It’s 10:30am on Saturday morning and I just got over a 2 day pancreatic attack. For those of you with RA that don’t (thank god) have pancreatitis let me briefly explain what happens to me: First, the pain coming from my pancreas is excruciating. It is like being stabbed with a bayonet or a long sword directly through your solar plexus. Then it slides down my ribs and around my rib cage. This is usually when I crawl into a ball on the couch or in bed, or on the floor – anywhere really. I take my medicine and wait. I do have a pump but it just helps me to manage being alive. Without my pump I would be very dead. From my understanding, the way a person dies from a pancreatic attack is that the body goes into shock and starts shutting itself off. First, your blood pressure drops very low. Then you temperature goes up to about 101. Next, your system starts turning off all the switches trying to save itself from the shock it is in.
It usually takes about 3 days for me to recover from a pancreatic attack. Now, since my pump, it varies depending on how bad the attack is. I’m not clear why the attacks happen. Sometimes it’s food based, others there’s no rhyme or reason. I never drink even a drop of alcohol. I’m very strict about that. You’ll never ever see me drink a beer or a cocktail.
Since this is all about pancreatitis, I’ll start a new post that’ll be about RA to talk more about what’s happening in life. I suppose i don’t like to cross-pollinate the diseases. If you’re new to this blog and interested to read more, the chronology page might be a good place to start. –Sasha xoxo