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5 yrs after whipple was posted 08/01/2009 01:49 am by Anonymous
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My mother is just days away from being 5 yrs after whipple. She does still have some digestive issues. Some days seem to be worse than others. She does take enzymes, but I couldn't tell you how much before each meal. She lost weight, but has gained some of it back. I agree with the other posters that her docs don't seem to know what to do with her as a pancreatic cancer survivor. As I see it, her main problem is her blood sugar going too low, too frequently. She sees an endochronologist, but I think he has her taking too much insulin. Quite often her blood sugar levels are in the 60's and this isn't good. I'd love to talk to him about it, but with current privacy laws the way they are, I can't. I have read that what is left of the pancreas after surgery then gets radiation. Over time, the radiation causes the remaining part to basically shrivel up and die, thus no insulin is being produced at all. But I still think her docs just don't know how to treat her ailments now that she's 5 years out.

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