I'm from a different forum, but was being "nosey" and saw this post! :) Hope no one minds!
My mother had colon cancer and had a major surgery and a temporary illeostomy. Ever since then, she has struggled with pancreatitis about 2-3 x per year. To add insult to injury, every single time she has to go to hospital, she's basically accused of being an alcoholic - it got to the point that the first thing she would demand upon going to emerg was an alcohol content blood test!
My mom finally found a dr. (an internist) that explained to her that, in some people, the pancreas will be extemely sensitive due to any major abdominal surgery. She will likely be prone to pancreas problems for the rest of her life. The main advice was to completely cut out fatty foods from her diet. So far, so good - not problems in the past year.
Good luck! From what I can see from my mother, pancreatitis is a pretty painful thing to have, hope you do well.
I had pancreatitis 3xs following surgery and my drs and the anesthegists all insisted that it was not related to the surgeries; mine was after sinus, knee and abdominal. I had every test done possible, have never smoked or drank.
I finally had exploratory surgery done and was full of adhesions and scar tissue; my stomach was in a ball adhered to my chest cavity, my liver was adhered to my ribs. Once everything was released I haven't had pancreatitis since and I have had 3 surgeries since including my subtotal last July. It did take a long time for my stomach to get back to "normal" and I still have nausea issues so I have to take zofran. So I don't really know if it was surgery related or adhesion related.
I know that it was the worst pain in my entire life and each time I was hospitalized for long periods of time. Are you in the hospital now?
I wish you the best and hope you feel better soon.