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I was diagnosed with Pancreatitis in November 2003 after a rock star Thanksgiving weekend in the US. After hospitalization I read up on it and didn't have a flare up until 2009 by which time I'd moved back home to Kenya. Managed it at home by fasting and taking over-the-counter pain-killers. In the intervening time I probably have had an attack once every 2 years or so. Each time I've managed it myself with the pain disappearing in about 4 days max. Well, last November 2017, I got an attack that forced me to get a morphine jab that basically didn't help, fasted for 4 days but didn't heal. I've been in pain for the last 4 MONTHS. Been to a Dr. who ordered an ultrasound (clear) and bloodwork. Serum Amylase at 116.08 which the doctor assures me is high and a definite sign of pancreatitis (I already told her it had to be).
Anyway, I'm at my wits end. Is there any other way to deal with this without fasting myself to death? It's been 4 months of daily pain. I'm reliant on Tramadol daily and this obviously has built up my tolerance and I need more pills most of the time. Was prescribed Dihydrocodeine 30mgs with a rather strict warning not to go beyond the 9 pills prescribed and now i'm done with them but still in pain. I live (on my farm) in a rather rural area and there isn't a local GI specialist, is there anything else I can do before I can get to see a specialist possibly later this month?
Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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