like a charm, I'm not sure of the dose she gave me and can't remember what it was called but it was only one pill and she told me to see my family doctor and scheduled me for an ultrasound. When I got home I just wanted to sleep, no more hiccups! As I lay down in bed I felt suddenly nauseous. I threw up a lot of water and a lot of blood. The ultrasound showed some moderate liver damage, but no gallstones and nothing else. My pancreatitis is atypical, because it doesn't cause me any pain when it flares up, just these hiccups and sometimes I am easy to bruise. I guess I'm lucky in that regard. The PPIs I get over the counter seem to help (Nexium) but they often take a long time, over a few days to start working. They have a risk of reducing bone density, so I try not to take them every day, only when I have a flare up. Now sometimes I can go for a few weeks without a flare up, and when it comes I start taking the Nexium after trying to stop the hiccups by self-induced vomiting. I think it was caused by a black mould infestation in my old house, because I had other symptoms of mould exposure, during the rainy seasons I would get pneumonia 3 to 5 times per year, I had a constant postnasal drip and would blow my nose like crazy every morning but these things didn't occur when I was at work.

Comment from: ALReneau, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I had an endoscopy for esophageal dilation on 11-19-14. Then the next day I was having extreme pain in my abdomen while I was at work. I chalked it up to the procedure. When I drank a sip of water in the late afternoon and the pain dropped me to my knees and made me cry, I began to believe that this pain was not in the normal parameters. My doctor told me to go to the emergency room to have a CAT scan of my stomach. Well, the CAT scan and blood work determined that I was having an acute pancreatitis attack. They started me on Dilaudid which caused more nausea. I was admitted for 5 days. Food was withheld for 3 days and began a clear liquid diet. The doctors were not able to determine why I had the pancreatitis attack since I did not fall into the main three categories. I am home now and my stomach still aches when I drink anything, but I am faithful that this will get better soon.

Comment from: [email protected], 75 or over (Patient) Published: August 28

I had pancreatic cancer which was killed with radiation. But my pancreas still gets inflamed and causes pancreatitis because it won’t make enzymes.

Comment from: Megan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I wonder if a heating pad can make pancreatitis worse. I have already been treated for 3 days, and just still have back cramps.

Comment from: Brenda / Texas, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago for acute pancreatitis. I had the first acute attack in 2008. I was on IV antibiotics for 4 1/2 days. Two CT scans and 1 MRI later, I still do not know what caused it. I don"t drink, don"t smoke and never had high cholesterol. My triglycerides in the hospital were 71. I am supposed to go to the gastroenterologist in a few weeks for scope. I hope I don"t ever have this again.

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Comment from: Gem, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I was hospitalized 2 months ago with acute pancreatitis, caused by drinking, only on weekends, hard liquor and wine. It was the worst pain I've ever had in my life, and vomiting. I was in the hospital for 4 days, nothing to eat or drink, on IV and treated with Dilaudid. I am feeling pretty good now but very tired all the time, the doctor says it takes 6 months for pancreas to heal.

Comment from: Chi Chi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

Have had this diagnosis since mid-1990. I have had extensive abdominal surgery because of a small bowel obstruction, resulting in a fistula. The standard treatment was admission to the hospital, blood work to confirm the diagnosis, IV fluids, pain medication and Phenergan (promethazine) (50 mg) to control the nausea. All foods were withheld for 48 hours. On a few admissions, they inserted a nasal gastric tube to control the vomiting.

Comment from: LJS, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

Two months ago I was hospitalized for intense upper abdominal pain. It felt as though someone had taken a sharp hook under my ribcage and radiated down my left side. I was diagnosed with exacerbation of chronic pancreatitis, which I have no family history of. I don't drink or take any of the medications that cause it. I was immediately hospitalized and was given Dilaudid 2mg every 2 hours, and a fentanyl 100mg patch for my entire stay. They tried to feed me liquids on day 10, 15, 24, but it just made things worse. After 34 days in the hospital I was released on a clear liquid diet and it took me a month at home to finally be able to eat a healthy diet.

Comment from: Stan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

I just turned 65. I had severe pain just below ribcage moving across upper abdomen about 10 to 12 inches. After two days of severe discomfort I went to the emergency room. They did bloodwork and CT scan with contrast. The only thing to show on CT was fluid around pancreas. They said gall bladder was good. Bloodwork showed normal pancreatic enzyme levels. Triglycerides were normal. The differential diagnosis was possible ulcer. They gave me acid blocker, sulfonate. The next day I felt much better and that afternoon completely pain free. I had another CT scan last week for another issue. It was noted that pancreas was surrounded by fluid. They checked pancreatic enzymes again and once again normal.

Comment from: saha, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 30

My sister has acute pancreatitis with kidney failure. She has a 2 months old baby which was born through Caesarian surgery. Now her kidney is not functioning and her urine level is about 50 ml a day. She has already taken hemodialysis 5 times, but her condition isn't improving.

Comment from: Kbaker, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I was diagnosed with pancreatitis in 2011. I had never heard of it at that time. I never was a big drinker. Not sure how I got it but after that first attack I was having attacks every few weeks at first then every other week, each time spending 4 or 5 days in the hospital. This went on for 9 months. The hospitals here weren't helping me so I decided to make an appointment at another one. My doctor saved my life. I think if I hadn't gone I would have died. They drained my pancreas, a procedure they don't do here. It's been 2 years and I haven't had an attack.

Comment from: Cher, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I had severe stomach and back pain and was vomiting. I went to the emergency room at the hospital and was immediately put on IV. I was not allowed anything to eat or drink for two days. I was extremely dehydrated and my blood pressure had dropped significantly. I had various blood tests, a CAT scan and an ultrasound. I was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. I do not drink and did not have gallstones. The cause for this attack is unknown.

Comment from: Gigi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

Hopeful, try using a heating pad (low setting) on your abdomen and press gently with a pillow. That gives me relief from pain as it helps to decrease the inflammation of the pancreas. Also, acupuncture has been extremely helpful in preventing the inflammation rather than just dealing w/the inflammation. Acupuncture takes a while to work, but it does help a lot. I'm very sorry that you are so young and living w/pain. Best of luck, girl! Don't behave, give them hell!

Comment from: Hopeful, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

My family on my mother's side has a hereditary gene for pancreatitis, dominant mostly in the females in my family. I was born with pancreatitis and have an attack at least once a year or more. I have been treated numerous times, (stents, removal of stones and removal of gallbladder) but sadly nothing has worked for more than a couple of months. I follow a strict low fat, non-dairy, low caffeine, low oils, no nuts no spice diet and it helps keep the flare ups to a minimum. I'm 16 now and I'm really hoping it's put to a stop before I have to get my severely damaged pancreas removed. Any further tips/ideas on how to keep the flare ups to a minimum would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Comment from: santana, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 19

My mother is a pancreatitis patient. The doctor said surgery is must, and also said no assurances. She also has liver stone.

Comment from: hirsute, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 09

I was treated for severe back pain, then kidney stones, and finally diagnosed with pancreatitis. I wonder if they are related.

Comment from: Maya, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I suffered with acute pancreatitis on October 2013, and was under ventilation for 5 days. My condition was life threatening. But I recovered after 21 days. Now I am taking less fat food and ok.

Comment from: Jane, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I think I have pancreatitis. I had blistering pain between shoulder blades for about a week that's gotten worse. I went to the hospital and they only seemed to check my heart and spine. But I had severe nausea / sharp pain through left chest and back, spreading to or from my upper belly and the only position I could assume without feeling horrific pain was standing or leaning forward. I am afraid I’ll have to go back if it doesn't settle.

Comment from: Hanna, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 28

For the past four months I have had mild pain in my stomach. I would go the ER or the doctor and always was told that I had a UTI, then was given meds and sent home. About a month ago, I wasn't feeling well, and when I ate the pain got worse. Saturday night I awoke with pain and all my clothes were wet. The next day, I was fine but tired and weak. That night I awoke at about 11 p.m. with pain in my stomach. I waited until Monday, and then called my brother, who took me to the ER. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia. I told them I thought it was my pancreas, but was treated for pneumonia. Four days later I had an endoscopy, which revealed I had acute pancreatitis. It was so badly inflamed that the doctor could not get a good image of it. I stayed in the hospital for three weeks with a feeding tube, IV, and meds. I don’t smoke or drink. I’m still in a little pain. I watch what I eat and drink (sodas). This is the second time I’ve been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis.

Published: April 06

I hit a deer one day and hit the steering wheel and noticed a pain in my stomach above the belly button and it radiated to my back and sometimes in my right side. I have seen several doctors who all tell me that my enzyme levels are very high and now they say that I have chronic pancreatitis and pancreas divisum. I had four stents placed in my bile ducts and I still have the pain. Now I have to see pancreatic surgeon to possibly remove part of my pancreas.

Comment from: ylime, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

24 year old female, BMI 23. neg DMt2, neg DMt1. 0 ETOH family history, or personal history. I've had Pancreatitis THREE times (treated). The first time I went to the local hospital at 3 am with chronic abdominal pain. (I work as a nurse for a family practice) Never been in so much pain, nor have I seen someone in so much pain. 11 days the first time with pancreatitis. My husband was in Iraq, the Army ended up sending him home because my condition was so chronic. My second time was 7 months later. I had a good idea of how I was going to be treated this time. NPO for 6 days. After 6 I started to perk up, just before they added a pick line. The third time with Pancreatitis, I had a few drinks (I was told not to drink, but it was never something I did before, therefore I didn’t think that 1 or 2 would cause a problem) 5 days in local hospital. Idiopathic Chronic(only due to multi) Pancreatitis. Worst pain ever in my life. I would have to say the more often it happens, the more I have learned to manage the pain. 2mg dalaudid q 2hr prn. and believe me did I take the 2mg q 2 hr.

Comment from: Steve, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 25

I was in ICU 4 days and in the hospital a total of 11 days. I had nothing by mouth except ice chips the first 4 days and then clear liquids the next 3 days. I received morphine, TPN, antibiotics, potassium, and hydration through a pick line for nearly my entire stay. My gallbladder was removed on day 8 and I started feeling more improvement after that. My recovery at home included 2 naps a day and exercise at my local YMCA. I started with 4 walking laps of 0.1 miles and worked my way up to more. I was off work exactly 1 month and was still quite weak when I returned to work.

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