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  1. Hi Happy Panky!
    I just nominated you for the inspiring blogger of the year award! You can see it on my blog, http://www.hangryhippo.com. I really enjoy reading your posts and wanted to share them with my readers. To accept, just repost the award, mention who nominated you and link to their blog, then write 7 things about yourself. You should also nominate 15 others and let them know! Thanks for writing so well and inspiring people.
    All the best 🙂

  2. So happy I found this website. I have been diagonsed with acute pancreatitis. Makes me feel good that I’m not alone with this illness. Thanks for all the info 🙂

  3. Hi I’ve been a chronic pancrentits suffer for many yrs I’ve been admitted to just linclon hospital since jam till now at least 118 times alone . I went to the top pancreatic surgen at liester general hospital to see what could be done he told me it’s that bad (my pancreas) that it has all got to b removed but being none diabetic yet he could put my insulin cells into my liver he also warned me that it was a life or death op. I could die but I see it as I don’t have a life anymore so I said go for it . My day to day excistance is waking up with pain and going to bed at night with pain I can hardly do anything now without a flair up which has brought me sometimes to some suisidle deep dark thoughts I have no support and none that could posibilly no the pain and suffering . As you will no there is no other pain like or worse in my eyes than a flair up pain it’s frightening when I can tell one is coming on the hospital drs can be so cruel and unthinking because of all my admissions they’ve given up but I was hanging in hope of this pancrectammy op. But it’s a goverment funded operation and I’ve just found out that I’ve been turned down for it so I’ve had to scrape myself out of the bottom of this pit and am going to think positively so I saw you on here read yr story and hope I can even try to just reduse some pain I’m willing to try anything so THANKYOU I realise I’m not the only one . I hope that u feel better aswell xx

  4. My name is peggy my husband as pancreatitis. He had it for a long time im having a hard time dealing with him having this. I dont know how to feed him sometimes he dont eat two or three days thats bother me I need help with this im vety new at this help

    • Hi Peggy,
      I know it’s very frustrating to watch a loved one go through this. And since we are always told “you have to eat something” when we’re sick, it’s difficult to understand that with pancreatitis, the opposite is true. Unfortunately, the only way to treat pancreatitis is starvation and pain control. It is crucial; however, to eat correctly once we are able to eat if we want to cut down and slowly eliminate (as much as possible) future attacks. The best advice I can give on how to eat with pancreatitis is 1-only eat when hungry and when your pancreas will allow you, so try to be patient with your husband when he says he can’t eat. 2- read the following posts on my blog for what foods to eat once he can: All Things for a Happy Panky and All Things Nutritious. I also have a post about fats under the All Things category.
      I hope I’ve helped some. You can always reach out if you have any more questions.
      Take care,

  5. I suffered an attack of gallstone pancreatitis in late June and spent five days in the hospital. It was a wake up call to lose weight (2 days without food, then one day of a liquid diet helped jump start me), & get serious about eating properly. Like you, I loved my food, but as my metabolism slowed, my weight climbed up. I’ve got another ERCP, and then gallbladder removal surgery to look forward to (& dread at the same time); but I’m down about 12 pounds and I want to keep that needle on the scale dipping ever lower. My hope is following the low fat recipes on your blog will help me achieve that goal. Thank you.

    • Hi Rita,
      I want you to know that you’re not alone! I have been having pancreatitis attacks for 17 years now. They are painful and very scary! I have searched high and low to remedy this. From diet, nutrition, cleanses, fasting, positive affirmations, yoga, acupuncture, psychic surgery, uv light therapy, photon light therapy etc… Now I’m facing the gall bladder surgery. Everybody is different and I’m not sure what your cause is, for me, everything points to my gall bladder.
      One of the best things that I have found for my body is eating a low fat diet and regularly juicing. You get so many essential vitamins and minerals from juicing and it’s already broken down so it’s not as hard on the pancreas. I have also found great benefit to taking a digestive enzyme when eating to take pressure off the pancreas. I recommend getting s low fat cook book. That way you can still feel like you’re living when it comes to diet and you don’t have to live off broth and applesauce. I also recommend acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, and cleansing the body. I had miraculous results from cleansing, it’s not a cure all. Maintaining a low fat diet and abstaining from alcohol is the best. I know how frustrating and scary this can be. Trust that you are not alone and that we are so blessed to have so many tools at our fingertips.😊
      I truly hope this helps!
      If you have any questions, feel free to email me at crystalbliss78@gmail.com
      Many blessings to you and yours,

  6. S.O.S. HELP!! My Husband has “Chronic Pancreatic” and is also a Type 2 Diabetic. He has just coming off of the Liquids since his attack last Friday and is now on: Digestive Enzymes starting tomorrow, 1 Tablet 3 times a day taken before 3 Meals. What can I feed him for Breakfast? There is no help via Internet with Foods to eat or recipes that don’t have the Bad Food for Diabetics..I need help desperately or Books on what he can and cannot have and Recipes to help. This week is is to be eating Low Carbs, He has had no Solid Foods since Friday Nov.27th., day after Thanksgiving. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

      • Yes! He is Type 2, and also has: Diabetic Gastroparosis (Sluggish Gut) where his food lays in the Stomach before it finally empties. And Chronic Pancreatitis, with a History of Acute Pancreatitis. I don’t understand but the Dr., has allowed him to eat Noodle, Brown Rice, Chicken Bouillon, Vegetables except Corn, Water, Coffee only with Non Dairy Creamer. And since Tuesday allowed him to introduce Chicken back into the Diet, Broiled, Baked, only in small amts., Yesterday his side started hurting lightly and Dr., took him back off the Chicken for a couple of days to give the Pancreas a rest again. We are having the hardest time with what and what not to eat! No Fats, Sugar, Oils of any kind, Protein, Red Meats. The only thing he is allowed in the Future is White Fish, Chicken, and then later on Red Meat occasionally. It is believed that the Pancreas was damaged from Exposure to something on the Job ?? where he worked at before Retiring or strongly believed Genetic since it is in his immediate Family. G.I. Consultations after Christmas. There is very little information for the Pancreas Sufferer in way of Menus and Foods for ones to eat.

      • Hi Marilyn, I’m sorry he has so much going on. I think your best bet would be to look into a dietician who is specialized in these diseases. But, I’ll give you my thoughts on the pancreatitis with the disclaimer that I have no experience with the other two conditions and also that you should always consult with your doctor/dietician when dealing with any disease and diet. I am not a medical professional and my thoughts are only from personal experience. That said…
        I think his doctor is doing a wonderful job of slowly introducing foods. It takes time in the beginning to learn what does/doesn’t hurt as many of us are different. The only consistent is no alcohol, no smoking, and no/low fat. High nutrition has helped me (lots of fruits and veggies…cooked for easy digestion). Red meat is going to be an occasional luxury once he’s better…and at that, it will need to be sirloin-type and limited to his specific fat count. Your pancreas produces enzymes for protein and fat and carbs. The protein and fat enzymes are the most active/ones we are concerned about. This is why he is also limiting the protein in addition to fat. If your husband is not on enzymes, talk with your doctor (gastro’s are most versed) about possibly getting him on those. They digest for you so your pancreas doesn’t have to work as hard…even with those you need to be low-fat, but protein seems to be handled a little better ( I can do up to 25g in a sitting). Also, it looks as though he is on no-fat, the enzymes “usually” will allow a little fat. I did well with 5g per meal and as I healed, have increased to 10g per meal. I think you asked about breakfast foods. Again, I think a dietician would be your best bet. My first thought is baked sweet potatoes, but don’t know how that works with diabetes. I would also have him watch how he reacts with coffee, as coffee is a trigger for some. As far as oils, you can ask your doctor if he would agree to MCT oils (sold in healthfood stores) as they are digested differently than all other fats…they don’t activate the pancreas any more than a noodle would. He may want to wait on that, which is understandable, but it’s a good tool for adding a few calories to the day. I wish I could have been more help. Hopefully I shed some light on the “why” the doctor is doing some things. Again, follow up with the enzymes as those may allow him to open his pallet just a little. Oh, and sugar is very inflammatory, which is probably why he has him limiting that. White fish (later) also includes lobster, crab legs, shrimp…so there is a little variety. Just as chicken should also allow him to eat turkey, ground turkey, etc. Hang in there. The healing process takes time and it’s no fun with all the food restrictions. But eventually you learn to create new foods with the limited sources. If fruits and vegetables are allowed, then hit the fruit/veggie section and mix it up there, try new things. Breakfast doesn’t have to be eggs, pancakes, etc. I’ll sometimes have crab legs for breakfast or sweet and/or white potatoes…I’ve even had kale mixed with beans. I wish you both fast healing.

      • Wow! We THANK YOU so much! You have brought “HOPE, to us! He is currently taking the Enzymes that you mentioned and you explained exactly as the Dr. has! God Bless YOU and Keep YOU and Healing to you as well! We are Seniors in Age but you are Young and I would think that it would be almost horrible to lead a Young, Active Life with this disease! Healing for you! Again Thanks so very, very much!

      • Thank you, Marilyn, I’m glad I could help. Honestly, I do live a very normal and pretty active life. It took a few years to get to this point, but strict eating is what has got me here and keeps me here. This is why I share. I wish you both happy holidays 🙂

  7. Hi,Thanks for some insight and taking the time to provide something for others suffering from this Horrible Disease. I have Chronic Pancreatitis with a stent in my bile duct.with calisfication.Stones in my pancreas.I’m always looking to find ways for a Outlet as well as things that might help me or others.I don’t eat any dairy.no red meat.unless I feel ok to try something different:-) not always a good idea lol.I’m located in Post’Falls, Idaho.I’m Thankful spring is here.Hoping summer will help with the Depression that I get from this illness. Thanks again:-)

    • Thank you for sharing your story, George. I hope you are finding some relief. Remember that when you eat something you know you shouldn’t (red meat other than 3 ounces or less of lower-fat cuts) you’re setting yourself up to move backwards rather than forward. But I know you know this because of your comment above. Try to stay on track; eat what you know is safe…you’ll be amazed how far that can take you 🙂

  8. I have CP I feel angry. I can’t seem to really eat anything with out pain. I can’t take the enzymes. Trying to be positive but feeling awful every day is so hard I have had this 15 years I am in my 30’s having trouble wanting to seek help anymore. Life feels meaningless.

  9. I’ve just recently been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. Not a happy camper, but thanks to you, there is life after diagnosis. Thanks again for starting this…

  10. Merry Christmas …I just found your blog! I was starving hungry…I have Chronic Pancreatitis …it bit me over a year ago…only liquids for 3 days, a lot of trial and errors, after months of misery, thought I was in control…found out IT was in control of my life..ugh…so I limped along, trying to eat what I wanted …more bite marks..hard headed…stired it up real bad, when I tried a margarita, don’t try it…I now am having a bad bout again because of a medication for Nuropathy (type 2 sugar) …I had a major bad reaction to 1st med I tried, took it 5 days, 3 wk. break, new med. 3 days in ..I realized IT was causing my belly pain…so I feel like I’m starving …can’t stand that feeling…so gave up, eat a little something and bam..kicked me in my gut again, this time my sugar is getting involved with that big number drop, that sends you running for candy, fruit juice, pop….happens this afternoon while I’m fighting with my self to find something to drink that will satisfy my hunger…after all that …I gave in had a little chicken rice soup that I made yesterday ….Thank God I found your blog…hoping for some help with refreshing my memory with ideas on what did satisfy my hunger when I was just getting on this train…I believe I lived on chicken broth, spinach, tofu all put together …now headed back there…maybe some juicing again (just put that away, for a rainy day) Guess it’s here! Saw my gastroenterology doc yesterday …wants me to see a specialist about fixing a birth defect that might help…not sure what to think about that…I don’t like pain so- so-oo! Thanks for taking the time to do this…I’ve been working the web…looking for help…so glad I found you! Mary Q

  11. Thank you all for your stories, I am having my second bout with Pancreatitis. I have been having nausea, sweating, for four months now with Lymphedema of the whole body, gaining 20 1/2lbs in two months. After ER visit I am on stronger meds, Furosimide, Tramodol, Potassium, lost 12 1/2lbs in two days and another 5lbs in a week. Two ER visits in twelve hours, pain, passing out, sweating, nausea the other day. I just had some hunger pains and afraid to try to eat! Wish everyone well on this site.

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