• Any advice?

    Asked by Tenshi25 on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Any advice?

    My mom has been wanting to eat but can only eat a bite or two before she feels like she ate a 10 course meal. She gets frustrated because she does want to eat, just cannot. Anyone else experiencing this? Also, her left side is constantly throbbing, even with pain meds and heating pads, she cannot get comfortable. Does anyone else have anything they suggest? I will try anything at this point. Thanks!

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • carm's Avatar

      I am an oncology nurse and I will attach a link that might help with the nutritional issue. However, try not to use a heating pad for the pain. Heat draws blood to the site and increases the throbbing. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.


      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      No suggestions - but sending healing vibes and will keep you and your mom in my prayers.

      over 4 years ago
    • LindaD@StF's Avatar

      As far as eating, go for the high quality, high calorie things. Small amounts of protein shakes or smoothies work for some. For pain, try ice, not heat. Try some distraction and deep breathing. soft music has been shown to help. ask your doctor if a change in her pain med is warranted.

      over 4 years ago
    • tibby150's Avatar

      I'm assuming your mom had the whipple?...I couldn't eat for at least a month after getting it. What finally worked was good old nanny eggs (boiled eggs 4 minutes w/ toast ...no butter)....now I can't wait for breakfast...they are sooo good. As far as the pain in the side...I assume that is adhesions they hurt like crazy...what did work one night when I just couldn't take it was 2 vicadins. That night they were great because i hurt so bad but I'll never take them again because they make me feel so nauseous. If its night and you fall asleep they are great but if you are awake they make you feel nauseous

      over 4 years ago
    • kelley_gleason's Avatar

      High protein drinks is what I did. I also used ice packs instead of heat.

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Hello. Early on, my dad had this problem. What I would do is make smaller, more frequent meals available to snack little by little throughout the day, rather than large meals. We also did the nutrition shake thing, and encouraged small sips. But they also say don't push it too much on them as a family member. Let the doctor know about it, and they'll advise.

      You can try Ensure or Boost-type drinks. My dad disliked those. So what we did is make our own with whole milk, mixed with powdered milk to boost the protein, and those Carnation breakfast essentials like this http://www.carnationbreakfastessentials.com/Products/Powder/Variety-Pack/Description.aspx You can throw it in into the blender with a little ice or ice cream. It might go down easier.

      I would also try asking the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network if they have any suggestions. They have a variety of information available, including a neat little booklet on nutrition that they can send out to you. pancan.org

      over 4 years ago
    • Russ' Avatar

      Hi Tenshi25,
      How far out from surgery is she? Having part of your pancreas removed can cause cramping every time she eats. Your pancreas is now operating on 60% to 75% of what it did pre-op, and causes pain in that area. Eat little a lot of times. Try to stay away from the pain meds around eating time. That too can cause constipation, and cramping on the left side. Good luck....

      over 4 years ago
    • Kato12's Avatar

      Tenishi25, I feel like that now and will have my whipple next week. I drink the high calorie Ensure in the morning and whatever I can gag down during the day. My appetite has been gone for quite some time. Just make sure that she eats whatever is high in protein and calories. several small meals are better for her then a large meal that would make her uncomfortable or maybe sick. Let her nibble on things like bits of cheese and crackers and whatever she likes in very small amounts.
      God Bless you for being such a caring daughter, and Blessings to your precious mother.

      about 4 years ago
    • Kato12's Avatar

      Maybe try an ice pack for her side. Ice reduces swelling and she may still have some swelling from her surgery. .

      about 4 years ago

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