I wanted to share more of my story. I recently joined the forum and asked about removing telangiectasia from my face. So in 2005 I was brought down by a serious case of pancreatitis. 32 days in the hospital. Crazy long.
Anyway, about 75% of my pancreas is not functional. I became a type 1 diabetic and insulin dependent. I was not diagnosed with anything and the doctors did not know why I got the pancreatitis. At the time I was 30 years old and drinking some alcohol but not enough to get pancreatitis from but doctors suspected maybe alcohol. I then just to be cautious did not drink at all for 6 years. During this period I also developed Raynaud's with some digital ulcers on and off. and I have vitiligo (white blotches) on legs and couple on chest and back. And I also have noticeable telangiectasia on my face.
As you now can tell I had enough symptoms to be diagnosed. I haven't had any more issues with my pancreas other than it not producing insulin. I have started drinking again, just socially. But do think about sometimes if the alcohol could bring a bout of pancreatitis back? I know this disease is so unpredictable and anything can happen but I don't want it to run my life so I am going to do my best with it and do want I want to do -with some caution. Anybody out there had pancreatitis with scleroderma??
Thanks for listening,