Chronic Pancreatitis

By MeredithB Latest Reply 2011-10-29 20:18:31 -0500
Started 2009-12-28 09:23:05 -0600

I am new to the site and i am wondering if anyone else's diabetes diagnosis is a result of chronic pancreatitis?

6 replies

Btfleyes 2011-10-29 20:18:31 -0500 Report

I had acute pancreatitis in 2008 and have been struggling with diabetes since. Before that my glucose levels were always normal. Earlier this month I was hospitalized again. I am having a hard time trying to control both.

nerdse 2010-01-06 22:59:58 -0600 Report

Pancreatitis can be caused by benign or cancerous growths, cystic fibrosis, trauma, viral infections, autoimmune diseases that attack major organs like lupus, toxic chemical exposure, radiation exposure, & alcoholism. But doctors seem to focus only on alcoholism. Years ago, before diabetes, I was trying to avoid refined sugar. It was the holidays; I wanted some candy; so I got some "dietetic" candy that was sweetened with the sugar alcohol mannitol (a substance used to help chemo patients get rid of excess fluids). I got chest pain & pancreatic pain. I rarely consume alcohol & I think I get a buzz if I smell it on someone's breath, I'm so sensitive to it. Most of it makes me ill, so I don't bother. But as far as the doctors were concerned, I needed an intervention to stop my "denial" of my alleged "alcoholism." My mother & husband were told to quit "enabling" me. They kept me in the hospital for 3 days, & only grudgingly decided that since I wasn't in full blown DTs, maybe my alleged "alcoholism" wasn't that bad. Not that I wasn't alcoholic & they were wrong, that I was a "binge drunk." So I know what you mean. Even when I listed all those reasons that people get pancreatitis, they said I was "rationalizing my alcoholism when I needed to face it & quit drinking." Since you can't quit what you're not doing, I'm not sure what they thought they'd accomplish, other than blacklisting me. I wrote a letter of complaint & called the patient rep & threatened to sue for defamation of character - especially since all my labs were normal. Once the mannitol wore off, I was fine. I had my husband bring my PDR (physician's desk reference) & I showed the doctor the list of adverse reactions to mannitol, which included chest pain & pancreatitis. Not even an apology…

When doctors get stuck on something, they run it & their patients into the ground. NO one should have to go through that.

Jesse57 2009-12-28 17:17:54 -0600 Report

I also have chronic panc. Most people jump the gun and say it must be from a drinking problem. That is number 1 on the list of causes. Mine is the result of severe internal trauma from an accident I was in. I have been hospitalized several times with the panc flare up and believe me it is the worst pain I have ever experienced. After the accident the panc produced less and less insulin and resulted in my type 1 diabetes ( about 8 yrs. ).It's very important to stay away from all fatty and overly spicy foods and most importantly booze.
Hope this helps and you have my sincere sympathy.

MeredithB 2009-12-28 10:01:51 -0600 Report

I have had pancreatits since I was 16, so the boozing was never an option. As a result of the wear and tear of the attacks cause, my pancreas recently stopped producing insulin, hence the diabetes. I am assuming I am not unique. I can provide any information on pancreatits if you are interested,

Harlen 2009-12-28 09:43:43 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
I have some frends that have had it but they drink a lot and the Doc sed that it was from the booz .
But I never had it and I have diabetes
I would love to here from others here?
Best wishes