Monday, 24 March 2014

Does Pancreatitis Cause Diarrohea? My Different Experience with Diarrhea.

I was shocked when I searched through my site to see that I hadn’t covered whether pancreatitis causes Diarrohea. This is one of the most common questions sufferers have and I was embarrassed that I haven’t answered this as of yet. What I am going to say goes off my personal experience which occurred 14 months ago when i was struck down with an acute condition while on holidays with my family in New York City. Apart from being an expensive holiday to get foreign medical treatment which also caused me to not undertake in any fun activities that were planned, I did have a weird experience with Diarrhea when I had pancreatitis. 

Now a symptom of pancreatitis has been described as having foul smelling diarrhea stools. I had diarrhea but it was completely the opposite. The stools were virtually clear liquid that came out and they came out with substantial force. I was unable to hold this in for more than a minute so I wasn’t able to leave my hotel room when I was sick. My stools were clear and felt gassy which I hadn’t felt before. I described the experience as weird because in my entire life my stools hadn’t felt like that when being released. Granted, I didn’t have much food in my stomach because I was so sick I didn’t eat much for the days before. I had also confused pancreatitis and my diarrhea with a food bug which was going around New York City at the time. However my stools weren’t foul smelling at all, like what is described amongst several respected medical sites, that I have researched. I guess this shows that everyone is different and some people have different symptoms and reactions. 

On that trip apart from having constant diarrhea which was not foul smelling and which was released as clear liquid as a result of acute pancreatitis, I also consumed a lot of gatorade and water to rehydrate. I was hydrated, however I was constantly sweating from cold and hot patches, my body would be cold one minute and I would go to sleep. I would suddenly wake up sweating and would have to take all my clothes off minutes later. To counter this during my hot periods i consumed adequate amounts of fluid and my urine was minimal. I consider this to be due to my body being dehydrated due to the sweating. 

Never the less what I am trying to say is Pancreatitis did cause diarrhea in me, however it was more of a clear liquid than a foul smelling stool. This might be graphic information but it shows that everyone can have different symptoms. The best thing to do is go to your local doctor or hospital as soon as you can. The week in which I was sick with pancreatitis, suffering from constant diarrhea was the worst week I have had healthwise in my life. It was full of pain and the anxiety of knowing something was wrong, but not knowing what it was also played on my mind. 

I hope this experience of myn I have shared has been useful for you. I would also like to remind you to subscribe to our email subscription service, which is updated once a month or every six weeks with new findings and studies about pancreatitis. We also have a search box on the bottom right hand side which can be used to access specific pancreatitis content, which we have posted in the past and we have covered most important pancreatitis topics.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Can Pancreatitis Cause Blood In Urine or Dark Urine?

This may not be the most pleasant post I have updated on this site, however I have received several emails regarding whether pancreatitis can cause blood in urine or a dark colored urine. I have done a few hours research on this and the conclusion is pancreatitis usually causes dark colored urine because it contains more bile than normal.

Having blood in the urine as a result of pancreatitis is not so common, however a symptom is excessive amounts of urine. You might find your urination is larger than normal or more frequent. However dark urine is mainly a symptom of chronic pancreatitis and isn’t common in acute cases. It seems as though chronic pancreatitis often causes different colored stools since it contains different levels of bile than normal, often leading to a lighter color. 

Dark colored urine can occur as a result of increased bile and this is common in people who are suffering from chronic pancreatitis. Research on this continues each week so keep doing as much research as possible and if you have any questions remember to go see your local doctor or go to a local hospital. I have mentioned many times on this site that any complications caused by pancreatitis need to be treated and identified as soon as possible as complications can worsen and prove fatal. It can also lead to a clear mind and could stop you unnecessarily worrying that you have developed the condition. 

When I suffered from acute pancreatitis I didn’t notice a change in my urine, however I did notice a big change in my stools. The color was different to normal stools and the size of the stool varied substantially. However several of my symptoms may have been forgotten due to other problems such as cold and hot spells and stomach and back pains that took up the most of my attention and this is what I remember the most. 

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

The Curse Of Acid Reflux. Does Pancreatitis Cause Acid Reflux?

After having severe acute pancreatitis over one year ago I am noticing that I have a bouts of acid reflux. Especially after large meals or consuming soft drink. It got me thinking about how pancreatitis potentially caused my acid reflux and I have since studied the topic to try find the answer. Currently I take somac during bouts of acid reflux, which I can thankfully say only occur once or twice a month. Before having pancreatitis over a year ago I hadn’t had any bouts of acid reflux, however after having pancreatitis, thats when the problems started. 

When I had acute pancreatitis for over a week, I can’t remember If i noticed having acid reflux at the time. The reason is because other painful symptoms were my main focus. Pains in my back and ribs and stomach region were overwhelming and took my mind off things such as acid reflux. So during the time when I actually had pancreatitis my memory is limited, however I can say that after having these pancreas problems, I did develop acid reflux and consistent bouts which have lasted over a year so far and I expect to last a lot longer. 

After researching the subject acid reflux is one of the main symptoms of pancreatitis. I most likely had severe acid reflux during the time I was in hospital, the other pains and problems just took my mind off noticing this. So if you are having bouts of acid reflux and you have never had them before or if they are happening more regularly than it is a good choice to go see your local doctor as soon as you can. 

My description of acid reflux and what it feels like is feeling bloated or congested in the top of the chest. This happens after I consume food and I also feel a burning sensation. I was prescribed somac for my infrequent condition and I have noticed that since I have had pancreatitis, the condition has stayed around. I assume that after you have had pancreatitis a lot of people will have acid reflux for long periods of time. My father has been suffering from acid reflux for a long time and thankfully he has never had pancreatitis, so I could also genetically have inherited the condition, potentially with no link to my pancreatitis as I suspect.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Does Pancreatitis Make You Tired or Thirsty?

One of the more obvious topics we haven’t covered yet on this site are some simple subjects such as does pancreatitis make you tired or thirsty. I will base my answer on the week i spent in hospital with a bout of acute pancreatitis. Apart from being extremely painful i did notice some other symptoms which will help inform readers about whether you can get tired or thirsty from this illness.

During my stay in hospital i was extremely tired and this is natural, due to your body being in shock when you are suffering from pancreatitis. Throughout the entire week all I could do was sleep, or watch television from my hospital bed. At times I was thirsty however I made sure I would drink a lot of water. Water is allowed even when you have pancreatitis and it is highly recommended as it helps the pancreas flush powerful and damaging toxins from your body.

My main symptoms when I had the condition wasn’t being tired or thirsty however, it was more the pains in my stomach, ribs and back which made it obvious something was wrong. When i was in bed I would also go from being extremely cold to extremely hot within ten minutes. I would have to put jumpers and long pants on and then immediately after I would have to take my clothes off due to excessive sweating. These were all signs something was wrong that I had never had before and I made sure I went to hospital and then they found out through several blood tests that I had indeed developed the condition. 

It may be possible that you could get tired or thirsty from pancreatitis and as I always say on this site get checked as soon as possible by a local medical professional if you are worried you have developed the condition. It is always better to be safe then sorry and time is of the importance with this condition. Make sure you take advantage of our email subscription which will provide important updates and information monthly to all subscribers.