Pancreatitis Support Group

Chronic pancreatitis can present as episodes of acute inflammation in a previously injured pancreas, or as chronic damage with persistent pain or malabsorption. Patients with chronic pancreatitis can present with persistent abdominal pain or steatorrhea, as well as severe nausea. Some patients with chronic pancreatitis often look very sick, while others don't appear to be unhealthy at all.

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pancreatitis attack

I had a pancreatitis attack which lasted 5 days with all the symptoms: severe abdominal pain, nausea, sweating, fever, chills, swollen abdomen, weakness, etc... I rarely drink, but it started the next day to a night I had a few drinks. The pain and how I felt was so bad that I am afraid of having it again. (Needless to say I will never have another drink)... I have always heard that pancreatitis can be developed due to regular alcohol consumption. Can it be developed by someone who rarely drinks? Does that mean I have pancreatitis or it can be an isolated attack? Can anyone help me with these questions?

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Have you went to your doctor regarding these symptoms? If not, I think that would be a good idea.

I think that in some cases people who rarely drink can get pancreatitis.
patrn
patrn

Hi, yes you can get pancreatitis even with one drink. This happened to my twin sister. She round up in the hospital... they said she needed her gallbladder out so she had surgery. She continued to have elevated pancreatic enzymes and pain. I suggested that we take her to a specialist and we went to the University of Chicago. They did lots of testing there and at that time we found out she had pancreatic cancer from a genetic defect that they found. She has had a whipple surgery and has finished chemo. This all happened in a 9 month's time. Please seek medical help. If you get worse get to a MD that specializes with the pancreas. You need to have a special diet and help with the pain. Don't wait. Good luck to you!
Pat
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deleted_user

Hello,
Like the others have said you can develop pancreatitis without being a steady drinker. Alcohol can trigger an attack and should be avoided if you do indeed have pancreatitis. I do hope you have either gone to the ER or seen your doctor. The important thing is to see someone when you are experiencing the pain as sometimes you may not test positive for elevated enzymes after an attack has cooled down. I wish you the best of luck. Any other questions feel free to ask away!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thanks to those who replied to my message. I did go to the doctor and had am abdominal sonogram done on Monday because the doctor suggested it might be the gallbladder. They have not called me, meaning everything is ok. I have not had anything else, so I believe it might have been an isolated attack. I'll see the doctor again on August 5th just to go over the test's results.
By the way, Patrn, I also have a twin sister!
Thanks to all for your concern!