Monday, 18 August 2014

Can Pancreatitis Cause Stomach Problems

One of the biggest changes I have noticed after my bout of acute pancreatitis is that my stomach has changed substantially. When I am at work my stomach rumbles loudly constantly and I also constantly get reflux now, which only occurred after my bout of acute pancreatitis. Knowing your own body is important and I definitely realise that my stomach has changed after my bout of pancreatitis.

This seems common amongst other patients after having performed countless hours of research on the subject. My stomach is now vulnerable to more types of foods and drinks after getting run down with acute pancreatitis in January 2013. I have found that with dairy I feel full and sometimes sick after consumption. I also have to limit the amount of fatty foods that I consume because after eating foods high in fat, I feel unwell straight after. Usually I am in a rush to go to the toilet after consuming high fat or dairy products.

This is new to me and began occurring after January 2013. During the pancreatitis episode I had upper abdominal pains, bloating and diarrohea. However after the bout of pancreatitis, extra gas continued as well as frequent stomach cramps and constant loose stools. So stomach problems have been prevalent during my bout of acute pancreatitis and so far they have lasted around 18 months, to the current day. This post is about my personal experiences and for more information please do some research on the site by using our search bars. We have great information and please sign up to our email subscription service which posts new findings and studies in relation to pancreatitis once a month or every two months.

Pancreatitis Causing Heart Attacks and Strokes

Today we look at whether pancreatitis can cause heart problems such as heart attacks, palpitations, failure and strokes. Heart problems and strokes are severe medical conditions as we all know however the following information is disturbing, however it outlines how severe both acute and chronic pancreatitis can be.

Severe pancreatitis commonly causes organ failure due to an infected necrosis. An infected necrosis is dead pancreatic cells, or commonly referred to as a dead pancreas. In a majority of all deaths caused by pancreatitis, patients suffered from infected necrosis.

An infected necrosis essentially causes the failure of major organs, which include the heart. So pancreatitis can lead to heart attacks and heart failures in patients who have bouts of severe pancreatitis. As for strokes, I am unable to find substantial information at the moment, however there could be a link of a stroke occurring after an infected necrosis exists in the patient.

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Pancreatitis Causing Weight Gain and Weight Loss

Pancreatitis directly doesn’t lead to weight gain, it can however lead to weight loss. Weight loss is more common for people who are suffering from pancreatitis especially during the recovery period. Fasting and consuming clear liquids is a common technique doctors tell patients to enforce during recovery periods. Therefore during recovery periods, patients will lose weight due to fasting.

After completing a few hours of research on this subject tonight the only other influence that can lead to weight gain is after a pancreatic resection is performed. After a pancreatic resection weight gain is common in patients who have been analyzed long term.

During my acute pancreatitis episode I was restricted to consuming only clear liquids for 4 days after my diagnosis, which led me to lose around 3 kg’s. This weight was re-gained after continuing on a normal diet one week after suffering from acute pancreatitis.

If your weight is fluctuating significantly you may need to see a local medial professional as soon as possible. In my opinion this will most likely occur in those patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis due to the constant changes in diet that are required. For more information on important topics use the search options on this site and sign up for our newsletter email subscription that provides important updates about pancreatitis, once or twice a month.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Is Heartburn And Rapid Heartbeats Another Symptom Of Pancreatitis?


I noticed a few emails I have received from this site focus on readers wanting to know if heartburn was a symptom of pancreatitis. As I always mention the symptoms are usually different for each person. When I was suffering from acute pancreatitis in a New York Hotel room I do remember feeling heartburn. This could also be caused by indigestion, which is a common symptom caused by pancreatitis.

Technically the indigestion caused by pancreatitis could have caused heartburn. So it may not be a direct symptom, however for me I am confident that the bout of acute pancreatitis which I was suffering from at the time did cause heartburn.

Another heart related symptom of pancreatitis is a rapid heartbeat. A rapid heartbeat can be caused by many different factors which include, pain, excessive vomiting or through hunger. Internal bleeding can also cause this.  It is therefore easy to confuse a rapid heartbeat and other pains with heartburn.

Due to pain in the chest, ribs and back, combining this with a rapid heartbeat could also give pancreatitis sufferers a feeling of heartburn. From my personal experience heartburn definitely seemed to be a symptom I suffered from when I had acute pancreatitis for a week in January 2013.

Once again I will emphasize that everyone is different and symptoms and problems arise differently for individuals.  I did notice a feeling of heartburn during my one week bout with acute pancreatitis.

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