I'm a 23yr old female, and was recently in the hospital for an enflammed pancreas due to a large amount of alcohol. I was seriously dehydrated from vomiting, so I was hooked up onto an IV with fluids, and hospitilized. I got out after 3 days, because the pain went away all of a sudden, and I was able to tolerate solid foods. I noticed when I came home, that it looks as if my hips have gotten swollen. Is this possible? I went in with a shirt fitting me, and came out with my shirt really tight, and not very appealing. Or is it all just water weight.. mind you, I was getting fluids 24 hrs a day for 3 days. Will this wear off? Does anyone know how I can make them go down? It looks completely abnormal. I couldn't have gained (looking almost 30 lbs heavier) in 3 days. Anyone?
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replied May 2nd, 2010
If you have normal kidney function, then your body should eliminate the IV fluids within a couple of days of discharge. Another possibility is ascites (fluid inside the abdomen), or pseudocysts (collections of fluid around the pancreas). These conditions can be confirmed with an ultrasound or CT scan.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS



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