i am starving myself in order to rest my pancreas,am i doing the right thing?

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two weeks ago i was in hospital for two nights with my CP,went through the usual treatment,pain relief,iv fliuds but came home feeling pretty  much the same way and still in pain today,(stomach and back) so ive decided maybe if i stopped eating all together in order to rest the pancreas,then maybe the inflammation may have a chance of coming down again..? it is now sat morning and the last time i ate anything was thurs night..the hunger pangs are bad too! but am i doing the right thing in doing nil my mouth at home? because it is said eat small and often''...

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    Hi Paul, there is really no "right" answer here. Everyone is different on how they recover from an attack. I have had 2 in the last 18 months and ended up in the hospital for 2 days with each one. This is what I found that works for me and had really improved my over all health. Grape seed extract ( 100% ) 500mg everyday along with 40mg of Prilosec. The anti acids really relieve the pancrease of additional work. My GI specialist highly recommended this- I would suggest eating small portions of pancrease loving foods. Cherries. Blueberries, spinach, red potatoes, grape juice (100%). I do think you should be eating something to get you entire digestive system working properly. Also, take ibuprofen instead of pain killers. Anti inflammatory is key- pain killers just mask the pain and doesn't do anything to resolve the issue and slows down your digestive track.( some of your pain could be due to constipation ) - 800mgs should really start to settled your pancreas down.....I hope you start feeling better soon. I started running every other day 6 months ago. Even when I was feeling uncomfortable and this also really helped to relieve pain and discomfort. Get your blood pumping and heart rate up and you will see a huge difference in your overall healthsmile Good luck, MK
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    Hi Paul,

    You are taking digestive enzymes, aren't you? If not, I think you should. I was in a lot of pain last week and I started taking them for the first time and the pain went. It came back a bit last night but today I was OK again. I'm no expert anyway as I'm fairly new to this condttion but also, I read that eating too much fruit is bad for pancreatitis. I have been eating a lot of fruit and decided to cut it back to a normal intake. It seems the fructose [ sugar] causes problems. Not eating anything at all might be a problem and sooner or later it's necessary. In the hospital they do provide you with nuitrition on the drip as far as I know,so it's different at home. I was advised to use a juicer and also to make smoothies with a blender as it's supposed to make the digestiion easier. I was also advised to cut out fat and only eat 'good' fats, whatever they are ! It's doable but a bit difficult to begin with.All the best and good health.    .    

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      i am pete,i'm taking creon 10000,with every meal,thats when i am eating,however for now,no eating and just sips of water to avoid dehydration and i actually think its done the trick now at this stage as of right now,writing this.. i am completely pain free! so it obviously worked and the pancreas needed the rest ..i eventually gave into the hunger and  had some mashed potato,so hopefully it does't flare up again ,.. anyway just have to keep soldiering on i suppose....
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    Yes paul, youre doing the right thing, Ive done up to 10 days with no food and just drank juiced fruit juice.

    When you start eating again, just make sure you take your digestive enzymes.

    Good luck and godbless

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