I had pancreatitis three years ago after taking my children out for pizza (they had good grades) . Didn't know what hit me, but I hit the floor (fainted) that evening, which never happened to me before. Scary for everyone, was in the hosptial three days and had alot of tests. We were told it was pancreatitis, so now I'm leary of pizza and fried foods.
With Pancreatitis, you cut the fat, get more excerise, be alert to your body telling you something isn't right. Eat small meals and if you drink more water it will help alot. I have water with fresh lemon slices. My husband likes the peppermint in his water- read it was good to settle the stomach...he says it helps.
At the end of Dec. my husband complained of pain in his upper stomach....'do a search for me will you and find out what is going on?' So this searching found he had Gall Bladder issues. I learned alot like: Men's symptoms are different than for women in most the cases. Men have heart burn, pain up in the middle of the stomach between the breast bones. Women have pain on their sides, and both can have pain in their lower back. The gall badder is behind the stomach so you feel full easily and the acid in you stomach will make the gall badder pain worse.
What we are doing (as he refused to see the doctor,-like most men). We cut his fat in all meals,no red meat, no fired foods, small meals -not three big meals but 5 or 6 through out the day (like smal snacks). The meals are fresh fruit and veggies, clear soups, and homemade - to avoid the perservatives and additives. My research showed one could have small portions of nuts,(almonds are best). Lots of water, herbal teas with out caffeine. Avoid the caffinee - as it casues acid in the stomach. Also beer it also causes gas and pressure to the gall bladder. Eat whole grains, leafty green veggies, colorful fruits, like tomatoes, bell peppers, squash... Foods high in protien like fish, legumens, lowfat dairy, lean meats (white meats:turkey, chicken breast).. fatty fish like salmon and albacoure are good for omeg 3 fats that can help reduce inflamation. BUT don't over do on them OK. Sweet potato, baked potato provide glouse and healthy fats, olive oil, canola oil use sparinly - I use a spray of Pam or Olive oil spray for baking or if I'm cooking. Grill or bake your foods-don't fry, eat fruit or veggie salads and whole wheat buns(watch the sugar in canned foods). Brown rice, soy milk. Must avoid spices as they will cause acid to build and burn in the stomach and you deal with pain.
In the searching I also read to avoid: eggs, cheese, bacon, sauage, butter, tea unless it's herbal, sugar, coffee, all caffeine, including engery drinks, wine, beer, tobacco, pizza.
We now eat ground. turkey, ground chicken, small portions and a lot more fruits and fresh veggies. We are doing better...
Hubby was told at work by another lady who dealt with gall stones that she uses the natural digestive "Papaya Enzyme" along with milk free "Acidophilus and Bifidum" which promotes intestinal health. Both are taken after meals or when feeling that "full" feeling comes on. I did some research on these and we have the chewables thru Amazon. Started them yesterday...so it's to soon to say if this is working yet. My research showed these to be good at helping reduce the acid and help with digestine, which didn't allow the gas to bloat you and pressure is not on the gall bladder.
What I would suggest is you do a internet search on these AND on Gall Bladder symptoms. Read all you can so you can make good wise choices, you are preparing yourself for what is to come or may not come. Being informed is your right/choice. Doctors sometimes will tell you one thing but not tell you the other options as they want their money- and if you ask them they do their research just like we do...over the internet, and by talking to others like we are doing. It's your life, your money, and sometimes you can feel like a gunine pig when these doctors don't know what to tell you... been down that path a few times over the years, just like many others have. Doctors are not gods and they dont' have all the anwers for you. You do the research, you know what is going on, then when a doctor says somethign you can either argree with them or question them and have them say.."I need to check on that (they go do the research)'.
I'm in totally agree with the other comments here. If your gall bladder is full of stones and you're in pain . Please go have it taken care of, it's not something to mess with and putting it off will become life threatening...read that often in the researching. So please-even if you don't have insurance -good hospitals are willing to work with you
Hope this helps a little and please keep this topic updated would you.
Edited by: OLETURTLELOVER at: 1/25/2013 (14:56)