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Pancreatic Trauma

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  • Posted By: LaurenS
  • October 25, 2013
  • 05:50 PM

I was in a severe motor vehicle accident almost 2 years ago. I broke my femur and split my liver and pancreas in half. Needless to say I am lucky to be alive! I have been having a lot of stomach issues which my doctors think is because of the damage to my pancreas. I was wondering if anyone has had a similar injury or surgery to their pancreas. It was the lower part of the pancreas, I believe.
My amazing surgeon used the ducts in my gallbladder to repair my damaged pancreas and there is some part where food bypasses, but I'm not exactly sure where. He said this is the first he knows of the surgery being done for trauma rather than cancer patients(who he usually deals with).
The problem is that I have diarrhea constantly. It used to be 3 to 5 times a day, every day! My surgeon eventually put me on pancreas enzymes because my pancreas is not making enough so my body was not absorbing any nutrients from anything I ate. Since then it is now 5 to 6 times a week, occasionally soft and rarely normal stool. I am constantly fatigued and want to sleep all the time. This interferes with school, work and my every day life. It also does not help my depression or ptsd. I have been struggling with this since a couple months after my accident and am told I will have these problems for the rest of my life.
Recently, i saw my gastroenterologist. He added new medications on top of the pancreatic enzymes. One is supposed to be for bile build up where the food bypasses(not exactly sure where) and others to help control diarrhea. Hopefully these will help me manage my problems.
But, I would really like to know what are long term effects of this injury and surgery. Will I really have to deal with this and tweak my medications for the rest of my life? Will this affect me when I become pregnant (hopefully in about 3 or 4 years)? Or anything else?
Please help, I am only 24 and doctors around here have never dealt with pancreatic trauma this severe. I am looking for a doctor in Houston, but any info right now would be great. I need to put my mind at ease. It has been a long and bumpy road and I am just ready to get answers. I am in college and hope I do not have to give up my dreams because of an 18 wheeler's stupid mistake. I am at my whits end! Thank you in advance.
Lauren S.

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