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Food after Whipple was posted 11/24/2014 04:48 pm by Anonymous
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George, do you or your Father have much experience with cooking or meal preparation? (From your comments, it seems possible your Mom may have been the Chef of the family, which would not be unusual.) If lack of experience is an issue, perhaps there is someone in your family that would be willing to prepare tasty meals that can be frozen in individual portions and simply reheated, although I think your Mom may enjoy food more if it is shared in a typical meal setting with family. If family is unavailable to help, perhaps a friend in the area can help. Has her doctor recommended consultation with a nutritionist to develop a meal plan that works for her? That could also help. Is she taking Creon or other prescription strength pancreatic enzymes with her food/meals? The abdominal pain may be caused by not taking the enzymes, or not taking enough of them to control symptoms. Food after Whipple surgery can be a big issue to solve, taking lots of time, trial and error to find what works. Lillie's post regarding food selections is very valuable information. More food selections can be added as time passes. What I found worked best for me was simply eat the foods I enjoyed before surgery, in smaller portions, and go light on the seasonings especially at first. With time, the food began to taste as I remembered it and I began enjoying food again which led to weight gain. It took several months for that to happen, so patience is useful. Food did not agree with me until I started Creon and got the dosage right. Years have passed, and I still must take Creon with meals/snacks or I do not digest the food and have adverse side affects, one of which is painful gas (abdominal pain.)

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