whipple procedure

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whipple procedure

by kittikatt on Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:00 AM

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I aws diagnosed with pancreatitis at 45 and had the whipple a couple months later at MUSC in Charleston, SC.  Dr Adadms didi the surgery and he has people from all over the world to do the surgery. I was 45 and I am 52 now.  I have been bed ridden since I was 45 when I had the surgery.  I have extreme pain and on 3 types of pain meds including morphine. 

Dr Adams from MUSC has people from all over the world come to get this procedure from him. He is really a great Dr.  I stay depressed because I cant go anywhere.  But I am getting better little by little.  Seven years and some day I will be able to go places. I can only go places where there is a cart I can drive like wal-mart. If you want to respond and I will respond back.

thanks

Allyson

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by kittikatt on Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 6/29/2009 kittikatt wrote:o

I was diagnosed with non- alcoholic pancreatitis at 45 and had the whipple a couple months later at MUSC in Charleston, SC.  Dr Adadms didi the surgery and he has people from all over the world to do the surgery. I was 45 and I am 52 now.  I have been bed ridden since I was 45 when I had the surgery.  I have extreme pain and on 3 types of pain meds including morphine. 

Dr Adams from MUSC has people from all over the world come to get this procedure from him. He is really a great Dr.  I stay depressed because I cant go anywhere.  But I am getting better little by little.  Seven years and some day I will be able to go places. I can only go places where there is a cart I can drive like wal-mart. If you want to respond and I will respond back.

God Bless and good luck to all who suffer

Allyson


 

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by kittikatt on Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 6/29/2009 kittikatt wrote:

 

On 6/29/2009 kittikatt wrote:o

I was diagnosed with non- alcoholic pancreatitis at 45 and had the whipple a couple months later at MUSC in Charleston, SC.  Dr Adadms did the surgery and he has people from all over the world to do the surgery. I was 45 and I am 52 now.  I have been bed ridden since I was 45 when I had the surgery.  I have extreme pain and on 3 types of pain meds including morphine. 

He is really a great Dr.  I stay depressed because I cant go anywhere.  But I am getting better little by little.  Seven years and some day I will be able to go places. I can only go places where there is a cart I can drive like wal-mart. If you want to respond and I will respond back.

God Bless and good luck to all who suffer

Allyson


 


 

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by Chrisxman on Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 6/29/2009 kittikatt wrote:

I aws diagnosed with pancreatitis at 45 and had the whipple a couple months later at MUSC in Charleston, SC.  Dr Adadms didi the surgery and he has people from all over the world to do the surgery. I was 45 and I am 52 now.  I have been bed ridden since I was 45 when I had the surgery.  I have extreme pain and on 3 types of pain meds including morphine. 

Dr Adams from MUSC has people from all over the world come to get this procedure from him. He is really a great Dr.  I stay depressed because I cant go anywhere.  But I am getting better little by little.  Seven years and some day I will be able to go places. I can only go places where there is a cart I can drive like wal-mart. If you want to respond and I will respond back.

thanks

Allyson


Hi Allyson,

I am a 78 year old guy who had the Whipple seven years ago last January.  Without question the whipple procedure is about the toughest of them all.  It took me almost five years before I was able to do very much and now I am doing much better.  The only advice I have is what I have done and that is to be as positive as possible and fight the depression when it comes.  There ia a light at the end of the tunnel as the saying goes and if you have made it this far you can continue.  I bought a mobility cart so that I can take care of what I have to do.  I live alone so the cart allows me to go to doctor appointments by myself and I can handle the everyday chores around my home.  I also have COPD and am using oxygen but that is just an inconvenience.  I am a disabled vet and all my medical care has been through the Loma Linda VA hospital here in CA.  They have been wonderful and my doctors  are top of the line.  I no longer see the Oncology folks, just my regular doctor and that is just a once a  year visit.

Hang in there Allyson, I send my best thoughts and wishes.

Chris. . .

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by kittikatt on Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:00 AM

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Cris,

thanks for the words of encouragemen.  It really made my day  I didnt mean to put 3 messages on there I was trying to edit.  I hope this message finds you well.  But I do have a question. Do you have a PCA? (personal care assistant} She is invaluable to us as my mother has diabetes, chrones and a ruptured tenden and to top it all of mu sister who helps us almost every day broke her hand. I think sometimes if it wasnt for bad luck I wouldnt have any at all. I am just teasing, we take it as it comes.  Take care Chris and good luck

sincerely

Allyson

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by MargueriteJ on Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hi Allyson,

I also had the Whipple procedure at MUSC.  I think Dr. Adams is the greatest.  I get from your message that you still have issues from the surgery.  I do too.  I've been trying to find someone who had the surgery five or more years ago to see what effects it had on them.  I had my surgery in 2001.  It forces a lifestyle change and for awhile I did okay with it.  Now I've developed diabetes and my enzymes don't seem to work anymore.  I've removed more and more items from my diet that I think I'm better off not wasting time with meals.  I'm curious if you take medication, if you're diabetic or choose your food very very carefully to avoid serious sickness afterwards.  I feel very alone in my situation and can't sem to make others understand why it depresses me so much.  I could really use the opinion of others who are in my shoes.

MargueriteJ

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by randyk on Mon Jan 27, 2014 01:06 AM

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Hi there.u doing any better? Hope so.is the doctor still helping u? I also had whipple.now have complcations with stitches coming loose.maybe someone knows about this.can help?

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