Thursday, 13 June 2013

Sport after Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis? How long until you can play sport again?

A common question amongst pancreatitis sufferers is how long does it take to play sport again after bouts of acute and chronic pancreatitis.

- The main answer is as long as it takes the body to rehydrate properly and as long as it takes the patient to feel back to normal. The illness often leads to dehydration which contributes to organ failure. It is therefore important that sufferers allow adequate time to heal. If you can take some extra weeks or months to recover than I advise you to do that. Don't rush getting back to sport as soon as you can.

Another important fact is for say boxers. Pancreatitis in most is not caused by trauma. For that fact you can continue contact sports after. However if your pancreatitis was caused by trauma than I would seriously consider retiring from contact sports.

As I have mentioned previously doctors will give you the worst case scenario. But worst case scenarios do happen so don't make the mistake of thinking that will never happen to you. I am taking the attitude to respect that it could happen to me again. So I avoid most sport at the moment that involves contact. I do stay fit personally though through running and walking and yoga.

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