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Stress and Pancreatitis

I have been dealing with chronic pancreatitis for six years now and I have found that stress is a major cause of pancreatitis. Acute or Chronic Pancreatitis is a health condition that causes severe abdominal and back pain.


Most doctors will not admit that stress is a cause of pancreatitis, and I know this, because I have spoken to a dozen gastroenterologist here in Connecticut. Very few doctors have admitted to saying that stress can be a factor; out of 12 doctors, I only met 2 who agreed with me.


I have been taking journals of make pancreatitis attacks and logging everything I ate and endured within a three day period of the pancreatitis symptoms. On many occasions high levels of stress caused an episode either immediately after or within a two day time period, even if I ate a pretty low fat diet.



How do you avoid stress to prevent episodes of chronic or acute pancreatitis?


For me I have found that meditation does help and so does walking. Depending on what you do and the company you keep, it may be very difficult to reduce the stress factors in your life. My only advice would be to change the things in your life that stress you the most. If you have a business, you may want to think about selling that business and doing something else. I know how hard that can be, but the benefits of less pancreatitis attacks outweigh the benefits of having an extremely stressful business. Another thing to consider is to end relationships with people who cause you stress. Sometimes these relationships cannot be severed, because many times a family member can be one causing the stress in your life. Do whatever you can to reduce pancreatitis from reoccurring my doing some mental and environmental housekeeping; it has helped me.


Please comment with any questions that you may have.

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