Pancreas still feels funny, not pain, but a preasure of sorts..

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So I got out of the hospital about a month ago for acute pancreatitis. They wouldn't let me leave till I was able to eat solid foods. And while there they gave me solid foods too quick which inflamed my pancreas some more and I ended up staying another week as a result. But anyway, now a month later I had been feeling something that would come and go. At first it aaaalmost felt like a pain but would never build and it was on the left side of my abdomen. It didn't feel exactly like a pancreas attack because it didn't hurt, but it was on the left side. Again, it would come and go, 1 or 2 times a day for ten minutes at a time. Now it is very dull and every now and then I can feel a little twing. I dunno, they said that my pancreas experienced some bruising in the hospital so I guess it got beat up more than I would have hoped for.

Maybe I answered my own question there, but I was wondering how long does it take before you feel relatively normal with no twinges of dull pain or preasure?

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    I had a very similar experience. It's been about a month and I, like you, still have discomfort on my left side which comes and goes. I don't know how long this lasts either. I have not been eating any solid food though. I'm going to be visiting my primary care physician today so if I get any concrete answers I will share that info with you.
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    About 6 months, thats how long it took me.

    Try to relax and dont think about it to much because itll stress you out and that will slow down the healing process.

    Go to the store and buy some digestive enzymes, thatll give your pancreas time to heal while you eat, it wont have to produce as many enzymes to digest food.

    Godbless and good luck.

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    Thanks for replying you guys. I hope everybody here is feeling better as soon as possible. And I'll take your advice hnery01196 and look into digestive enzymes. I am at least glad I found this forum. All my questions are answered here reasonably quickly and well. Bah! If only I'd known about this pancreas stuff before hand.
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    On another thread re enzymes the topic was the cost, they're very expensive unless you live in a country which has a national health benefit scheme and if so best prescribed by your doctor to get the saving rather than over the counter.  Alternatively there are online

    sites that help with the costs, check with the drug manufacturer first

    they often have a section for that.

    You can adjust the amount you need, no worries about overdosing. When my pancreas is playing up I take at 80000 -100000BP when it settles I can drop to 10,000BP.  Eat small amounts of low fat food several times a day rather than at one or two sittings.  Do the right thing and you might not progress to chronic.

    If you are at a long lunch or dinner you need to take enzymes again during the meal, they only last for 30 minutes my gastro told me.

    It can take months for things to settle after an attack.


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    Gosh I am on the exact same road as you, i got out of the hospital about a month ago also. I still get pains on my side randomly, especially after i over do myself. Inknow the best thing for me is rest but I just can't sit still, the week in the hospital were absolute misery. I hope your pain gets better quickly and I know that this is probably one of the worst pains someone can have without expecting it.
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    Follow a good pancreatic diet

    Eat small meals several times a day, drink plenty of water before and after meals

    No stress as much as possible

    don't eat late at night, nothing after 6:00/pm helps me.

    Do some walking in between meals or some type of exercise, don't over do.

    Get the enzymes as suggested, they don't last long in the digestive track so take them when you have eaten about 3/4 of your meal, so they can have a chance to work.

    Get plenty of rest, you will notice in the morning you feel less of the twinges and dull pain/pressure.

    As stated all of this will allow your pancreas a chance to rest and heal.

    Also as stated, try not to think to much about it.

    Hope you get to feeling better soon

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