Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 18, 2019
Medscape: "Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency: The Primary Care Perspective."<br>Pancreas Foundation: "Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)."<br>National Institutes of Health: "Vitamin A," "Vitamin D," "Vitamin E," "Vitamin K."
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If you're newly diagnosed, take comfort in knowing it typically takes weeks, if not months, to get your diet and enzyme dosing dialed in to where EPI symptoms may be under control. Don't get too worried by bad days early on.
'No alcohol' goes without saying. If you're socializing, try virgin drinks or simple club soda and lime. Fluid intake is important. I don't go anywhere without my water bottle. I drink coffee on good mornings, tea in the evening, and ginger ale on tough days.
When you're away from home, it’s good to know where restrooms are. There are apps out there like Sit or Squat and Flush. You put in your location and it gives you the nearest bathrooms. Keep or carry an extra set of clothes in case of emergency.
Look for a good support system -- friends, family, other survivors. Keeping positive people around you helps you get through the tougher days. It's important to remain hopeful. I'm a 14-year pancreatic cancer survivor. A positive attitude and keeping my faith helps.
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