|i was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis when I just turned 21. I am 23 now. I see that normal symptoms include upper abdominal pain. My pain almost always occurs on my right side, like a big stich ,than radiates to my back. It does go away, but returns if I drink. I try to stay away from drinking as much as possible, but cant help it sometimes i.E. When im with my friends. I've never experienced vomiting, fever, or have had to been hospitalized. I did go under many tests, and my levels were pretty high. I see that people say they have episodes. My question is what constitues an episode? Like I said I feel the pain everytime I drink, but goes away in a couple of days. I really dont think I can go through life without drinking every now and than. The doctors told me not to drink at all, but have read online that its ok to consume 1 to 2 drinks. My other question is does marijuana have a known affect? I know that smoking cigarettes do, but does that include marijuana? Well, heres to everybody whos had to go through this damn disease, life aint over yall :wink:|
drinking with pancreatitis is always a bad idea!! And yes it can be avoided even when out with friends. Become the regular designated driver!! The attacks of pain you have following every time you drink should tell you it is a bad idea....
With each acute attack you have, you are one step closer to chronic pancreatitis. And believe me - you do not want to be chronic!! My first attack happened when I was 8 years old (now 48). I have been chronic for the last 6 years. It is life stealer!!! It don't kill you but it will sometimes make you wish it did. It is disabling (i have not been able to work since 2001). The pain is 24/7 and no matter what you do it never goes away. Yet you also get attacks when the pain is unbearable.
Additionally chronic pancreatitis leads to many other disorders - the worse of which is type 1 brittle diabetes - uncontrollable diabetes. This comes with all the side effects of diabetes. Malabsorption is another problem. You can literally starve to death, even though you are eating. It causes all kinds of vitamin and mineral inbalances with come with their own problems.
Please think twice before you take another drink. Each drink puts you closer to being chronic..... And there are many more problems associated with chronic pancreatitis that I am not listing here.
Do you have a web site or forum, so we can talk? Thanks wanda
I've just had my first attack of Acute Pancreatitis.
I was rushed to ER and they gave me morphine, put me on a drip, gave me loads of antibiotics and wouldn't let me eat.
I must admit it was pretty scary - I went in to shock and very nearly died.
So I've just got out of hospital and I don't know very much about what to do next.
The doctors didn't give me any advice except to only eat light meals?!
I see that alcohol is bad - that's ok can live without that!
Can anyone give me any advice? Am I likely to get it again?thank you...
Yes it is best stay away from all take out, eat whole grains, little sugar, no fats, no alcohol, no juices.. Listen to your body, if the cat scans are available you can confirm them on a cat scan while inflammed. Eating less helps conrol the painn good luck