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Q: WHAT FOOD TO EAT WHEN YOU HAVE PANCREATITIS

WHAT FOOD TO EAT AND NOT TO EAT WHEN YOU HAVE PANCREATITIS

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susie, Community Member
1/ 9/09 12:12am

what foods to eat when one has developed a mild case of pancreatitis?

 

And can any prescription drugs known initiate a case of pancreatitis?

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Jean, Community Member
6/23/08 11:41am

My husband has just been diagnosed with Pancreatitus.  I need to know specifically what he can and cannot eat.  Can you help?  I would love to know where I can find some recipes so as to make food interesting for him.  thanks

 

Jean

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Robin L., Community Member
10/14/10 8:47am

One of my favorite foods is burgers but the fats really hurt. So I tried a couple of different ways turkey burgers are great! I have also realized that eating several times a day helps as long as you eat really low in fat foods. When I'm shopping if it has more than 1.5 g. of fat I don't buy it, also bake more of your foods stay away from red meat unless you really want him to be in pain. I hope this helps some, and good luck.

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colleen, Community Member
12/15/11 5:16pm

i think this might work for you. i love burgers too. if you cook at home, blot the burgers with papers towels until there's pretty much no fat. put them back on with some fat free cheese (it's better than you think) and you can put whatever you want on it.

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heather, Community Member
2/ 3/11 2:32pm

My husband was diagnosed december last year, and has been back in hospital 3 times, i have asked doctors about diet, but they either dont no themselves or they dont think its that important, unless the condition causes diabetes. So ok its down to me. I have done a fair bit of research and now buying virtually fat free food, high carbs, no red meat,only fish and lean poultry, soya cream and milk, tomato's spinich, butternut squash, ginger, garlic, cinnomin, nutmeg. poridge made with soya milk and honey to sweeten. gluton free products expensive but if it keeps him pain free and out of hospital then its got to be worth it. 

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nancy nelson, Community Member
10/24/11 2:51pm

i WAS JUST DIAGNOSED CAN HE HAVE PASTA OR DOES IT CAUSE PAIN?

 

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colleen, Community Member
12/15/11 5:10pm

you can have pasta. don't go crazy on a creamy sauce unless you use fat free. you will be fine.

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pattybythebay, Community Member
9/24/11 11:44pm

Jean, My husband just came home today from a 2 day stay in hospital with pancreatitus. He has been hospitalized twice this month for the same thing. He had his first attack on September 6th and then again on the 21st. This month is the first time he has ever had pancreatitus. His Gi doctor did every every test known to mankind to determine a cause and when it was all said and done he never found a source. Nothing.Zip.Nada. He does not take medication, no gall stones, no alcohol, no high blood pressure, no heart issues, nothing. What he does have is STRESS. He owns his own Plumbing Business and he stresses out regularly. I asked repeatedly if stress could be a factor. The doctors all said NO. I now know that stress is a factor and it has been proven in studies. I hate to believe it but Im thing that his GI doc didnt want him to realize that what he really needed was to reduce his stress level and or get some anxiety meds to help him cope with the day to day stress. He took zanax several years ago and it made the biggest difference in his overall well being than anything he has ever done. Unfortunately, his doctor would not refill his prescription after 3 month because he said it was addictive. He gave him a depression med that gave him a  headache so bad he threw the medicine in the trash and never went back to a doctor again until he wound up in the ER with pancreatitus. I believe if he had gotten medication for his anxiety he would never have gotten pancreatitus to begin with. We are going to get a presciption for his anxiety, modify his diet, no added salt, low fat/low protein, and excercise regularly. I will keep you posted on our results! Good Luck!

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Packergirly, Community Member
1/22/12 4:39pm

The headache was probably caused by high blood pressure. My husband was on depression pills and he had headaches and it was caused by that. Just letting you know. And good luck! M son was just diagnosed with pancreatitis. So looking on here for info also!

 

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Patric, Community Member
4/12/12 5:21pm

Hi

   This look like me,Doctor don't know causes for pancratitis ,but something was not all right for me.Come back to the doctor for 7 yes having pancreatitis one day I was thinking in gluten.I tell doctor check for Celiac disease .,WAS POSITIVE ,I change my diet gluten free I was good for 6 years .Today Im recovering for a big pancratitis .that was cuase for not by constant check gluten is some staff up there maybe we think is gluten free but ist not. I hope this help a lot people.

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Patric, Community Member
4/12/12 5:24pm

Not fast,lactose have a lot of fat , no tomate sauce and frieds.

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Mary, Community Member
7/25/08 6:29pm

Less than 20 mg total a day of fat (any kind of fat at all, no olive oil, butter, nuts, etc - read all labels carefully) when he is recovered. Before he has recovered, NO fat of any kind. Also NO alcohol ever again.

 

Mary

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Cynthia, Community Member
6/18/10 5:09pm

I have just been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and now have acute, due to having an endoscopic needle biopsy.  I was liquids for a few days in the hospital but am now home without much guidance on a diet.  The doctor said to see what I can tolerate, but said low fat, low carbohydrates were good.  He said I could have a little olive and small amount of avocado in the fat department and proteins.  I feel bloated---actually even gained weight in the hospital on only a saline IV and a liquid diet.  When I eat just a few bites, I feel full.  Thaks for any feedback, Cynthia

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angelsonhorseback, Community Member
1/ 7/11 5:47pm

Sounds like you also have gastroparesis (feeling full, bloated, etc).  Check out diets for gastroparesis because olive oil and avocado are definite problems for gastroparesis.  I could develop lists here but check out the other Internet sites for info.  You'll be glad you did.

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Paul Blard, Community Member
1/ 1/09 10:07am

* Quit alcohol and nicotine. This is because they stimulate the pancreas to a great extent. Stop smoking and chewing tobacco also.
* Maintain a low fat diet consisting 30% of fat.
* Try to eat food that is high in carbohydrates and proteins as this reduces the work pressure of your pancreas.
* Stop eating rich and spicy food as this will reduce the chance of another attack
Don't try to eat large meals at a time. Rather go for small frequent meals.
* Avoid concentrated sweets and deserts that are very sweet if your blood glucose level is high or above normal.
* Caffeine and gas-forming food items stimulate pancreas. So avoid these type of food.
* Margarine, butter, ghee, bacons etc should also be avoided
* Quit red meat. Rather go for chicken.
* You can include soybeans in your diet as they are very good antioxidants.
* You can eat light chicken soups or vegetable soups frequently.
* Green leafy vegetables are also very good for pancretitis.
* Keep some fruit juice with you and whenever you are tempted to have alcohol, sip it gradually.
* Drink plenty of fluids in the form of soups and juices.

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bryce, Community Member
3/10/10 12:58pm

u r telling me what not to eat ,"What Can I Eat".

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minou, Community Member
1/16/11 7:44am

I have acute pancreatitis but this doesn't help.  I have never drank or smoked in my life, always exercised and never ate fat food.  I have always been very careful about a balanced diet.  I have ulcers though and I've been told by a doctor that ulcers could be the cause of acute pancreatitis.  Of course, I never eat spicy food and stopped drinking any kind of sodas three years ago.  I also eat approximately small meals a day but have lost 25 lbs in the last few months.  It seems that it's genetic, what can I do?

 

There seems to be an awful lot of causes for pancreatitis, it is really difficult to know what happened.  The only thing they could come up with so far. is that it has been caused by a virus.

 

Now that I have said what I eat and what I never did in my life, I wish someone would tell me what I can eat to gain some weight since I have nothing left to lose.  I would truly appreciate it.  It seems that I have tried everything.

 

I do realize that all you said is true but there are other causes for pancreatitis.

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Azza, Community Member
2/ 3/11 6:12pm

If you are female are you on any form of oral contraceptive or estrogen? I'm an elite athlete and thus have to be very careful about what I eat and drink anyway, but we found out that it was because of the oral contraceptive that I ended up with pancreatitis. As soon as I stopped taking the pill I felt a million times better and only ever once in a while does it flare up. Unfortunately, if you get it once you are very prone to flare ups, so even if I do decide to indulge it can sometimes cause it to act up.

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pianogirl, Community Member
6/21/12 12:10am

Were you on Spryntec? My daughter has been hospitalized 2x with pancreatitis and is only 18 but was taking this oral contraceptive for severe menstrual problems.  Th doctors said it has not been linked to pancreatitis but when she stopped it she got better but then they put her back on and she got worse.  So she has quit it completely but is having severe menstrual problems again.

 

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Azza, Community Member
6/21/12 4:42am

I was on Yasmin (Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol). I looked into Yasmin and it said in the very very fine print that about 1/1,000,000 had pancreatitis as a side effect. With those odds, doctors don't usually look at that type of side effect because the doctor I went to had no idea about it. I wouldn't know about Spryntec though. I've actually switched to implanon (for 3 years now) and have had no issues. She could try that (no having to take pills everyday as well) and it could help with her menstrual problems. No guarantee that it will because they can't tell you how your menstrual flow will be affected until you've been on it for a few months, but it's worked wonders for me and I've had no bad side effects. It's also cheaper than the pill because you leave it lasts for three years.

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pianogirl, Community Member
6/25/12 12:32am

Thanks for the info.  Being off the spryntec has helped her alot.  She is still having a problem knowing what to eat that does not cause pain or nausea.  She is basically eating chicken noodle soup, stuff like that.  Whole wheat bothers her a lot too.  She is also experiencing diarrea quite often.  Is this normally a symptom?  You are the only other person we have found that attributes the oral contraceptive to the pancreatitis. I knew it was one of her problems.  Thanks

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pianogirl, Community Member
6/25/12 12:34am

Also, you said you were an athlete.  My daughter also is very athletic and is due to start college in August and is suppose to play basketball for the college.  Have you been able to resume your activities okay?

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Azza, Community Member
6/25/12 1:37am

I don't remember whole wheat bothering me, but I did experience pretty bad bloating (and the discomfort that goes with it) and a bit of constipation which would be followed by diarrea. Have you had her checked for possible gluten intolerance as well? A friend of mine had an issue with pancreatitis but when she got it cleared up she was still having issues and they found she had a gluten intolerance (not a celiac, but still can't really handle it that well). Grilled lean fish, chicken, veggies should be alright to eat without too much pain. The trick is small meals, eaten slowly and throughout the day. It would not be uncommon for me to take at least twice as long to finish my meal than everyone else at the table. It's necessary to eat slowly to give your body time to react to the food. Pancreatitis is essentially the pancreas attacking itself rather than the food you are trying to break down, so eating slower helps to avoid that.

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pianogirl, Community Member
6/25/12 10:46am

thanks so much for the help and info.  Were you able to resume your athletic activities?  She is due to play basketball for college, but right now, there is no way she will have the strength and energy.

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Azza, Community Member
6/26/12 7:36pm

I definitely was. I went back to playing competitive soccer after a couple of months (took a few months off to travel anyway) and I now am able to have a full training schedule which includes competitive soccer, belly dancing and competitive pole dance, which is extremely strenous and requires a fairly varied diet to keep up muscle and strength. She should be good to go if she starts to feel better by then!

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EJW, Community Member
5/21/11 1:06am

I know this was posted over four months ago, but thought I'd respond anyway and hope for some input. I can totally relate to you. I too have never drank or smoked in my life. I do have a family history of pancreatitis from my mother, who also is not a drinker or smoker. They termed her pancreatitis "idiopathic". I have been having pain for months and actually had my gallbladder removed because the doctors thougth that was the problem. My lipase continue to be elevated and I too have lost 20 pounds in the last two months. I have found that I have to do bland low fat foods that are easily digested. Baked potatos, rice, chicken (baked or grilled). This has been my diet for the last four months. I feel totally drianed of energy and tired. I can sometimes eat salad with fat free dressing, but it can mess with my bowels pretty bad and dehydrate me quickly if I'm not careful. I have been eating scrambled egg white for breakfast over toast and that seems to settle well and give me a little boost of energy. I wanted to respond to your post because I haven't found another person who has pancreatic problems and has never smoked or drank, like me. How are you feeling now? Have you found any other foods that you can eat?

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elecortez, Community Member
9/11/11 4:19am

Hey I had pancreatitis due to gallstones and I also don't smoke or drink ever not before not now. What helped me get through this is small meals and no excessive grease and fat also no sugary drinks like sodas and absolutely no skiping meals. As a young American in early twenties I find it hard to adjust its been two years since my traumatic experience and I still struggle with very embarrasing and problematic bowel movements if I skip meals or decide to indulge in fast food at the mall or any place that offers cheap junk food that comes at a high price. To anyone reading this suffering from pancreatitis, gallstones, gastritis, chrons disease or any of the many painful and problematic digestive problems just hang in there take the right steps and you will get better.

 

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colleen, Community Member
7/17/11 5:31pm

to minou. i have had pancreatitis for over ten years. if you are in mild pain, you can try spinach from a can. very small amounts. if you should vomit, go to the hospital right away. however, if you are trying to avoid an attack, it sounds like your diet is proper and normal for any healthy individual. to answer your question of what to eat: blueberries, red reishi mushrooms, small amounts of red wine (you can cook with it if you like). it sounds like you're doing all the right things. as long as you aren't having an attack right now, your normal diet should be fine. I would like to point out though, doctors are not infallable. I had a friend misdiagnosed for years and it did in fact turn out to be gallstones, yes ultrasounds, the works. don't be discouraged. You are not alone my friend! much good luck to you. colleen

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Leslie, Community Member
7/24/11 2:32pm

can you tell me what they did, testing, etc. to diagnose this?

 

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colleen, Community Member
7/24/11 8:48pm

to leslie: yes i can answer that question. the tests they perform are blood, of course, they need to know if you diabetic. they will also do an ultrasound to find out if there are gallstones which could be the culprit. they will ask you if you drink and how much. if that's not the case then they need to look further. they will ask you what foods you eat, and tell you to stop doing it. have you had this happen before? colleen

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booboo212, Community Member
5/11/13 6:57pm

Well should the fruit juice be sugar free?  I am new at this. Just this past week. I am scared to death because I have never heard of this.  I am a smoker.  But since I have been reading about this, I have cut down my smoking significantly.  Going to buy an electronic cigarette until I get to the bottom of this. I've never been a drinker.  Cut out red meat and Pork years ago.  However, I was a chocolate lover. Any kind of chocolate.  I think maybe that sparked it.  Will get some soup and juices.  What about salt in the soups?  I know a lot of them have too much junk in them for me to eat.  Especially the noodles or the rice. 

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bryce, Community Member
3/10/10 12:54pm

What can i eat when i have pancreatitis,acid reflux and lactose intolerent.

            Signened starving

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LSchrum, Community Member
4/ 6/10 8:16pm

I feel your pain! I am down to chicken, turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, cooked/grilled veggies, low fat yogurt, boiled egg, gluten free cereals such as rice and corn chex with vanilla almond milk, Pamela's gluten free products such as the bread mix or baking mix, chicken & rice soup, water and Gatorade. The supplements I take include zinc, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, acidophilus, Omega 3, 6, 9, Magnesium all in high doses! I cut out tea, chocolate, peanut butter, bread & pasta with wheat gluten, spicy foods such as Indian and Mexican. Hope this helps!

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Cynthia, Community Member
6/18/10 5:12pm

I'm newly diagnosed and nobody said anything about avoiding gluten.  Is this something that your doctor told you or something that you just discovered that works for you?  How long ago were you diagnosed?  Thanks, Cynthia

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LSchrum, Community Member
6/18/10 8:33pm

I discovered that I was sensitive to gluten and it just added to the symptoms. I think a lot of people are allergic to gluten, since it is in so many things, and they don't know it. I am much better, almost symptom-free, when I stay on the diet I described. Hope you can find some relief!

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Cynthia, Community Member
6/18/10 10:07pm

Thanks for your input.  I just came home from the hospital last night without much guidance regarding diet.

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gloria, Community Member
9/ 8/11 1:12am

thanks  i to just got out of the hospital too , with no guidance   at all , did remove kidney stones  2 remain , im straving im so afaried of eating anything

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SHEENA, Community Member
3/23/14 9:29am

I feel like I'm a prisioner to this. I can't eat anything. The pain is unbearable. I can't rest and I find my self popping pain pills just to sit up for a couple of hours to cook or do things with my kids. 

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JoJo, Community Member
6/12/14 10:59am

Get help!!!  It can be very dangerous!!! 

 

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Coffeelover, Community Member
6/16/12 10:35am

You're not alone. They told me just to drink plenty of water. And that was it. Now what do I do? Didn't tell me what to eat what not to eat. I guess the doc thot I should look it up myself.

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steve, Community Member
11/ 1/11 7:48am

hi, i seen onloine where green tea is good for the panceras. is that true or not?

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jeff boreo, Community Member
2/ 7/12 12:59am

my wife is going thru pancreatitis and would really like somebody to email me a list of do's donts of what to eat. She is presently also battling stage 4 liver cancer. And i truly love her so much and want to do everything possible i can for her. p.s. its not that i'm to lazy its that i barely know how to operate computer. So i'm begging somebody to pretty pls email me a list with do eats and dont's or reciepe's that i could prepair for her.  pls dont ignore this i'm so desperate for help. I'm gonna thank u in advance incase i cant find this site again

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kimi, Community Member
3/18/12 3:01am

For your wifes liver problems have you tried  beat juice?

Also have you tried juice diet?

Send me a e-mail.

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booboo212, Community Member
5/11/13 7:03pm

From what I have read, she should be getting a lot of anti oxidants.  Get a Magic Bullet and juice a lot of vegetables for her.  I like to Kale, apple, flax seeds pineapple, small piece of banana, and spinach.  Also, Anti-oxidant green tea.  Lots of liquids so I have read.  Good luck

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James Knoppe, Community Member
12/11/12 6:11pm

what foods to eat and not to eat when you have a pancreatitis flare up

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naveen, Community Member
11/30/13 1:52pm

What food to eat when I have pancreTitis

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Ron, Community Member
12/ 1/13 4:26pm

Anyone have any recipe I can make for my Pancreatitis just got out of the hospital dont want to go back please email me at ronhubler@aol.com

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mom, Community Member
1/ 9/14 2:24pm

I have a 12 yr old who was diagnosed at 9 with necrotizing pancreatitis been in the hosp twice he is on a 10gm fat a day diet its very hard of course he won't ever smoke or drink in his life when he was admited to childrens hosp it was one of the worst cases on such a little boy he had the pancreas of a 50 yr old person who drank and smoked life long wiht the worst diet. As the yrs have passed I've heard and done the do's and don'ts about this of course no fat, no flour, and no sugar no gluten red meat and so forth but a my sisters teacher whoalso happens to be a dr said that tomatoes necrotize or kills pancreas also corn products are no good for it because of some components used in the corn fertilizers damage pancreas so for the many people out there like us that need answers  of what caused pancreatitis and drs are probably going crazy looking for causes we'lljust have to settle for what works for others might work for us to. Keep our fingers crossed for an answer quickly and pray for those of us who believe in miracles.

 

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beckie, Community Member
4/24/14 5:59pm

I just got diagnosed with pancreatitis and the pain is horrible. Received morphine in the hospital and then sent home with pain meds u would get with having a toothache that arent helping. Like many others have said kinda afraid to eat ANYTHING. But I just wanted to say how sorry I am that your son has had to already deal with something like this at such a young age. It just isnt right!! He should be able to eat whatever he wants and must be extremely aggravating for him. He and ur family are in my prayers. I know ur post was bac n Jan. Was jus wondering how he is doing now?

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SHAMALA, Community Member
2/21/14 5:37am

GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES AND ANTIOXIDANT RICH FOODS

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Zippyinger, Community Member
4/23/14 1:31pm

my mother was told no green leafy veggies.  we dont know what she can have  she has lost over 50 lbs  she has nothing left to lose. im trying to make a list of do's and don'ts. 

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