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I have a cousin who seemed to be health until last week. Then he has noticed there is something wrong, so he decided to visit his doctor. It was surprise what he found out there. He was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, which surprised all of us who knows him. Now I wish to hear more about this condition, and which is appropriate treatment and home care for these patients.

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First, I have to tell you that proper hydration is important in the health of all people, but especially for people with chronic pancreatitis. Many people with chronic pancreatitis are aware of the need for fat restriction. However, few are aware of the need for adequate hydration. Many of patients with chronic pancreatitis have flares, which mean increased pain, when they are dehydrated. The exact reason is not known at this time, but it is assumed that the lack of fluid assists in the accumulation of pancreatic sludge. This sludge can then lead to blockages, which can irritate the pancreas leading to increased pain. Dehydration often occurs due to warm temperatures and excess water losses, increased activity level, and inadequate intake. It is important to understand that thirst is a sign of dehydration and therefore not a timely indicator of our fluid needs in patients such as your cousin. Fluid needs can be met with any beverage that does not have caffeine or alcohol, because these substances should be limited as they are diuretics and promote fluid loss. Foods with high water content such as fruits, vegetables, and soups are also helpful in these pancreatic problems such as chronic pancreatitis. Important is to understand that thirst is an indicator that patient is already dehydrated. That is why he or she should be sure to drink before any feeling of thirst.
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