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PANCREATITIS

Pancreatitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the pancreas. 

Background Information on Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large organ behind the stomach that produces digestive enzymes and a number of hormones. There are two main types: acute pancreatitis, and chronic pancreatitis. Signs and symptoms of pancreatitis include pain in the upper abdomen, nausea and vomiting. The pain often goes into the back and is usually severe. In acute pancreatitis, a fever may occur, and symptoms typically resolve in a few days.In chronic pancreatitis weight loss, fatty stool, and diarrhea may occur. Complications may include infection, bleeding, diabetes mellitus, or problems with other organs. When I was admitted to the hospital the first time with pancreatitis by bowels and bladder had started to shut down.

Traditional Treatment

Patients are typically admitted to the hospital and supported with IV fluids and not given anything by mouth. This stops the release of pancreatic juices which is attacking the pancreas. 

After 24 to 72 hours the diet it advanced it clear liquids, followed by a full liquid diet and an eventual return to a regular diet as tolerated.

I was put on a feeding tube for nearly a week so I could get additional nutrition because I was not keeping anything down after 72 hours on my second admission.

 

 

Typical Symptoms of

Pancreatitis

 

Vomiting

Abdominal Pain

Rapid Pulse

Loss of Appetitie

Joint Pain

Tender Abdomen

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