Son in hospital w/ pancreatitis - wor...

Son in hospital w/ pancreatitis - worried

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Willis, TX

#1 Jul 23, 2012
My son has had some abdominal problems for several years. He had nausea and vomiting episodes that lasted several days at a time and he would have to go to hospital at times for IV fluids.

Last spring, he was extemely sick - major abdominal pain and nausea. He had Acute pancreatitis and was in the ICU for a week. Supposedly no permanent damage.

He had several episodes of abdominal pain and nausea since, but they said his Lipase was normal and they thought it was something else. He has GERD and they gave him medicine for that.

This past Saturday he had another Acute attack of pancreatitis. All the Lipase normal range levels are different it seems in each hospital. But his levels are supposed to be very high again.

They gave him a CT scan when he was admitted and said his pancreas was enlarged. They are now taking him to have some ultrasounds done.(I live in a different city, so I just have to get little tidbits of information.) Not sure why they are doing that, since the CT should show more?

So, I'm concerned that he may have Chronic Pancreatitis. How is that determined? Although the pain and lipase levels do see very high.

I'm concerned about diabetes, possibility of cancer and read somewhere that the lifespan for someone with chronic pancreatitis was about 7 years. This can't be correct? How serious is this?

He had his triglycerides tested last month and they were 778. I suppose that has something to do with it. I also have high triglycerides.

Racine, WI

#2 Aug 6, 2012
I have chronic pancreatitis with 65% function. You can have a pancreas that has 25% function and be okay. Sometimes people get them removed and live but on meds the rest of their lives. I had a bad gall bladder that caused mine. Spent 10 days in the ICU. Then 3.5 months in the hospital. I had stents put in my ducts 2 months or less ago and now they are gonna remove them. You have to eat very low fat if you have chronic pancreatitis. Fat hurts your pancreas a lot. I get my stents out on August 13th. I'm currently pretty sick with abdomen pain. I was told my pancreas looks like a 75 yr olds and I'm 34. If you take care of yourself according to the guidlines, you should be okay. My story is still ongoing. Its scary. The 7 yr lifespan is incorrect. The technology and medicines are very up to date. It really depends on the person following DR's orders of low fat food.

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