There are certainly some very tough situations for some people. Recently heard from M who wrote about not being able to afford ER support for a recent flare of pancreatitis. M wrote:
“I was first diagnosed with Pancreatitis just before my wedding in August of 2010. The only relief was my week in the ER on fluids in my IV and a serious of pain and sleeping pills.
Now I have a horrible flair up and can’t afford to go to the ER for another week as I am still paying on the old bills.
Does it help to eat the yogurt/jello while you have it or do you have to stop all food intake until the pain subsides? This just doesn’t feel like it would be healthy at all.
I think my sickness must come from a combination of alcohol, food, and stress.
Firstly M, we think you should do whatever you can to seek medical assistance as soon as humanly possible. Is it possible for you to see your general practitioner prior to going to the ER? Limiting food intake is the usual initial treatment but as you allude – it can be difficult and you also want to ensure nutrition (and most importantly ensure that you are keeping well hydrated). You should attempt to keep water intake. Yoghurt might not be the best thing due to the fat content. Definitely low fat variety and even then probably only small amounts. Try a small amount and see how it goes. Also, some mashed potatoes, pumpkin/other vegetables might be worth a go. As you’ll see in the interview with dietitian, sometimes some hospital grade sustagen or similar product could be helpful.
Please try to obtain some medical assistance and let us know how you get on!
All the best