Pancreatitis: A patient’s story to the first pancreatitis complications

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis: A patient’s story to the first pancreatitis complications

  • June 21, 2021

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In this blog, we will share with you a patient’s story about the pancreatitis complications he had. During the initial consultation, at our Liver Hospital in Ludhiana, he was informed in detail on what he should do, don’t, and how it can be treated. We also want to enlighten you with the fact that Gastrointestinal Surgery in Punjab is needed in the case when the problem is extremely severe or nothing is helping the patients.

Now, Let’s see what the patient has shared about his pancreatitis complications

Initial Pancreatitis Complications

Hi! Myself Rohan

Initially, I faced pancreatitis complications in 2005, when I just had lunch. The pain was so severe that I was not able to move. When I consulted the doctor I came to know that I had faced an episode of acute pancreatitis. After this, the problem was there for around 2 years. Later, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Although, the doctor suggested lifestyle changes that helped me with my condition.

In 2009, I started having digestive issues along with weight loss and oily stools. After some time, when my symptoms were checked again I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis symptoms. With time, I started gaining weight but my digestive symptoms always made things difficult for me.

Treatment for Pancreatitis

My digestive issues were getting out of control and with the doctor’s help, I started to manage the disease. Back in 2019, I was diagnosed with EPI which made it difficult for my pancreas to function properly. All thanks to the doctor, everything was much easier, and understood the right dosage required for the symptoms. When both the problems combined – Diabetes and Pancreatitis it made things worse. I came to know that diabetes I had was linked to the digestive issue.

Severe Pancreatitis Complications

Last year, I had a bone density test and the results were not at all fine. The results were so low that I was not able to believe how I was able to walk all this time. I got another test and it confirmed that I have osteoporosis.

Now, I need to get a semi-annual test to make sure my vitamin levels are right for fat absorption and keep a check on osteoporosis. With the right kind of disease management offered by the doctor, everything was much easier for me.

What I have understood on my journey of pancreatitis complications?

Pancreatitis is a progressive problem, but managing the symptoms on time can avoid the complications. Make sure that you consult the doctor from time to time so that the problem can be prevented from increasing at the right stage. In case, you notice pain that is making things difficult for you, then take immediate action as it is about your overall well-being.

Final thought

Take the best care of yourself under the guidance of a health expert. Do not neglect any unwanted symptoms and prompt action can prevent a health problem from getting worse.

Pancreatitis

Everything you need to know about Pancreatitis condition along with treatment options

  • November 9, 2020

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Overview

Pancreatitis is referred to as inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is the large gland that is present behind the stomach and is close to the small intestine beginning. 

Types of Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is of 2 types

  • Acute pancreatitis happens suddenly and it can last for a few days. 
  • Chronic pancreatitis happens with time and it can lead to scarring and the normal functioning of the pancreas is affected. With this condition, the digestion is impacted or the diabetes problem can occur. 

If there is a problem of acute pancreatitis then it can lead to chronic types. If the condition is severe then it can turn out to be life-threatening. 

Symptoms

Symptoms of acute pancreatitis:

  • Pain in the upper abdomen which reaches the back or because of eating it can become worse. 
  • Pain in the abdomen when touched
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Rapid pulse
  • Weight loss

Symptoms of chronic pancreatitis may include:

  • Indigestion
  • Oily, smelly stools
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss

Make sure to consult the doctor for abdominal pain or if the condition is getting or discomfort is increasing with time. 

How is the problem diagnosed?

To diagnose your condition, the doctor is going to ask about the symptoms. After that, a physical examination will be done and different tests which are mentioned below:

  • Blood tests
  • CT (computed tomography) scan
  • Urine tests
  • Stool tests
  • MRCP (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography)
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)

Treatment

The treatment will be started at the hospital and then it will begin at home. Some of the best options are:

  • Pain medication and pain management
  • IV (intravenous) fluids 
  • Antibiotics 
  • ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
  • Surgery to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy)
  • Surgery to drain fluid from the pancreas or to remove effects on pancreas parts. 
  • Dietary changes and enzyme supplements
  • Fasting so the pancreas can rest