September 15, 2005
I was sick as a dog yesterday. I think I had another pancreatitus attack and found myself in bed, in one hell of a lot of pain, with nothing but a puke-bucket to keep me company.
I did just what the doctors did the last two times I was in the hospital with this shit. I quit eating and tried to get as much water into myself as possible. In between upchucks, I did okay. I even managed to swallow and hold down a Vicoden pill long enough for it to do me some good.
But I still spent a long and sleepless night, feeling as if red-hot swords were running through my guts. I'm better today and I think I might try to eat something.
But I'm getting tired of this shit. When it hits, it hits HARD, and I don't know what triggers it. I need a long nap about now.
I didn't get much rest last night.
I don't know how much I'll blog today, so if you're looking for somehing good, read this.
Or, if you believe that YOU, TOO have a scary head, read this.
And if you need something to really make your day, you can read this post, which is shameless but true.
I'm still feeling somewhat poorly, but I NEVER totally abandon my readers.
Hope ya feel better soon!
Drink that water - it can only help. Find a new Doc, too...if this thing is recurring, and your Doc hasn't sent you in for more/better tests yet, take matters into your own hands.
Except for, um, self-medicating. :-)
Thanks for the link, and get better.
Finding the right doctor can make all the difference. My wife has a intestinal disorder that was mis-diagnosed for years, doctors had no idea what was wrong with her locally here in Michigan. I found a hospital rankings grid by John Hopkins Hospital which listed the top 10 hospitals in the country relative to disciplins. For Gastro-intestinal issues (which is what I think your dealing with?) they show:
1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minn.
2. Cleveland Clinic
3. John Hopkins
4. Massachusets General
8. Duke University Medical (might be closest of top ten to you).
We then went to Cleveland Clinic and they diagnosed her quickly with Celiac Disease and she has been almost pain free since cus we now know what she needs to avoid. Maybee the above listing might help ya!
Pancreatitis - OUCH.
I feel for you - I've had a few bouts of that nastiness myself in years past.
But every time I was hospitalized for it, I got NO water...just a few ice chips, at least for the first couple of days.
"what triggers it...."
Well, in my cases, it was drinking too much.
I'll always remember what a doctor who treated me said about pancreatitis...he said it was, pain-wise, the male equivalent of
It's too weird how much we have in common Acidman.
My daughter is probably one of the youngest people in the USA that has pancreatitis and she suffered for years because everyone thought it was in her head. She finally diagnosed herself and fought to get the tests which finally proved she wasn't just some hysterical female trying to get attention.
They gave her pills to take so she can eat. She takes something like forty of them a day and they're not cheap but they gave her, her life back. I wonder how come they don't give them to you?
They can't rip out the pancreas since it's what produces insulin...they can, however, do pancreas transplants. (As a diabetic, I would like to get one.) Maybe you should check into that, acidman?
Take care of yourself, Rob.
It's no good being the Stomach Acid Man.
Hope you are feeling better soon.
Man, I sympathize. Some months ago I was in a miserable state that my doc thinks may have been a bout of pancreatitis. I was throwing up almost every day for weeks, but it was hard to isolate as it could have been also connected to the emotional stress I was under, suing to try and get my job back. I'd think of those bastards who took advantage of a mis-step to fire me without justification, and wham!
After a crisis day when I threw up seven times in 24 hours, even though I was utterly empty after two or so (an experience I would not wish on my worst enemy -- well, actually, yes I would), my doc sent in the Rx cavalry, a powerful anti-nausea drug and, just for good measure, a round of Cipro, the antibiotic they use to treat anthrax.
Within five days, I was fine, and have been to this day. Maybe it was the treatment, or maybe the malady had just run its course, but oh am I glad it's over. I sure wish the best for you, as soon as possible.
My second husband had pancreatitis. Can't begin to count how many times he was in the hospital for it. Always had a tube up his nose and into his stomach to make sure nothing was in there. Very painful. He aquirred it from drinking Big Gulp Manhattans all day. It (and Cirrhosis) finally got the better of him at age 44. Don't let that happen to you. Take care of yourself. We need you here.