Hi everyone, this is Megan from Mission: Cure. Linda_MC and I were just speaking to some pancreatitis pain experts at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, US, and we got an explanation for symptoms that had previously been un-recognized and unexplained by pancreatitis doctors. My brother and many others are cold all the time and sometimes get Reynaud's syndrome, which is where your fingers turn white. Other people have excessive sweating, which I just learned is technically called "hyperhidrosis." We learned that these are normal reactions to nerve damage that can be caused by pancreatitis. The pain affects your autonomic nervous system, which (among other things) helps regulate your body temperature. The damage can make your body mistakenly think it is too hot or too cold. If it thinks it is too hot...sweating. If it thinks it is too cold...white fingers!
Aside from being a relief to know why things are happening in your body, these things may be treatable! Mission: Cure is working with Johns Hopkins to identify and test treatments.