I???m 31 years old, 6???2??? and about 230lbs. I???ve been doing Paleo for nearly a year now with fantastic results. My new diet combined with regular exercise (running and some strength training) has resulted in just over 100lbs of weight loss since I began. I???ve still got about 20-30lbs that I???d like to lose but I feel amazing.
In 2002 I was diagnosed with pancreatitis. I had a stuck gallstone blocking the excretion of lipase/analyze from my pancreas into my digestive system. At that time they performed an ERCP and cleared out my common bile duct. This resulted in relief for about 3 or 4 years when I had a repeat of the problem. Once again they cleared out the common bile duct and sent me on my way. Finally about 3 years ago on the 3rd go around they decided to remove my gallbladder. I???ve been symptom free since then however my lab results are consistently abnormal every year when I have my physical. The lipase/analyze levels remain fairly elevated in my blood. They recently opened a clinic that is specializing in endoscopic ultrasounds for upper GI issues near me and my doctor decided to have me undergo the test to see if there are any problems with my pancreas. The results of the test indicated moderate amount of scar tissue in a ???honey comb??? pattern on my pancreas. My gastroenterologist didn't seem overly concerned with this and suggested we just continue to monitor it for symptoms.
So ??? my question to you is given that my pancreas is damaged (performing sub-optimally) and that I don???t have a gallbladder which supplements should I be adding to my diet in order to ensure a balanced digestive system?
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on February 21, 2013
at 02:42 AM
Jason - in what ways do you feel like your digestive system is out of balance? If you are struggling to digest fats (lots of loose, floaty stools) you can take ox bile with meals to supplement your own bile. If you feel gassy and bloaty you can experiment with different enzymes (not sure how these interact with pancreas; read up to make sure). If you are being precautionary, just eating paleo will, over time, help to balance your gut flora.
I seem to also remember high lipase being indicative of other digestive issues, like crohns and celiac... here is a website I have learned a lot from regarding paleo and digestive issues: http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/paleo-diet-and-ibs.html
One other thought, that may not be applicable to you. I have quite a bit of scar tissue in my upper abdomen from my gallbladder removal, and other surgeries (I have pyloric stenosis as an infant). This scar tissue has always caused me a lot of pain. I recently started going to a chiropractor who does Active Release Technique - kind of the sports medicine branch of chiro. I have a shoulder injury that we are working out. I mentioned this scar tissue in my abdomen, and he started working on it as well. Just some REALLY deep (slightly painful) massaging. 3 sessions, and the scar tissue is broken up - I can physically feel the difference with my hands, and the pain I had there is gone. I am stunned, considering how long I suffered with this pain. Might be something to look into.