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Celiac And Pancreatic Insufficiency

17 January 2011 - 10:03 AM

Hello, Has anyone in the forum had trouble with your pancreas?

Four weeks ago I began having mild pain in my left side and back. When I began researching the cause of the pain, I found that the gall bladder hurts above the waist on the right, but the pain in the left is the pancreas.

When I asked my doctor if I had pancreatitis, she told me I was worrying about nothing because my symptoms were not acute...like no fever, no severe pain or vomiting.

It's the first time I've seen this doctor so I didn't push her to start testing...I agreed with her and left. Then, the next day I ate a high fat breakfast at our favorite restaurant and had pain for 2 days. Then I started looking for more sites. This is what I learned.
*Mild pain is called Pancreatic Insufficiency.
*It can be caused by the Celiac patient's inablilty to process food in the colon
*The symptoms are similar to Celiac: pale stool, abdominal discomfort, gas, bloating and bone pain
*The medical world hasn't researched it much...guess that's why my doctor is only aware of acute pancreatitits and not what leads up to it
*In addition to a low fat diet, and eating 6 small meals a day, there are supplements that can heal damaged tissues in the pancreas

So, I'm continuing my "Celiac Journey" with prayer that I will have the determination to remove fats (all my favorite things) from my diet and the grace to do it cheerfully. It could be worse!

I hope this info will help someone. My prayers are with you all.

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