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My wife recently had an acute pancreatitis attack -
- upon admission her Lipase level was >20000 and WBC was 20,000 as well.
- Over the next 6 days, Lipase levels came back down to 250 (day#1 17000, day#2 13000, day#3 8000, day#4 3500, day#5 300), and WBC count came down to 11,000 with similar progression.
- Her CT scan at the time of admission indicated a small gallstone (1mm) in the pancreatic duct. Doctors prepared for an ERCP to remove the gallstone, but decided to do an MRI first. The MRI did not indicate presence of gallstone anymore, doctors said it may have cleared on it's own, so no ERCP was done.
- Has slight elevated temperature between 99 - 100.6 degrees F.
- MRI also did not indicate any necrosis.
- Had massive abdominal pain at time of admission - doctors put on on strong opiod painkillers every 2 hours for first day after admission. After first day, they started reducing the dosage to half of what was originally administered, and are administering it after 4 hours.
It has been 6 days now, and her pain is still coming back every 3-4 hours. After 4.5 hours she starts screaming out of pain.
Has anyone had a similar experience with pancreatitis? What is the typical recovery and healing timeline for this situation. Also, is it worrisome that the pain has not really subsided after 6 days? Could you please share your thoughts.
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