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Hello, I am new to this forum. I had my gallbladder removed last year due to "sluggish emptying" and everyone said I would be back to normal within a couple of weeks, but I am wondering now if anything will ever be normal again. Two months after my cholecystecomy, I was awakened at two in the morning by a distressing pain in the center of my upper abdomen. I drank some baking soda and water and then a can of ginger ale, trying to relieve the pressure I felt building in my tummy. One good burp and the pain will stop, I thought as I paced the floors of my darkened house, wondering if I were being a hypochondriac. Then the pain got intrnse, fast. I found myself hyperventilating, gasping in breaths to control the burning, tightening pain in my upper abdomen and back. I fell onto my hands and knees beside the bed and called out for my husband, who was asleep. Between gasps I told him I needed to go to the ER.
Long story short, I spent the next 3 days in the hospital receiving nothing by mouth. The doctor said my pancreas was "on fire." Digestive enzymes "off the chart."
After this one episode, nothing happened for a couple of months, then WHAM! I was on my way to help a friend run her daughter's yard sale when out of the blue that same horrible, gnawing, intense pain returned. I was gasping and writhing in the passenger seat, trying to find a way to escape the pain, and my friend started driving straight toward the nearest hospital when WHAM--the pain dissipated as quickly as it had come. I felt fine then, just embarrassed, and went on and worked the yard sale.
Since last year, I have suffered at least ten of these mini attacks of pancreatitis, three of which happened last week. They seem to be getting more intense and painful, so much so that I actually begged a coworker to dial 911. Of course, by the time the paramedics got there, the pain was subsiding, so I didn't go with them. I did go to my GP on the same day and tell him about it and he set me up for an endoscopy because he was sure I had a stomach ulcer. I had the endoscopy and guess what? No stomach or duodenal ulcers. I have told every doctor I have been going to that these are brief attacks of pancreatitis--once you feel it once you never forget that pain--but for some reason I am getting the runaround, it seems. First they suspected IBS...then a gluten intolerance, and finally an ulcer. I know what I am feeling. Do any of you experience these random, violent attacks of pancreatitis, and if so, what should I do next? I am living in Fear that anything I eat will bring on another attack. I don't want to live in fear! I just want to live!
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