Pancreatitis, now what?
I didn't check in much because life was not easy, and I simply got tired and depressed. But here I am again.
On February 18 this year, I experienced extreme pain and was sick for three days, high fever and everything. I could not eat or drink so I went without even water for three days.
The third day I was vomiting day, only bitter fluid came out.
I was extremely sick.
The fourth day I could hold in some water, the fifth day I could stomach some bouillon, day six was 'a bit better' and I started eating. Very carefully and only light things.
I called the GP the third day, I was too sick before. They told me he would come over the next day. Which he did, and he told me he came for nothing because I was feeling a bit better. I felt stupid and and guilty.
Five days later: another attack. Three days, same situation, no drinking, pain, high fever.
Two weeks later: again. This time I was taken to hospital. I was told there was nothing on the CT. Blood values were okay. A bit high on inflammation values though.
I was told to take meds to empty my bowels, so to speak, although they didn't see any obstructions. They sent me home. I took the litre of fluids but vomited out most of it. I still felt quite sick.
I saw the internist this week. He said I most likely (99%) have pancreatitis. That's what I thought to begin with. I have gallstones which caused this. I should have surgery to remove them but I am not healthy enough for surgery and need to recuperate first.
I am working on getting better, physically. I should get a treadmill but my funds are low, I still am going to get it because I really need it. I look forward to walking no matter the weather!
I also started a diet. I had no idea but since February 18 I thought I would eat what I like, which is healthy.
My meals are three times a day and pretty light. I eat mostly vegetables and fruit. Don't take 'mostly vegetables and fruit' lightly though: I eat about 3/4 kilo of it per day 😀
I eat vegetarian stuff to accompany it, and a delightful late night snack with melon and soy yoghurt. I also eat nuts.
About an hour or more I get a sense of pressure high in my back. I sense this on a regular basis. Even now, I feel the slight pressure.
I don't drink alcohol, I never smoked or did drugs. I have been quite solitary and shy and mostly lived inside with my animals. I don't know many people and live alone; I am concerned because when I'm sick I can't take care of my animals.
I have a few questions, hoping someone can shed light.
🔸 Can someone help me check my diet?
🔸 I heard diagnosing pancreatic cancer is almost impossible until it's too late. Is this true?
🔸 Are there new ways to diagnose pancreatic cancer?
🔸 What can I do, apart from avoiding fat as much as possible, to prevent another attack?
🔸 If I prevent attacks, does this lower the chance of developing pancreatic cancer?
🔸 I read that fat should still be eaten, about 30 grams a day max. Does anyone know more about this?
Thank you for reading this.