Many of your family and friends do NOT understand the pain and suffering of pancreatitis. They most likely have NO CLUE how bad it can be to suffer an acute pancreatitis attack, especially if it falls in the moderate to severe category. Yet even MILD acute attacks can be the most painful experience imagined while, even though ironic, a severe attack can actually produce less pain initially, even no pain, yet more suffering long-term, even death .
The Pain and Suffering Of Pancreatitis
Those who suffer with chronic pancreatitis usually always have pain because in both acute and chronic the hallmark symptoms are pain, that often radiates to the back, (mild, moderate or severe, usually severe in AP), nausea and vomiting ,.
In acute pancreatitis the pain is usually severe and always continuous. It doesn’t come and go, it is constant. Unlike gallbladder disease vomiting does NOT eliminate or relieve the pain.
For those with moderate to advanced chronic pancreatitis pain can be a constant companion and can in some cases be as severe as in acute pancreatitis. This one fact is what led me to really search for information on how I could halt the progression of CP because I couldn’t even imagine the horrible nightmare of acute pancreatitis pain on a constant daily basis. THAT thought or image scared me to death! And I don’t scare real easy.
What IS Pancreatitis Pain Like?
My chronic pancreatitis pain was nothing compared to the pain I experienced from acute pancreatitis. My chronic pain was not constant or didn’t seem to be and was what I’d consider mild. Yet, like I said above, I have read where chronic pancreatitis pain can become like AP pain and become a constant, daily nightmare. I personally can’t explain the severe pain I experienced with acute pancreatitis well.
I’ve seen advertisements on TV where people have said the pain of such and such was like having a bag of hot burning coals on their neck. My immediate thought was has that guy ever had a bag of hot burning coals on his neck so he can actually compare? I thought it may be similar to being gut-shot yet someone told me they had been shot before and would rather be shot again that suffer another acute pancreatitis attack. What does that tell you about the pain of pancreatitis?
Listen to what Dr. David C. Whitcomb, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has to say about the pain of pancreatitis. If you suffer with pancreatitis you may want to share this video with friends and family so they can better understand your suffering.
Pancreatic pseudocysts most often develop after an episode of severe, acute pancreatitis. They may also occur in those with chronic pancreatitis.
A pancreatic pseudocyst is a collection of various kinds of fluid and debris. They can become infected which complicates treatment and causes more pain.
Symptoms can occur within days to months after an acute attack of pancreatitis, and include:
- Bloating of the abdomen
- Constant pain or deep ache in the abdomen, which may also be felt in the back
- Difficulty eating and digesting food
Pancreatic pseudocysts are just one of the common complications of pancreatitis that create more pain and suffering.
I didn’t intend to write a long dissertation. In fact I just wanted to post the above video to this blog so that you could share it with those close to you, helping them to become better educated about your condition, the suffering you endure during an acute attack and/or on a daily basis. However …
IF you happen to be a friend or family member reading this post and secretly think that your friend or family member is a wuss looking for attention please, re-watch the first few seconds of the video until you “get it.”
The doc says: “The most SEVERE pain you could ever imagine … WORSE than CANCER, worse than almost any other medical condition” and …
Let that thought sink in.
I mean really sink in so that the next time your friend or family member says they don’t feel well, you get the fact that really means they DON’T FEEL WELL!