In 2012, I was 39, a wife and a mother to three girls. I was often waking up in the middle of the night with horrible stomach pain. I finally went to a GI (gastrointestinal) specialist who put me on a gallbladder diet. In December, an astute family doctor noticed my distended abdomen. She sent me in for an ultrasound that night, which eventually led me to a major medical center. It was there that they found an IPMN of the main duct.
I’m being monitored but have not had a resection to date. I do intermittent fasting and eat a low-fat, dairy-free diet to minimize the inflammation. Being in limbo is not ideal but has shown me the importance of early detection.
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