Pancreatitis
Howard

United States

#1 Aug 12, 2010
I had an acute attack of pancreatitis after a large fatty meal at Lawry's Prime Rib accompanied with some delicious wine. I spent 27 miserable days in the hospital following that evening. I believe that I am now totally better and healed. I am keeping away from fatty foods and alcohol. My question is do I need to stay completely away from wine for the rest of my life, or can I have a single or even a half of glass once in a while. So far the only articles I have found talk about alcoholism. I am certainly not an alcoholic, I just would like to have a glass of wine perhaps twice a month. Can anybody tell me if this is ok?
Jason

Punta Gorda, FL

#2 Aug 23, 2010
It is fine it won't hurt you unless you suffer from a serious form of pancreatiits like chronic or hereditary like i have.Those 2 types of pancreatits can be set off by the slightest amount of alcohol or type of fatty and greesy food.But in you case it was just a acute episode which usually gos back to normal after the attack and it can be set off again but it usually takes more then just a class or even a few classes and d even sayn heavy drinking 1 nite probably won't set it off again.But if you continue to drink heavy and not fallow a rite diet then yes your chances for another attack will be more likely to happen again and if you keep having attacks becausse you failed to take of your self then it could cause damage to the pancrease making it in2 a chronic disease.Then you will have some serious problems with often pain and increased odds for pancreatic cancer.Sorry for the lecture lol but to answer your question... yes its fine to have a glass wine it won't hurt plus wine is good for your heart :-]
Jason

Punta Gorda, FL

#3 Aug 23, 2010
It is fine it won't hurt you unless you suffer from a serious form of pancreatiits like chronic or hereditary like i have.Those 2 types of pancreatits can be set off by the slightest amount of alcohol or type of fatty and greesy food.But in you case it was just a acute episode which usually gos back to normal after the attack and it can be set off again but it usually takes more then just a glass or even a few glasses and id even go ass far as sayn heavy drinking 1 nite probably won't set it off again.But if you continue to drink heavy and not fallow a rite diet then yes your chances for another attack will be more likely to happen again and if you keep having attacks becausse you failed to take of your self then it could cause damage to the pancrease making it in2 a chronic disease.Then you will have some serious problems with often pain and increased odds for pancreatic cancer.Sorry for the lecture lol but to answer your question... yes its fine to have a glass wine it won't hurt plus wine is good for your heart :-]
TN RN

Pasadena, TX

#4 Sep 2, 2010
I have to disagree. Once you have had "acute" pancreatitis, it is possible that it will be the one and only "attack". However, it is well known in the medical community that an individual who has previously had pancreatitis is at higher risk for recurrance, than say, some one who has never had this illness. It is also common knowledge that gallbladder disfunction and alcohol consumption are the two primary causes of pancreatitis (while there are others). Acute pancreatitis can also turn into a "chronic" or "reccurring" issue/illness. This is a huge burden to live with as it usually involves recurring hospitalizations. Worst case scenario is the small number of patients with a (severe) acute or even chronic pancreatitis, that develops into "acute necrotizing pancreatitis" that leads to septic shock and multi system organ failure. I wont go into the details (but I advise you do your research). What I can tell you is that at this stage, patient outcomes are poor. My advice: every time you want a glass of wine, remember your 27 days in the hospital. With that length of stay, you were likely in the ICU for a good part of it, as many with this illness are. I guess the question comes down to "is a glass of wine worth the risk"? Only you can make that determination. Good luck and health to you in your recovery.
ergd

Pomona, CA

#5 Dec 8, 2010
My Dr. said one or two drinks a month, ie 12oz beer, 5oz glass of wine, or one shot
Steve

United States

#6 Feb 25, 2011
I was in the hospital 11 days and my doctor said no alcohol. For me it is not worth the risk to have a drink. It has been 8 months now and the longer it goes the less I miss it.
liz

Sioux Falls, SD

#7 May 3, 2011
I was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis in March 2011. The doctors ruled it a viral cause as I am a very moderate drinker and ruled my gallbladder and all organs to be working as they should.(had CT, hydascan, ultrasounds, etc) The strange thing is I had no pain with it...which from the sounds of everyone's posts- "typical" pancreatitis is brutal. So to the point of drinking wine- I really want to believe this was one fluke incident and I can enjoy a drink on occassion. I don't want to be stupid but must say I am very encouraged to hear people can have a glass or 2 of wine on occassion without relapse. Is there any medical evidence or research out there to support this idea?

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#8 Oct 23, 2011
Howard wrote:
I had an acute attack of pancreatitis after a large fatty meal at Lawry's Prime Rib accompanied with some delicious wine. I spent 27 miserable days in the hospital following that evening. I believe that I am now totally better and healed. I am keeping away from fatty foods and alcohol. My question is do I need to stay completely away from wine for the rest of my life, or can I have a single or even a half of glass once in a while. So far the only articles I have found talk about alcoholism. I am certainly not an alcoholic, I just would like to have a glass of wine perhaps twice a month. Can anybody tell me if this is ok?
I'm a walking-talking 32 years survivor of Acute Pancreatitis and Chronic Pancreatitis. Alcohol and fat are the two worst enemies of anyone with acute and/or chronic pancreatitis.

Alcohol is extremely toxic to the pancreas.

You may think you are healed and you may be right. Your pancreas may have healed itself. Mine did and it only healed because of MY regimen but I am NOT cured. In fact, after 24 years of ZERO Acute episodes I had a major one that entailed 11 different episodes within a 2 week period - all because I ate turkey sausage with "pork casings." I was finally diagnosed in 1979 by a brilliant GI doctor (after a previous 7 ER visits and 6 separate doctors appointments). If you enjoy pain and want more damage ...

Drink some alcohol - it usually does a better job than fat and fat is a killer for those with panc.

If you or anyone would like to know how I stay pain free visit my blog: overcomingpancreatitis.com

Don't drink, don't eat fat and avoid another 27 day stretch in the hospital.

Good luck,

The Health Guy
RMK

Wofford Heights, CA

#9 May 27, 2013
I going to join the military but I had acute pancreatitus and I want to no if all the shots they give me will overload my pancreas again or if my pancreas will be able to handle it
kar

Arlington, VA

#10 Feb 5, 2014
I have been batteling horrible pain in my upper left abdomen for years now. I have gone to 3 different GI DR and they always tell me its IBS The pain comes and goes but when the pain hits it feels like the life is getting sucked out of me. I feel drained weak non functional. Pain goes to my back and is crippling. I gave up on drs and the er cause they pump me up with fluids and send me home. Drs just say IBS. My pain right now is at an 8 been creeping up on me for a week.. Is it pancreatis cause I am sweating heart racing and feel like I just worked out and I have been sitting here for say 2 hours with heating pad on low. Someone help???"!!!
susyg

Ashburn, VA

#12 Aug 21, 2014
kar wrote:
I have been batteling horrible pain in my upper left abdomen for years now. I have gone to 3 different GI DR and they always tell me its IBS The pain comes and goes but when the pain hits it feels like the life is getting sucked out of me. I feel drained weak non functional. Pain goes to my back and is crippling. I gave up on drs and the er cause they pump me up with fluids and send me home. Drs just say IBS. My pain right now is at an 8 been creeping up on me for a week.. Is it pancreatis cause I am sweating heart racing and feel like I just worked out and I have been sitting here for say 2 hours with heating pad on low. Someone help???"!!!
The elevated enzymes that "prove" pancreatitis will only be elevated during the attack. They return to normal after attack but damage happens with every episode. Pain in upper left abdomen that goes to back is a sign of pancreatitis cause the pancreas is behind the stomach. Years??? That is terrible and my heart goes out to you. As SOON as the pain starts you go to Dr. Tell them to check your enzyme level now. Drs refusal to check for pancreatitis is why so many people are getting pancreatic cancer. Early detection and proper diet can prevent this deadly cancer. Insist kar because this is your life and we only have one life. Good bless and demand to be taken seriously and get help.
The Health Guy

Spokane, WA

#13 Apr 16, 2015
The Health Guy wrote:
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I'm a walking-talking 32 years survivor of Acute Pancreatitis and Chronic Pancreatitis. Alcohol and fat are the two worst enemies of anyone with acute and/or chronic pancreatitis.
Alcohol is extremely toxic to the pancreas.
You may think you are healed and you may be right. Your pancreas may have healed itself. Mine did and it only healed because of MY regimen but I am NOT cured. In fact, after 24 years of ZERO Acute episodes I had a major one that entailed 11 different episodes within a 2 week period - all because I ate turkey sausage with "pork casings." I was finally diagnosed in 1979 by a brilliant GI doctor (after a previous 7 ER visits and 6 separate doctors appointments). If you enjoy pain and want more damage ...
Drink some alcohol - it usually does a better job than fat and fat is a killer for those with panc.
If you or anyone would like to know how I stay pain free visit my blog: overcomingpancreatitis.com
Don't drink, don't eat fat and avoid another 27 day stretch in the hospital.
Good luck,
The Health Guy
Blog address has changed to http://beatingpancreatitis.com/

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