Pancreatitis and exercise / lifting

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vhutchinson11
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Pancreatitis and exercise / lifting

Post by vhutchinson11 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:27 am

Hi everyone. I am just wondering if anyone else has pain when exercising or lifting. I tend to get pain under my sternum and in my mid back when I am either bending for periods of time or after lifting for an extended period. My pain now seems to be less related to food and more related to physical activity. I was diagnosed with mild acute pancreatitis about six months ago and have had lingering pain since. My amylase level was around 340 and my physician has said this is a fairly low level which indicated a mild attack. I am concernd I have developed chronic pancreatitis because my symptoms have lingered but all of my reading says it generally turns chronic after repeated attacks. Sorry for the long rambling message !

Vaughn

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Post by stuart13 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:12 am

Hi Vaughn

The answer to your question is yes.

Although your doctor says it was a mild attack, your pancreas has suffered a shock and it is possible that there is still some inflammation.

See how it goes, but if your problem doesn't improve, or you suffer other symptoms, then ask for a referral to a specialist doctor.

Stu :)

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Post by vhutchinson11 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:01 am

Thanks for the reply Stuart ! My specialist did and EUS an said their was sludge in my gallbladder and felt that could be causing the consistent pain below the sternum and in the back. I had my gallbladder removed 6 weeks ago and recovered fairly well. I am still feeling the pain but less in my back now, just mainly in my upper abdomen. My question is should I have felt an immediate improvement or could it take several months for the pancreas to heal ? I seem to be able to eat a little more now and have gained a few pounds since the surgery but am a little worried that maybe the gallbladder wasn't the cause. This whole thing is tough ! Thanks again and I really appreciate your time

Vaughn

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Post by maz » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:24 am

Hi. Unfortunately it can take many months for the pain to settle after an acute attack and indeed your whole body can take a while to recover as it is a nasty illness. It is more than likely now your gallbladder is out that you will not have any more problems, chronic pancreatitis is still quite rare and rarely happens after one gallbladder related attack. Were you told to cut out alcohol as that is the best thing you can do for now at least. Take the heavy exercise a little easier for a while as well. I found even vacuuming was a problem so John does that now!! :wink:
Marilyn

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Post by vhutchinson11 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:33 pm

Thank you again. It does make me feel better to hear from people as knowledgable as you are on the subject. I have made the mistake of googling myself to death ! Every site I have read is so bleak and makes you feel as though your about to die ! I really appreciate your comments. I haven't had any alcohol at all and have been eating low fat meals. I try to keep them around 5 grams of fat per meal which can be tricky and take some organic digestive enzymes with each meal. I was worried about taking them for a while because my thoughts were that if my enzyme levels were elevated , then adding them into my system might be increasing the problem. There is some much contradicting info out there that it really is difficult and it seems every doctor, surgeon and specialist have differing views. I have been taking Advil on a regular basis to try and reduce any inflammation. Sorry again for the rambling post. It really is nice to be able to discuss this with you

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Post by stuart13 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:53 pm

Stop Googling, eat a healthy diet, give it a few more months.

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Post by Aliceinchains » Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:48 pm

Hi there, I am in a similar position, I have auto immune pancreatitis however the real bad pain attacks happen within a couple hours of exercise. Running is just about ok but anything that involves stretching of arms and it seems to hit me hard, starting with a pain behind my left shoulder then covering my chest and eventually the whole upper torso. Frustrating as 1. I used to love exercising and 2. the surgeon strongly recommends exercise. Steve

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