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Pancreatitis and weight gain

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please can you help me, i have suffered pancretitas over three years and had splleen rapture over a fight i eneded up in hospital, im recovering from my spleen and have not drank for 6 months as pancratitas pains got to much. i have not had my spleen removed. eney way i am so skinny even before the spleen attack. i used to eat 3 large meals a day but im not putting eney weight on plz can you help me, iv even had ensure plus off my doctor but nothing is making me gain weight im so skinny its makining me depressed.

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replied June 27th, 2009
Pancreas Disorders Answer A6868
Unfortunately, chronic pancreatitis is frequently associated with abdominal pain and weight loss. You should avoid alcohol and tobacco. Your doctor can also prescribe pancreatic enzyme supplements (to be taken with meals) which may decrease eating-associated abdominal pain, and can help your GI tract to absorb fat and protein better. If you have not done so already, you should also be referred to a GI specialist with expertise in managing chronic pancreatitis. Rarely, surgical bypass of removal of the diseased portion of your pancreas may also be helpful.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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