I was diagnosed with Chronic Pancreatitis in December 2016 after 4 months of pain and tests. At the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, several stones were removed from my pancreatic duct and a stent was placed. After about 6 days, I was almost pain free, my appetite returned and I began to regain a little of the 40+ lbs I had lost. For about 7 days this was how I felt. Then the pain began to return and remains today (9 days). Although not as severe as pre-stent placement, it is enough to really drag down my quality of life. I am scheduled to have the stent and any subsequent stones removed in about 10 days. My main questions are: Am I going to be in pain the rest of my life? and If so, what are the options for long term pain management?
Not necessarily. CP can come and go over the years, altho mine is always there to some extent.
I'd say give yourself and you body time to heal. It's only been a short while now. You could very well heal completely and be done with your cranky panky.
I know the feeling of despair tho. I got my CP from an ERCP gone wrong. Just a tiny mistake that tore my life apart. Since Dec 2005, I went from pretty healthy, very active, tenure college professor to this small pain-filled life. But you learn to live AROUND the pain and illness. You HAVE to! What other choice is there really...
Too soon for you to despair. The pancreas is very temperamental and take times and care to heal. So I'd say give it both and keep your ducts crossed (for good luck)!
I too have cp going on 15 yrs. mine has been very bad, but i learned that the stent can clog and cause more pain. if this has happened ( in my case ) the dr. removes the stent and will put a new one in. i had stents in me for at least 6 mths at a time. I have had 80% of my pancreas removed with no luck. i am now fixing to have a complete pancreatectomy and am very worried. I too had a ercp go wrong but not the cause of my pancreatitis. Try cutting out fats in your diet. I know this is hard, talk to a diethication for foods not to eat. everything causes me pain now. I wish the best for you!
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