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ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
9/7/12 11:16 A

Seeing your doctor will also be a 'double check' of what the ER doc diagnosed.

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 9/7/2012 (11:37)
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9/5/12 10:23 A

Definitely talk to a doctor who specializes in this sort of thing and then a dietitian to help you make the needed changes.

I was under the impression that the pancreas made enzymes that help break down proteins, fats and also hormones associated with carbohydrate metabolism. So advising low-fat makes no sense to me whatsoever without further information....but what do I know, my PhD is only in biochemistry. Did you get your blood triglycerides checked? Your LDL and HDL? The quick fix for those are statins or lower carbohydrate consumption...depending on your current diet. Do you have a fatty pancreas or liver? This could be a more chronic problem or too much alcohol. Did they say anything about alcohol consumption? Depending on several lab results the treatment for this differs greatly.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
9/5/12 9:02 A

Good advice from your doctor will help with that feeling of frustration. If he can't be specific, then he can at least refer you to a dietician. At your local library, there are lots of diet books and maybe one or two are low-fat. Diet books tend to be skewed these days to different philosophies, but the only diet I know of that is NOT low-fat is the low-carb diet.

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,915
9/5/12 8:44 A

You must talk to a doctor about this. No one on Spark is qualified to answer questions about a specific medical problem like this.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,275
9/5/12 7:51 A

i'm not sure what kind of a hospital you went to, but most of the ones i have been to have handy little photocopies of what you should and shouldn't be eating. they figured out that tired and sick people can't remember quite as well as they need to. so they should have given you something like that. check through the paperwork they gave you on care at home.

but even if they had, this is the point where you should be touching base with your regular doctor [and yes, getting a referral to a registered dietitian if you need to] for long term management of this issue. because if you're actually not feeling much better, it could be a bigger, more serious, or different issue or a complicating factor.

where you are at right now is needing care from your doctor and no one on here is qualified to do that for.

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9/4/12 11:12 P

I would ask for a referral to a registered dietician who can take your individual medical needs into account, and design a diet safe for your condition to prevent a recurrence. You need to follow up with a regular doctor for recommendations to treat your condition.

My husband had pancreatitis, too; very unfun. He was in the hospital for a week! He was also told that alcohol is a common cause, but that's usually heavy drinkers (he isn't.)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 9/4/2012 (23:13)
GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,778
9/4/12 10:49 P

I would suggest that you go back through the foods you have tracked for a few weeks. Look at the full report to see which foods were the high fat. Perhaps you could find another food to replace those in the future. And most important: track what you eat and that way you will know what fats you are eating. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

TXHAWK36 Posts: 54
9/4/12 9:55 P

First of all, I don't "diet" I try to make healthy choices. However, I went to the ER on Saturday for chronic pain on my right side ... all to be told I had Pancreatitis (on my left side). The cure for such is to "rest" your pancreas. This is done by not eating or drinking anything until the pancreas gets happy again. In my case it was a mild case and I only had to go 53 hours without any food or drink.

I was told to have a low fat diet to avoid problems in the future. But being a hospital and all there was no quality explanation. So, how much fat should I have?? I am watching fat and changing meats and veggies as needed, but I don't know what I should aim for in way of fat.

Anyone have any suggestions. Oh and the pain on the right side, still hurts as my appendix and gall bladder checked out, they didn't see any need for further review at the hospital.

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