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3/25/12 12:52 A

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There are OTHER causes too, the gallbladder/common duct issue is just the most prevalent... and it can happen that the gallbladder doesn't give off any symptoms too, so they wouldn't necessarily look. Did they do an ultrasound? USUALLY that will show any gallbladder or other duct involvement. They use that as part of the process of elimination when they're making a diagnosis... it doesn't sound like they told you much at all. Maybe they didn't want you to worry about it. I think I'd ask questions the next time I saw my doc if I were you... and I'd watch what I ate! LOL

Keep us in the loop, ok?

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3/24/12 2:33 P

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gr8 info.... i didn't know the gallbladder & pancreas shared a duct... good to know!


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3/24/12 11:43 A
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That is very interesting, Kathy. No one ever said anything to me about gall blader and a possible connection with the pancreas. And none of the searches I did after I got home said anything about it......

I will have to do some more digging on this. My twin sister had her gall blader removed several years ago and she does a lot of research on the net..... Even she never said anything....

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3/24/12 9:11 A

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I know a LITTLE about it... the most common cause of pancreatitis doesn't start with the pancreas but with the gallbladder. They share a common duct, and when gallstones form, that duct can be obstructed--and depending on where the obstruction is, it can cause a back-up in the digestive enzymes created by the pancreas so instead of going where they need to to help break down our food, they damage the pancreas itself...

I know this because I had gallbladder issues, had to have mine removed four years ago, so I did a lot of research before the surgery... I had THOUSANDS of itty bitty gallstones, like sandy sludge they told me. They weren't big enough to block the ducts, but there were so many they couldn't pass through fast enough... it was becoming a real problem I was lucky the stones were small so my pancreas didn't get involved yet... it was STILL no fun.

If that's the cause with you, my guess is they'll continue to monitor you for possible problems... and if you're lucky it will be a one time thing. A diet low in saturated fats and rich in fruits and veggies can help prevent recurrences, so SP can be a huge help...

Seems like you're doing pretty well so far!...
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3/21/12 11:10 P
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I was hospitalized with pancreatitis in July 2008. It was painful, but the worst part was I couldn't hold anything down, had to go on IV and was not allowed anything by mouth, not even water

I don't know what caused it and luckily I have not had a recurrance but everytime I get sick to my stomache, I get worried....

A couple of years ago I had to have an ulta sound (for something else) and the technician told me I had a very healthy looking pancreas. That was very good news.

I wish you speady recovery. Hope they get it figured out soon, and without surgery....



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{{{hugs}}}

i understand pancreatitis is inflammation in the pancreas? I haven't had it but a book I've been reading has some info that might be helpful... Diabetes without Drugs by Suzie Cohen, worth the read...

I hope you can get this squared away without surgery!

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3/21/12 10:36 A

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Don't know anyone whose had it.

What part is frustrating you? I'm assuming you're having to be treated as a diabetic...is it a permanent situation or does it resolve itself?


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3/20/12 10:39 P

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wanted to know if they're group members dealing w/this. im quite frustrated and at my wits end dealing w/this for the 4th time. and of course i baffle all of the doctors b/c they dont have any real concrete answers other than wanting to send me to chapel hill for exploratory surgery. i think they can figure it out w/out having to cut on me...any feedback would b appreciated.

I am my own worst enemy and you don't need me interferring/doing your job. Please GOD, save me from myself!

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