For those of you who have had this kind of experience with your pancreatitis journey let me assure you that not all doctors know what they are taking about when it comes to acute or chronic pancreatitis. Even those who have some knowledge don't know everything even if they think they do. In fact ...
They have "cookie cutter" diagnostic criteria and for those who even know ANYTHING about the disease and can even recognize it in a clinical setting miss it or rule it out when you don't fit that "cookie cutter" mold.
Diagnostic criteria and scoring for acute pancreatitis
Diagnostic criteria for chronic pancreatitis
IF someone doesn't fit the "cookie cutter" mold the disease is most often ruled out. But ...
Dr. Sutherland says different in regards to chronic pancreatitis and he has a list of certfications and is kudosed as being one of the top authorities. He is:
- Director of the Diabetes Institute for Immunology and Transplantation
- Head of the Transplant Division in the Department of Surgery
- Holder of the Golf Classic "fore" Diabetes Research Chair
- Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota
Now keep in mind he makes a boatload of money from pancreas surgery and is regarded as one of the best when it comes to TP/AIT so there is always the possibilty he is pushing for more surgeries but my gut feeling and common sense tells me that he is correct about minimal change chronic pancreatitis.
This means that whether or not your damage presents on radiological testing in blazing colors you still most likely have chronic pancreatitis, it isn't all in your head, your symptoms are real and you need to get a handle on your condition and control it or you may be faced with becoming one of the "gutted" survivors.
Minimal Change Chronic Pancreatitis (scholar type articles):
1: article one
2: Pdf article two
3: article three
4: Pdf article four