i would like to share my own pancreatic experience, hope this gives you some clarity of your condition. I am from Northern ireland and i am currently 28 years of age.
When i was 21 i was admitted to hospital with acute pancreatitus, i can only describe the pain as having a knife in your side which you can not remove and the only way to stop the pain is not to eat, by the way morphine based drugs do not work, they only send the pancreatitc duct to spasm causing more pain, i found ibrophen was a god send along with green tea reduced my time in hospital to 3 days.
Following a 2 week stay i was discharged when the inflammation and pain subsided. 2 weeks later i got another bout of acute pancreatitus, at this age it is uncommon, however the doctors kept asking if i was a drinker, which i would have had a few drinks at the the weekend with my friends but nothing excessive. anyway i got another round of pancreatitus 3 weeks later after which they sent me to a gastro doctor who then referred me to the cystic fibrosis clinic.
After some genetic testing they found that i had CFTR related pancreatitus with a 508 gene on one side of the DNA chain causing recurring pancreatitus at which point they labelled me as chronic.
i was then refereed back to a gastro doctor who after another bout of pancreatitus seen that my pancreatic duct was dilated and there was some slush stones in my galbladder, they removed the gal bladder and i have been symptom free for 6 years.
I went for a recent CT which showed pancreatic atrophy and extensive calcification, however i do not feel any pain.
what has brought me to this page is that i am finding it hard to get life insurance and was looking clarification of the calcification and its effects in future life?
any way i hope this helps pengiun1 and thanks for sharing your experience.