Did any of you develop food intolerances at the same time as your pancreatitis? I mean lower abdominal cramping and/or diarrhea related to certai foods, rather than foods that directly aggravate the pancreas pain.
This has happened to me, and I’ve assumed that it was unrelated. But I noticed someone, I think Amanda, mentioned something about this on another thread. Is this a common issue with CP? I find that dairy, corn and citrus definitely cause this problem, and sometimes other foods.
Also, is anyone else sensitive to sugar? My internist told me that sugar (including fruit juice, etc.) is almost as hard on the pancreas as fat is. Indeed, when I stopped living on apple juice the pain decreased and I was able to get back to solids sooner. Now I avoid juice and sugars as much as possible, and seem to feel worse all over if I have more than a little. But then, I have other inflammatory problems other than the pancreas. It seems like the sugar and inflammation go hand in hand. I wonder about other people’s experiences with this. It’s ironic because the solution for the times we can’t eat solid food is supposed to be drinking juice or soda. I guess that works for some.
So far I can and do eat lots and lots of veggies and fruits unless I’m in a flare, and reading your posts makes me realize I’m really lucky for that. When I do have trouble eating them but can handle some amount of solids, I use my blender and make smoothies and purees and find that’s easier to take. I can’t handle the Ensure type products, and hate the thought of them any way, just fat, dairy and corn syrup, none of which I can handle, with synthetic vitamins added. But for times when I can’t eat, I actually wish I could tolerate the stuff.
Last question, and I guess I know the answer but I have to ask anyway. Has anyone, or their doctors, found a good way to gain weight when your absorption is really bad. I’m another one of those unhappy size zeros, lost 35 pounds when this came on and can never manage to gain and hold on to more than 4 or 5 pounds before it crashes again. Building a reserve of weight seems critical, but how on earth do you do it?