I was hospitalized with a sudden bad pancreatitis attack in spring of 2012. Tests & a biopsy revealed I had the type of tumors that turn into cancer in my pancreas. Several were very large and a number of small ones scattered around too. I asked what caused them, & was told alcohol use was a big factory. I have never drunk alcohol! On Aug. 31, 2012 they did the surgery & they ended up removing a LARGE part of the pancreas, the Spleen & all surrounding lymph nodes. The Dr is a cancer specialist and said it was done so radically since "it looked like Cancer" to him, & that my recovery would be faster if it was cancer. It turned out not to be cancer, HURRAY! Yet, I will need yearly MRIs to moniter the small tumors in the remaining small part of my pancreas.
Now I am Diabetic. This requires meds that so far we haven't found anything oral that are really effective & are quite expensive as well. The Dr. said I need to take Pancreatic enzymes with meals as well, which are hundreds of $$$ a month too, & completely unaffordable for me. Now I have really bad CONSTIPATION, hard, lumpy uncomfortable! I have tried all kinds of things, nothing seems to resolve it. I struggle and am using plain water enemas pretty much daily to get things to move at all, I take probiotics, I try to get enough fiber in my daily diet, have even supplemented by trying the psyllium stuff( terrible gas & cramping pain), & a Calcium Polycarbophil fiber suppliment that didn't seem to help either. I occasionally use M.O.M. or a natural vegetable laxative when things get really bad once or twice a week, they help, yet I don't want to become dependent on those.
On top of all this my urine smells really weird. Kind of chemically is the best way I can describe it.
None of this was a problem before the pancreas was removed. I don't know what to do. I would appreciate any advice to help.
Thank you, in advance.
(I need to add that I had my Gall Bladder removed due to stones about 30 yrs. ago as well, if that has any bearing on anything.)