How Do People Function With Chronic Pancreatitis?
My name is Shelly, my first attack with CP was in 2002, I was hospitalized for 7 days. Since then I was having attacks every 4-6months, starting early 2008 I was having more and more frequent attacks. In desperation I had my gallbladder removed with the high hopes it would help. Unfortunately it didn't. March 2009 I had the endoscopy procedure which my GI surgeon said there was definite signs of chronic pancreatitis. Since then I live with attacks all the time, usually they are small and last a few days, other days they are quick sharp shoot pain and I still get the big attacks every 4-6 months or so. I have a pretty good diet and I take my enzymes even though I don't think they work. My GI Dr. says that it may not help with the smaller attacks but may help prevent really big ones. I still don't think they are working considering I woke up this AM in sever pain but will continue to take them. I don't believe in pain medication, not only due they make me sick but they are highly addictive. Plus you cant function on them, which brings me to my main question, how are people able to function with CP? I have 3 kids, career, a husband and a mortgage. I hate it when I have attacks to where I find myself snapping at my kids. I feel so terrible afterwards and I end up in bed very emotional. I also find myself lost at work sometimes, I can't think straight or concentrate at all and I work for a gyn surgeon. As a CMA I need to be able to concentrate on what my doc is saying and remember it. Its frustrating! I work closely with our patients and really have to concentrate on keep a straight face when I get my pains, especially when we're doing a in-office procedure and I'm trying to comfort them in pain! Its getting to be to much. How sad is it that I had another big attack two weeks ago and my kids wanted to do Valentine cards with me and we had to put it off till the last minute. Not to mention Valentines day is my daughters birthday and I put off her party till today which I had to cancel! I'm trying hard with my diet and it seem the harder I try the worse my attacks get. I'm pretty lost at this point. I'm a very active person who I think is high strung. I love planning baby showers, birthdays, and use to do weddings. Recently I was put in charge of my daughters fund raiser for her Judo tournament and I was in bed that whole weekend and tried to get stuff done during the week day before the bake sale. Luckly the other parents came through. I don't drink at all, which is frustrating at times, I would like to go on a cruise and share a drink with my friends from time to time. Or have a glass of wine with my friends at dinner every once in a while, but I get sick even with one sip. My heart races, my face turns red, and I feel sick. Not worth it, plus now that I have CP I cant! I'm one of those who have idiopathic CP.