I am a 51 yr. old mother of three daughters - ages 11,14, and 17. I work full time and 4 yrs. ago I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis of an idiopathic nature. I have recurrent stenosis of my biliary ducts and severe gastroparesis. My biliary ducts have been reopened several times in the past four years. I am careful about what I eat, no dairy, little or no fat, and no red meat. I don't drink alcohol and have never smoked or used drugs. I currently take the following meds: Protonix, Cymbalta, Provigil, Vicodin, Creon, and Excedrin PM which helps me sleep because of achiness. Without the Provigil, I cannot stay awake during the day and cannot function without it. I consume very little food, but continue to increase in size in my mid-section and my cholesterol has gone from 165 to 280 in 5 months. My liver enzymes have been elevated for approx. the same period of time and I am now very worried about what is going on. My urine and hands have a musty odor and my potassium level is often depleted -- I urinate frequently. I am not diabetic.
In addition, I have developed severe palmar/plantar hyperkerotosis which causes my feet to hurt, and my cervical spine has developed problems which cause severe neck pain and in my occipital nerves. Although my internist has recommended a 3 mile a day walk or riding a bike, in hopes of lowering my cholesterol, the thought of exercising make me feel ill because my bones hurt so badly. I have episodic falling where I fall for no reason -- my legs simply collapse under me.
Your thoughts on possible causes would be appreciated. I have started on a combination of the 20/30 diet and Weight Watchers in an attempt to lose the weight -- but I know that I have been eating under 1200 calories a day since I became sick 4 years ago.