My Son may have Pancreatitis

United States
August 14, 2007 6:51pm CST
My son went to the Emergency Room at our local hospital with his wife last night. She was having trouble breathing and was diagnosed with pneumonia. He was having abdominal pain and from their examinations it was concluded that he may have pancreatitis and basically the doctor told him that there wasn't much they could do to treat it. This left my son very depressed and he has been crying most of the day thinking he may die from this. After researching it on the internet I found that there are treatments that can be done. He will have to follow a strict diet and not drink alcohol. I wish I could slap this doctor for having such poor bedside manner.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
14 Aug 07
What kind of doctor was he? That was an awful thing to say. There has to be something that can be done. Go for a second opinion. I am so sorry to hear this and I will be praying that he gets better..
• United States
14 Aug 07
Thank you Feona. It breaks my heart to have him suffer like this.
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
15 Aug 07
im really sorry to hear this.i hope he gets better.i will pray for him.i would get another opinion though.sometimes the doctors make some crazy mis diagnosis.i know this from experience.my prayers are with you and him.
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@1289786 (51)
• United States
15 Aug 07
yeah let him know that all of us on mylot are here by us.. and what a terrible doctor. maybe someone should diagnose him with mono and tell him that theres not much that we can do. what a piece of $#&@*
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@lpetges (3036)
• United States
15 Aug 07
sorry to hear about that. He should really get another opinion. i know its expensive and sometimes not covered, but it could save his life and give him peace of mind.
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• Canada
16 Aug 07
I couldn't agree more ElusiveButterfly that this "Doctors" bedside manner was very poor. I would definitely get a second opinion on that one. I hope he feels better soon. My heart and thoughts are with you!
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@sunshinecup (7881)
15 Aug 07
I have one better for ya. My mother at the time 63 years old, went to the emergency room because what started off as a period, after not having them for 20 years, became severe flooding. She soaked her pants and napkins within minutes it was that bad. She finally, after waiting for 6 hours in the waiting room, gets back there to hear the doctor say, "You just had an egg left in your ovaries after all these years. It's normal". WTH???? Of course they didn't let her leave until they got it under control, then I had her come see my Doctor the following week where they found she had uterine cancer!!!! Do me a favor and have your son go for a second Doctor’s diagnose. If it doesn’t sound right to your or him, don’t trust that doctor. There are some real quacks out here.
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug 07
Sweetie I am so sorry about this and I do hope that your Son will report that Doctor the poor Soul must have been so scared it is a horrible thought thinking you are going to die I am glad that you did a research on it and found that there is a treatment Hugs to you and to your Son
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
15 Aug 07
This was a double shock for you, & for your son & DIL. Pneumonia is bad enough, but pancreatitis is an illness I know nothing about. I agree it was very bad for the Doctor to be so negative. In fat, probably your son has a right to lay a complaint. Is your DIL staying in hospital? Did the Doctor recommend a specialist for your son?
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Aug 07
Sorry to hear about your family's bad news, Elusive. When it rains it does seem to pour, however, research is finding new cures at a really rapid pace. Tell your son not to despair. He will have to make some adjustments in his lifestyle as you said. We all have to do that sooner or later. I will add him to my prayer list. It's true that some doctors have the worst bedside manner. Hope your DIL is feeling better soon.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
15 Aug 07
Oh geez thats terrible. I hope he feels better soon. So now is pancreatitis? I dont have a clue. And never heard of it. Sometimes I wonder about these doctors. Your poor soon was worrying for nothing.
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I am so sorry for your son. The pain must be incredible. I hate doctors more and more everyday. Instead of telling him that there wasn't anything that could be done he should have told him what he could do to keep it in 'check'...He's the one that went to medical school, after all. You are a good mother for researching it for him. I do the same thing when my loved one's are hurting. There are very few doctors now-a-days that really care for their patients; they just want them in-and-out so that they move on to the next body. The more bodies they see (I'm saying 'bodies' because that's all we are to most of them) the more money they make for the day. It makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it. God Bless and I will keep him in my prayers.
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• Canada
15 Aug 07
Just read your post and wanted to express my sincere regrets about the way your son and indirectly your family was treated in the midst of his health crisis. I agree with you that the lack of sensitivity and forethought that many doctors exhibit is alarming and appalling. Their God complex attitude (especially amoung many specialists) is something that needs addressing. Do medical colleges lack courses that help doctors to think before they blurt out their blunt truth? From everything I've studied within mind/body/emotional/energetic/spiritual healing modalties gentleness, compassion, ecouragement...and most definitely HOPE can have a large impact on how patients recover. Hopefully your loving, healing touch will assist your son in not not feeling helpless/hopeless and that you both will be directed to ways to take a proactive approach to this challenge even if your doctor doesn't. Wishing you light filled blessings as you confront this unfortunate set of circumstances.